Hess, Boshart In Race For Sheriff

Brent Finnegan -- January 11th, 2011

Following Rockingham County Sheriff Don Farley’s announcement of retirement after 2011, Kurt Boshart, a lieutenant with the Harrisonburg Police Department, announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination to run for sheriff.

On Tuesday, C.M. Hess, a major in the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, made his run for sheriff official.

C.M. Hess, Don Farley. Photo sent in by Tim Estep.

C.M. Hess, Don Farley on the courthouse steps Tuesday. Photo by Tim Estep.

In a prepared statement, Hess told a crowd of supporters gathered outside the courthouse, “While I do consider myself a conservative, I do not intend to seek either the Republican or Democratic endorsement. I am a cop, not a politician . . . I’m running for Sheriff as an Independent because law enforcement is about public safety and justice, not partisan politics.”

Farley, also an Independent, introduced and endorsed Hess at the gathering on the courthouse steps Tuesday.

On November 16, Pete DeLea reported in the Daily News-Record that Boshart has the support of several local Republican officials, like Sen. Mark Obenshain. Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Garst spoke during Boshart’s announcement, although Garst has not yet made an official endorsement.

Obenshain said he has faith that the HPD lieutenant can do the job, especially in tough economic times. In recent years, the sheriff’s office has seen cuts in state funding.

“Kurt is a guy that has his priorities straight,” said Obenshain.

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