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Former deputies say they were fired for supporting losing candidate
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Two Monroe County deputies have filed a federal lawsuit against Sheriff Tommy Jones and former sheriff Randy White, claiming they were fired unfairly.

Eddie Manning and Doug Brannon claim they lost their jobs in October because they supported former sheriff Bill Bivens during the election and reported vote buying allegations to the district attorney general's office and the FBI.

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Both men want their jobs back, along with back pay and an unspecified amount of money in damages.

Manning and Brannon requested a jury to hear the case.

White won the election over Bivens in August and took office in September. The next month, a judge ruled White wasn't qualified for the position and removed him from office.

Officials appointed Jones to serve as interim sheriff and the commission later chose to keep him as sheriff until the next election in 2016.


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