ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The Chief Deputy of the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office is kicking off her campaign to become the county’s first female sheriff.

Chan Bryant made her official campaign announcement on Tuesday morning in front of Albemarle County Circuit Courthouse.

Bryant says she hopes to bring in more programs to build relationships between the community and law enforcement. She also wants to reinstate the DARE Program in schools and implement a senior safety program that checks in on seniors who live alone.

“We get phone calls from people out of town to check on their parents and right now, we forward those calls to the police department,” Bryant said. “I thought it would be good that we can start with our civil process deputies while they’re out serving papers to go and stop by and check on the seniors to make sure they’re OK so their family members know that they’re safe and sound.”

Bryant has worked in the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office since 1995. She became the first woman to become Sergeant in 2009 and the first woman to be promoted to Chief Deputy in 2015.

“I don’t look at it as being the first woman,” Bryant said, referring to potentially become the county’s first female Sheriff. “I look at is as being the most capable person. To me, it’s not about being a female that’s running for Sheriff. It’s about being the best candidate and the best person for this community and for this office.”

Current Sheriff Chip Harding has held the position for more than 10 years. Harding is retiring at the end of this year and supports Bryant’s campaign.

“He’s mentored me in this role and it was actually his idea for me to run for Sheriff,” Bryant said. “I am lucky to have his endorsement.”

The General Election will take place on November 5. So far, no other candidates have announced their intention to run for Sheriff.