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Buchanan says he will run for Sheriff in 2020

Lifelong law enforcement officer Anthony Buchanan is announcing his candidacy for Colleton County Sheriff. The sheriff election is not slated until 2020; however, Buchanan says he decided to formally announce his candidacy on the Republican ticket in a show of support to the community.

Buchanan is a current patrolman with the Ridgeville Police Department. He has worked on that department’s traffic team for the last nine years. The 51-year-old also prior served as a corporal on the Colleton County traffic team with the local sheriff’s office. He has also worked as a law enforcement officer for the last 18 years.

The Virginia native has lived in Colleton County since 1998. This is his first time running for sheriff in any agency.

“I’m running for sheriff because I feel like Colleton County deserves better,” he said. “I want people to be able to sleep in their beds peacefully at night, knowing they are being cared for. And I want people to be proud of their county again. No more negative headlines.”

When asked what his focus will be during his public campaign, Buchanan says he has three main platforms that he is passionate about. He wants to begin a large public education campaign through the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office on the dangers of DUI’s. In that same vein, he said he also wants to simultaneously focus on traffic education and driving education. “South Carolina is number two in the nation for DUI’s,” he said. “My goal is to educate people about speeding and drinking and driving, all in an effort to make our community safer.”

Secondly, Buchanan says he wants to create more of a youth-focus community outreach through the sheriff’s office. He credits Walterboro Police Department Wade Marvin for his implementation of community policing, and says he wants to do that again through the sheriff’s office. Specifically, Buchanan wants to focus on community policing efforts and youth programs in the county’s more rural areas, where older youth and teens live. “Look at Green Pond,” he said. “We need to have our deputies out there working with our youth in their own community.”

Thirdly, Buchanan is pledging to put more deputies on the roads in Colleton County, should he be elected to the sheriff’s office. “We are too top-heavy right now,” he said, referring to the sheriff’s office administrative offices and leaders. “There are too many chief and not enough Indians. I want ot lead by example, and be a sheriff who works in the field.”

Current Sheriff R. Andy Strickland has not confirmed to this newspaper if he will seek another term in office. The office of sheriff is an elected one in Colleton County that traditionally follows partisan political lines.

Heather Walters (1436 Posts)