Patrick Estes and Chan Bryant Face-Off for Democratic Nomination in June 11 Primary Election
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The two Democrats hoping to take over for Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding will face off in the June 11 primary election. Patrick Estes and Chan Bryant are vying for the Democratic nomination in hopes of replacing incumbent Sheriff Harding who has been in the position for over a decade.
"It’s something I've wanted to do since I was 15, so I love it and couldn't imagine in my life,” said Bryant.
Chief Deputy Bryant announced her campaign in January. Bryant has served in the Sheriff’s Office for two decades and would be the first female elected to the position.
"Bringing us as law enforcement and public officials, and public safety together to build and form a strong relationship where everybody sees everybody’s point of view,” said Bryant.
Bryant will face off against Patrick Estes, the regional director for RMC events and former UVA and NFL football player.
"I see this position as an opportunity to get back into public safety and serve all people in our county,” said Estes.
If elected, Estes wants to incentivize Albemarle County deputies to pursue advanced degrees and increase the number of volunteers in the reserve division.
"This is something I'm motivated to come in and make some changes and add on more programs to the Sheriff’s Office to help our entire community and work hand in hand with other law enforcement agencies,” said Estes.
Both want to expand county services for senior citizens and taking a team approach to law enforcement in the county.
"I just want to continue building on what I've been building on for the last four years and doing stuff to benefit the deputies and putting them first and creating an environment where they know someone has their back,” said Bryant.
"I think we need to be asking what more can we do and constantly be evaluating that and make ourselves better and hold our elected officials, the sheriff, to a high standard,” said Estes.
Whoever wins in the June 11 primary will face off against Louisa Police Chief Ronnie Roberts in November’s general election. Roberts is running as an independent.