Two remain in race for sheriff
The race is now down to two candidates seeking the post for sheriff following Sheriff Bobby Suttles' retirement next month.
Chief Deputy Larry Bryson was the first to throw his name into the ring followed by Bill Wilke, a lieutenant and district commander with the Asheville Police Department, and Greg Christopher, a lieutenant with the NC Highway Patrol.
The Haywood County Democratic Executive Committee voted unanimously in a Monday meeting to select a registered Democrat for the position, which throws Wilke out of the race.
Both Bryson and Christopher are registered Democrats, but Wilke is registered as a Republican.
Janie Benson, Democratic party chairwoman, said the decision to select a Democrat was made because of rules set forth by the NC Democratic Party Plan of Organization.