With the retirement of Sheriff Mike Mock, a heated race among four candidates is on to replace him.

The sheriff’s race will be decided at the Nov. 8 general election ballot box. Both the Democrat and the Republican avoided primary battles, and so the GOP’s .A.J. “Tony” Smith, 56, Apalachicola, and Democrat Brad Segree, 45, Carrabelle, will battle it out in November.

Also avoiding a party battle and going directly to the November election are two candidates running without party affiliation, Terry Matthew Martin, 55, Carrabelle, and Spence Massey, 46, Carrabelle.

Smith has raised the most funds so far, gathering over $45,000 in campaign contributions. Segree has a war chest of more than $12,000, with Martin having raised about $5,000 and Massey $400.

The sheriff was paid $103,469 in salary this year.