With election day closing in, Marshall County Sheriff candidates make final push for support

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ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) -- During a  debate  Thursday evening  incumbent Sheriff Scott Walls and his challenger, Chuck Ellis both urged voters to make sure to get to the polls Nov. 4th.

It was standing room only inside the Arab Senior Center for the candidate debate. Many voters tell WHNT News 19 they are still undecided on who they will choose in the race.

"I feel comfortable where we are at. I feel very good about what we have done, and I think the last 10 or 12 days is going to be the telling signs of what we get," challenger Chuck Ellis said.

If elected, this would be  the third term for Incumbent Sheriff Scott Walls.  "We had low turnout in the spring in the primaries and we would hope there is enough interest that remain on the ballot locally that all of our voters will get out," Walls said.

During the debate, both men touched on the need for beefed up security inside the two Marshall County courthouses. Currently there are no metal detectors or armed guards on a regular basis, despite an order for all Alabama courthouses to be secured.  Sheriff Walls says the challenge is finding the funds for the upgrades.

Ellis says he would use money raised through pistol permit applications to pay for the security upgrades.

Ellis told the crowd he would focus on domestic violence and illegal immigration issues if elected. Walls says dealing with the ongoing drug issues in Marshall County will continue to be a top priority if he is re-elected.

Ellis is an Army veteran and current Alabama State Trooper with more than 10 years in law enforcement. Walls is a former Guntersville Police Chief and brings more than 30 years of law enforcement experience to the table.

"I want what is best for Marshall County and I truly think the sheriff wants what is best for Marshall County also,  I just think there is a difference in ideas and the way we want to go about that," Ellis added.

Election day is Nov. 4th.

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