First and foremost, I look for honesty and integrity in an elected official or candidate for elected office. After that, I look at where they’re coming from and where they envision their agency going. In so doing, I find myself prepared to vote Andy Berry for Rappahannock County Sheriff on Nov. 3.
Like you, I’ve had ample opportunity to get to know Mr. Berry via his four Coffee with the Candidate events and the Friends of Liberty and Rappahannock News candidate forums, and I’ve worked with him for the past three years as a fellow Culpeper County law enforcement officer.
I know he takes the local drug problem seriously and recognizes the benefits of working with other agencies to solve such a multi-jurisdictional problem. We both attended one of Attorney General Mark Herring’s regional heroin roundtables last year. (That one was in Culpeper; there was another in Warren County.) Narcotics are transported not only across county lines but across state lines as well, and for that reason, local, state, and federal agencies have to collaborate. Mr. Berry is right to want to return Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office to the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force.
As the father of two school-age children, he recognizes the importance of school campus safety. We attended 24 hours of active shooter and workplace violence training provided by Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office special operations deputies, who have provided the training to Rappahannock in the past. Mr. Berry has said he wants to place full-time school resource officers at both schools here, and I can’t disagree.
I also like the idea of a candidate campaigning on a platform of transparency, availability and being fiscally conservative, and while I haven’t run out of reasons, I have run out of words. (The News asks that we stop at 300.)
Please vote Berry for Sheriff in 2015.
Angela D. Deavers