Sheriff faces challenge in November election

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 06:29 PM

Vance County Sheriff Peter White will face competition in the upcoming November race.

Brian Hobgood, a native of Vance County, filed a petition to run for the county’s top law enforcement post as an unaffiliated candidate. No Republicans are running.

He was certified as a candidate last month after collecting 1,224 signatures for his petition, according to Faye Gill, director of Vance County’s Board of Elections.

White declined the Dispatch’s request for comment Thursday.

As an unaffiliated candidate who filed after the deadline, Hobgood needed to obtain signatures from at least 4 percent of registered voters in the county, or 1,188 voters. Hobgood said he had no doubt he would receive enough signatures by the June deadline.

“I feel like I have support from the whole county,” he said. “I wouldn’t have put my name in the hat if I didn’t think I had a good shot.”

White, a Democrat, was first elected to the Vance County Sheriff’s Office in 2006. He was re-elected in 2010. This November will mark his eighth year in office.

White retired from the State Highway Patrol in 2005 with more than 24 years of service and the rank of major.

During that time, White was stationed for nine years with Troop C, District 4, which serves Vance, Warren and Franklin counties.

He also worked for the Oxford Police Department for four years and the Stovall Police Department for one year.

Hobgood has spent 12 years in law enforcement — 10 years at the Henderson Police Department and two years with the Virginia State Police.

“I have a whole range of experiences in multiple areas of law enforcement that would give me a good background to come up with solutions or an action plan for reducing crime in our community,” he said.

He currently works for the license and theft bureau of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles.

 

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.