The vote to decide who will become the Republican candidate for Greenville County’s next sheriff will be held on Jan. 7. Whoever wins the Republican primary will face off against unopposed Democrat Paul Guy in the general election on March 10.
In the lead-up to the vote, here’s a look at the Republican candidates – their backgrounds, their goals and their motivations for running – in their own words.
“I plan on creating what I call a ‘new command climate’ – a new law enforcement culture here in Greenville County that’s inclusive to our whole community,’” says Republican candidate for Sheriff Darius Hall. The longtime Greenville County deputy says his passion and commitment will restore faith in a beleaguered sheriff’s office.
“Relationships and transparency are two things that will help bring our community and law enforcement back together,” says Republican candidate for Sheriff Hobart Lewis. The former Greenville County deputy and owner of Carolina Elite Services in Greer says he hears the concerns of the citizens of the county.
A.T. “Tommy” Smith
“I want to restore the sheriff’s office to what it once was, when everyone respected it,” says Republican candidate for Sheriff A.T. “Tommy” Smith. The former Greenville County deputy and former deputy director of the United States Secret Service says he brings a level of experience other candidates do not.
“I’ll be a good steward of the budget and more than that, the faith of the citizens of the county,” says Republican candidate for Sheriff Robert Whatley. The longtime Greenville County deputy says he’s spent half his life wearing the deputy uniform and therefore knows the inner workings of the Sheriff’s Office better than any other candidate.
“We have maintained a (barely) status-quo, day-by-day mindset,” says Republican candidate for Sheriff Sean Zukowsky. The former Greenville County deputy, longtime military veteran and former under-sheriff for Broward County, Florida, says restoring faith in the office will be his primary goal.