JASPER COUNTY, S.C. (WSAV) – The race for Jasper County sheriff isn’t over yet.
Gary Morris, the current chief deputy for the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, is throwing his hat into the ring.
Current Sheriff Chris Malphrus lost his bid for re-election in the Democratic primary to Donald Hipp.
Hipp was the only name on the ballot but Morris, who has been endorsed by Malphrus, secured the 5% of registered voter signatures needed by July 15.
Hipp used the same tactic to get on the ballot in 2016 but lost to Malphrus.
“I would like to offer many thanks to every single citizen who signed my petition,” the chief deputy said. “I am unable to express how truly grateful I am to the team who has helped me gather the needed signatures.
“Your hard work and dedication means the world to me and I will always be grateful for your belief in me.”