Lewis Ridenour, an Oak Ridge Police Department officer and former chief deputy of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, is running for sheriff in the 2018 election.
In a press release, Ridenour, a Republican, pledged to only serve two terms if elected as Anderson County sheriff. He cited “great concern” over career politicians when announcing his term-limit pledge.
Ridenour pledged to use his community and law enforcement experience, sound judgment, and “know-how” in office, the press release said.
“During my over 20 years of law enforcement experience in this county, I have gained an understanding of the complexities of city and county government, including its capabilities and limitations,” Ridenour said. “Most importantly, the primary role for the sheriff should be to be to make our entire county safe, while also being an advocate for the taxpayers. There are real issues facing our county relating to drugs and crimes against persons and property. There are also many financial issues that will come before us in the years to come. We need a sheriff with extensive experience as an administrator as well as law enforcement.”
Ridenour said the department will need to address budgetary issues and allocating resources where they are needed, without sacrificing the safety and security of the citizens of Anderson County.
“The issues before us continue to be balancing fiscal responsibility with sound judgment,” he said.
He said he is currently the only Republican candidate for sheriff with experience managing the department’s budget, working with county legislative bodies, commission and the operations budget, while also managing the personnel and resources that make up the department.
“I look forward to a positive campaign, meeting citizens, and tackling challenges,” Ridenour said.
Ridenour will be running in the Republican primary, which will be held on May 1, 2018. Early voting for the May 1 primary begins April 11, 2018. The winner will face the Democratic nominee in the general election in August 2018.
For any questions, you may contact Titan Political Strategies at (865) 466-9235 or Ridenour at [email protected], the press release said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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