Gadsden County Gets First Black Sheriff

When the counting was complete, Morris Young upset Ed Spooner by just 64 votes to become Gadsden County’s first ever black sheriff.

Hundreds of supporters lined north Graves Street in Quincy, picking sides in a divisive race for sheriff in which Deputy Morris Young fought to become the first black sheriff in county history.

"It's been very exciting running here in Gadsden County. It's been tough and I hope me and my opponent can come together about the issues and make Gadsden one of the best in the state of Florida,” shares Young.

Chief Deputy Ed Spooner had hoped to carry on as W.A. Woodham successor in a county that hasn't had a new sheriff in 34 years.

"Sheriff Woodham served 33 years and he's a hard one to follow like Bear Brown or Bobby Bowden some of the notable types, but we're ready for it. We've got a good department we're ready for the challenge and so we're looking forward to it,” Spooner explains.

The voters turned out in droves for this, and other races on the ballot.

Despite the 2000 election there's been record turnout in Gadsden. In fact the Supervisor of Elections is expecting a 70-percent turnout county wide.

The sheriff's race brought a lot of people to the polls and some say divided the county along racial lines. Sheriff Morris Young will now have to work to bridge that gap as well as fight crime in Gadsden County.