Politics

Woman Clayton Sheriff Shot Campaigns To Re-Elect Him

Voters in Clayton County are receiving robocalls from Sheriff Victor Hill's reelection campaign from the woman Hill shot last May.
Voters in Clayton County are receiving robocalls from Sheriff Victor Hill's reelection campaign from the woman Hill shot last May.
Credit Clayton County Sheriff's Office

Voters in Clayton County are receiving robocalls from Sheriff Victor Hill’s reelection campaign from the woman Hill shot last May.

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill is running for re-election and getting some campaign help from a person some might consider an unlikely source.

Last May, Hill, who was off duty at the time, shot real estate agent Gwenevere McCord in the model home where she worked.

In her robocall, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, McCord said, “Hi, this is Gwenevere McCord, and on May 24 I will be voting for Sheriff Victor Hill, because he is the most effective sheriff this county has ever had. Please join my family and I and vote Sheriff Victor Hill.” There is no mention of the shooting.

“I’m just assuming that that lays to rest any question anyone would have regarding that event,” said Pat Pullar, ​chair of Clayton County’s Democratic party.

Both parties have said that event, which left McCord in the hospital for months, was an accident, and that they are good friends. Hill was indicted with a misdemeanor charge for reckless conduct last November. The Gwinnett County District Attorney’s office says the case is awaiting a trial date on court calendars.

McCord, meanwhile, has reportedly applied for a job at the sheriff’s office.

Hill is running against four other candidates for Clayton County sheriff. Pullar says she can’t comment on the soundness of Hill’s campaign strategy, but that it’s not unusual for the Clayton sheriff’s race to be so contested.

Clayton County voters will decide whether or not to give Hill a third term on May 24.

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