JACKSON — Incumbent Northampton County Sheriff Wardie Vincent will now face a challenger in the Nov. 2 election.
Tommy Byrum Sr. filed Monday for the position and was certified Friday by the Northampton Board of Elections as an unaffiliated candidate.
Board of Elections’ Director Susie V. Squire said in order for Byrum to file, he needed signatures from four percent of the registered voters in the county as of Jan. 1.
At that time there were 14,480 voters, so Byrum needed 581 signatures.
“He turned in 744 and of those, 602 were certified,” she said.
In a phone interview Saturday, Byrum said the reason he is running is his concerns for the shape of the county.
“We’re not having good investigations in the county,” he said. “I have had people tell me they are scared to sit in their homes at night. I really think I can make a difference.”
He said he has been thinking about running for about a year.
Byrum, a retired farmer, said he has 17 years of law enforcement experience.
He worked for the Sheriff’s Office for nine years and eight years with the town of Conway.
It took Byrum about two weeks to get the necessary signatures.
“I would like for people to see what I’m doing and give me a shot,” he said. “I think I could make a difference.”