Former Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Finch chose to run with no party affiliation, which put him in position to face the winner of the Aug. 14 Primary in this year’s sheriff’s race. Three candidates split the vote in the primary. Incumbent Donnie Conyers got over 35 percent of the vote, followed by Eddie Joe White with just over 34 percent and Henry Hamlin with nearly 30 percent.
The race was not quite as close in the General Election, where – after the absentees were counted – Finch had 181 more votes than his former boss, giving him just over 52 percent of the vote to Conyers’ 47 percent.
Of Florida’s 67 counties, Finch was only one of four candidates who beat an incumbent sheriff during the recent election. It’s also believed that he is Liberty County’s first sheriff to be elected without running as a Democrat.
Although he registered to vote as a Republican in 2001, Finch changed his party affiliation to Democrat in 2012, according to Liberty County Elections Supervisor Marcia Wood. Candidates can remain registered with the party of their choice while seeking office without declaring a party affiliation, she explained.
Liberty County has 4,410 registered voters and of that number, 3,329 cast their ballot in the General Election.