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Candidate announces nomination for Scott County sheriff as races heat up

Sheriff's races are heating up across southwest Virginia during this election year. (L. Owens, WCYB)

Sheriff's races are heating up across southwest Virginia during this election year.

With a new announcement from a potential candidate, now eyes are on Scott County.

Sheriff John Puckett has held the office since 2008. Before serving the county in law enforcement, Puckett retired from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and CSX railroad.

During his time in office, Puckett said he has focused on safety from new sheriff’s department equipment to installing measures at the courthouse and schools.

“The biggest change probably is schools, school violence, and school shootings. Whenever I was elected, we had one school resource officer. Now, we’ve got five. That’s a big improvement," Puckett said.

Puckett said the biggest problem in the county continues to be drugs.

He has not decided on whether he will run again next term.

Monday, we learned the current major at the sheriff’s office has filed in the voter registar’s office to seek the Republican nomination.

Major Chris Holder has been at the sheriff’s office for 23 years, starting as a jailer.

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