Matt Moulton takes home the Republican nomination

Moulton defeated Jimmy Dunn, Slate Simons and Will Kendall.

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. — After Houston County Sheriff Cullen Talton announced he would run for re-election last year, several Republican candidates entered the scene, attempting to take over after Talton’s historic five-decade tenure as sheriff.

Candidates ranged from political newcomers to veteran sheriff’s office employees and the current Houston County district attorney.

But after the polls closed, Republican voters in Houston County made their decision: Matt Moulton is the Republican nominee and will face Democrat Arthur Harris in the Nov. 5 general election.

Matt Moulton is a lieutenant with the sheriff’s office. Talton endorsed him earlier this year. Matt Moulton said his uncle, who served as a Bibb County deputy, inspired him when he was a child. Now, Moulton wants to continue the legacy of Houston County’s longest-serving sheriff, Cullen Talton.

Here’s how Houston County Republicans voted:

  • Jimmy Dunn: 2%, (222 VOTES)

  • Matt Moulton: 57%, (6,819 VOTES)

  • Slate Simons: 16%, (1,983 VOTES)

  • Will Kendall: 25%, (3,015 VOTES)

Moulton attended Rosa Taylor Elementary School, Springdale Elementary School, Tattnall Square Academy, and Central High School. She graduated with a college preparatory diploma in 1993.

While he was an SRO, Moulton said, he taught teenagers about the consequences of their decisions in hopes of educating young adults to deter them from criminal activity.

Moulton said the Georgia Public Safety Training Center approached him with an open position, so he applied as a public safety training instructor.

Moulton said he was responsible for coordinating and teaching the Basic Law Enforcement Training Course (BLETC), the 408-hour course that certifies law enforcement officers in Georgia, during his time there from 2013 to 2014.

He sought a position as a deputy with the Houston County Sheriff’s Office after his time at GPSTC and was hired there in 2014.

He has been with the sheriff’s office for the past nine years. Since joining the sheriff’s office, he has been promoted to field training officer, deputy traffic supervisor and narcotics investigator.

Today he is the lieutenant assigned to the criminal investigation divisions.

In Houston County, Democratic candidates have an uphill road, but the race is still technically undetermined. Arthur Harris hasn’t been in law enforcement recently, but he was with Warner Robins police and about 25 years with the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, Harris told 13WMAZ in an interview.

As vote counting continues, we’re following races across Middle Georgia, from sheriff’s races to commission seats to the Macon-Bibb County mayoral race. You can see more of our live coverage here. You can also see all the races we are following here.


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