Candidate won't run for sheriff in Lowndes County

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — Interim Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen has dropped out of the Lowndes County sheriff’s race.

Pamela Weaver, spokeswoman for the secretary of state’s office, tells The Commercial Dispatch that McQueen withdrew from the election last week.

McQueen declined to give a reason for dropping out of the race.

McQueen defeated three other candidates with 54.8 percent of the vote to win the Democratic nomination in the August primaries.

He was set to face Republican candidate Mike Arledge in the general election, which is set for Nov. 8.

Arledge stepped down from his post as justice court judge to run for sheriff and defeated Bo Harris during the Aug. 23 primary runoff.