Greg Hogston, a former Washington County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant, announced his bid for the Democratic nomination for sheriff on Friday.

Hogston is the latest candidate to run for sheriff since Fred Newman announced he’s retiring.

Hogston began his law enforcement career in 1996 and understands firsthand what problems communities face on a daily basis, he said in a news release.

“This is why his platform is communities first with his campaign being operated on three core principles of honesty, integrity and transparency,” the release states.

“My decision to run for sheriff was based on the tremendous encouragement from people within our communities, law enforcement and civic organizations,” Hogston said. “The decision was not about me, but about how we, together, can continue to better our communities and families through strong positive partnerships.”

Hogston said he would continue a positive direction in local law enforcement.

“The Sheriff’s Office works for the citizens of Washington County and must function diligently to serve and protect you,” Hogston said. “Our Sheriff’s Office will work actively in every community, for all citizens, to protect them from abuse, neglect and crime.”

As a father and grandfather, Hogston said he understands the importance of keeping children safe in schools. His plan to do so would be through an enhanced School Resource Officer program and by continuing DARE education in classrooms.

Hogston said he wants to retain highly trained and dedicated individuals, along with continuing to train and improve personnel to ensure that citizens are provided with the highest level of law enforcement services.

Hogston joins Blake Andis and Rex Carter in the sheriff race.

Andis is a lifelong Washington County resident who serves as police chief at Virginia Highlands Community College. In his announcement, Andis stressed the importance of building community trust through advisory boards, better fraud detection and aggressive enforcement against drug dealers.

Carter has worked with the Virginia State Police, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia Highlands Community College in multiple roles. Carter said he would focus on training deputies in trauma care, providing information and assistance to the public, and addressing budget issues.

The election is Nov. 5.

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