Incumbent Kemper County Sheriff Sam Tisdale is running for his third full term in office. He was first elected in a special election in 1998.
James Moore is a candidate for the first time.
The two Democrats placed first and second in the Aug. 7 primary.
Tisdale led the field with about 46 percent of the voter. Moore had about 25 percent .
Moore told Newscenter 11 Friday that he feels his military background would be valuable in the job.
"I stand for community policing and that's the sheriff's department working directly with the community to solve the issues and concerns that they have," said Moore. "Because they know the concerns they have because they know the concerns in their community and we just want to be there to help them work through those issues that they have."
With nine years of service, Tisdale said his track record should speak for itself.
"We built a new jail and we got people picking up trash," said Tisdale. "We got inmates working. That's come under my administration."
Tisdale also said the crime rate is lower since he took office. But should he lose the race, he's not sure what will be next for him.
"Every time somebody runs against you in an election, there's always a chance of losing," said Tisdale. "But I run like I'm a loser, but still hoping to come out on top. "
Moore challenged Kemper County to consider its future
"Think very long and hard, for your next four years' future, because it will affect you for the next four years," said Moore.
Registered voters in Kemper County have until 12 noon Saturday to cast absentee ballots. Election day is Tuesday, Aug. 28, when the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.