Victor Hill claims emails prove he's the subject of a political witch hunt.
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga -- Victor Hill, who left the Clayton County Sheriff's Office in a storm of controversy, is vying for a political comeback.
On Thursday, Hill walked through his Riverdale neighborhood, looking for support in his bid for a state senate seat. 11Alive's Jerry Carnes was there as Hill chatted it up with neighbors. The former sheriff was not so chatty when Carnes attempted to ask questions, continually referring the reporter to his campaign spokesperson.
"She's going to handle the initial campaign announcement," Hill told Carnes. "She's going to take care of everything for you."
Victor Hill made his mark on Clayton County during his four years as Sheriff. There were controversial firings, lawsuits, and battles with the county police department.
This week, Hill qualified as a candidate for the state senate seat in Georgia's 34th District that covers a portion of Clayton and a portion of Fayette County.
The chairman of Clayton's Democratic Party says he's getting phone calls.
"Some people were having concerns that it was about revenge," said Kevin Thomas. "All we can do is ask Victor Hill why he qualified."
With that, Carnes went to Hill's neighborhood. While speaking to a group who live near the former sheriff, Hill approached, looking for support from potential voters.
Time and time again, Hill referred Carnes to spokesperson Erica McKay.
"She wants to handle all the initial press releases, so I'm going to give her that because that's what she gets paid to do," Hill told Carnes.
"He's running on a proven track record of cleaning up Clayton County," said McKay. "He feels Clayton County needs someone who will fight for them."
When asked about the controversy during Hill's tenure as sheriff, McKay referred to it as "propaganda." McKay says right now, Hill isn't talking to the media.
"He wants to focus on the campaign," said McKay.
Renee Miller says her neighbor has her vote.
"I think he was cleaning up Clayton County," said McKay. "Don't most politicians have some controversy?"
Hill is running against incumbent Valencia Seay, who has been a member of the legislature since 2001, and self-employed businessman Travis Spruill.