Vote Kephart for Hopewell sher­iff

The Progress-Index Weekend - - OPINION -

As life-long cit­i­zens of Hopewell, we are de­voted to our home­town. There are many things in our com­mu­nity and beyond that re­quire change. In our opinion, the Hopewell Sher­iff’s Of­fice is not one of them. We are sit­ting on a gem with a well-run, or­ga­nized, com­mu­nity-ori­ented staff at the Hopewell Sher­iff’s of­fice. With Sher­iff So­dat’s up­com­ing re­tire­ment, Can­di­date Kephart is uniquely qual­i­fied to train the in­com­ing chief deputy and take on the of­fice of Sher­iff. It makes per­fect sense that our cur­rent chief deputy be­come the next sher­iff of Hopewell, VA.

Can­di­date Steve Kephart has served Hopewell for 20 years, 12 years be­ing sec­ond in com­mand. Can­di­date Steve Kephart de­sires to con­tinue to serve. We can­not imag­ine vot­ing for any other can­di­date when the best choice is al­ready in place. Can­di­date Steve Kephart: • Brings proven ded­i­ca­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence • Pro­vides con­ti­nu­ity of ser­vice • Man­ages the $1.5 Mil­lion bud­get with­out flaw

• Pro­motes the ap­pro­pri­ate and needed com­mu­nity ser­vices in Hopewell. To name a few:

1. TRIAD – Crime preven­tion for se­nior cit­i­zens (Kephart per­son­ally part­nered with the Hopewell Po­lice De­part­ment to bring this pro­gram to Hopewell)

2. Project Life­saver – Pro­tects “at risk” in­di­vid­u­als who are prone to wan­der­ing (Kephart brought this na­tional pro­gram to Hopewell)

3. Vet­eran em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties through Vir­ginia Values Vet­er­ans - (Kephart is cur­rently work­ing to get this in place)

We want a sher­iff who has al­ready suc­cess­fully demon­strated his abil­ity and de­vo­tion to this com­mu­nity. A sher­iff who comes ready and in place. A sher­iff who doesn’t tire, but de­sires to con­tinue to serve. We don’t want a sher­iff who: • Is un­em­ployed be­cause he was ter­mi­nated from his law en­force­ment po­si­tion.

• Con­demns and crit­i­cizes the Hopewell sher­iff and his staff, in ob­vi­ous er­ror. • Cam­ou­flages the truth. • Has zero ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in the Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

• Does not speak to the ac­tual job re­quire­ments for the po­si­tion.

Be­cause it seems to be a de­bated topic: FACT - All can­di­dates have lived in and out of Hopewell at their choice.

Take the time to learn what all can­di­dates bring to the ta­ble, and vote on Novem­ber 7, 2017.

When you cast your vote, don’t re­move a proven leader. Re­ward ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­cel­lent per­for­mance. Give Hopewell the op­por­tu­nity to re­main in good hands. Vote Kephart. Bill and Kelly Tiller Hopewell, VA

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