A Democrat, Bates was elected Tuesday when he defeated Republican Bobby Duke.
Bates told The Tuscaloosa News he wants to provide good law enforcement to the west Alabama county and is not concerned about
being the first black sheriff.
Marengo County is about half black and half white.
Bates said he won by knocking on as many doors as possible and it didn't matter if the voters he contacted were white or black.
A truck driver, Bates is a former deputy sheriff in Marengo County and a former military police officer.
Bates said he will focus on fighting illegal drugs while he is sheriff.
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