Democratic Candidate Keith Escue recently announced his intention to withdraw from the November General Election race for the office of Grayson County Sheriff.
On Wednesday, July 23, Escue issued the following statement regarding his withdrawal from the race:
“My name is Keith Escue and I am currently the Democratic Candidate for the Sheriff of Grayson County. It is with regret that I announce that I am withdrawing from the race for the office of Sheriff.
“I have great respect for the office, the candidates that put their time and effort into running for office, and for the people of Grayson County. I am aware of the time and attention that would be necessary to run a successful race, and with some recent changes in my professional life, I am not able to give the time and attention that the people of Grayson County deserve.
“I appreciate all the support and well wishes that I have received along the way. I would like to congratulate Norman Chaffins and wish him all the best as the next sheriff of Grayson County.”
As of press time on Friday, July 25, Escue had not filed the official paperwork to withdraw from the sheriff’s race. He has until August 12 to file the paperwork so his name will not appear on the voting ballot.
Following Escue’s withdrawal, Republican Candidate Norman Chaffins will run unopposed in the November general election for Grayson County Sheriff.
Chaffins said of Escue’s withdrawal, “Obviously, I’m pleased.”
Chaffins explained that any time an opponent drops out of a political race, it reduces stress for a candidate.
Chaffins also said he appreciates and respects that Escue, due to changes in his current job, could not devote 100 percent of his time to his campaign - something citizens expect.
“He didn’t want to cheat the voters, and I certainly respect that decision,” said Chaffins.