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Highland County Press endorses Randy Sanders for sheriff

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The Highland County Press is joining numerous law enforcement officials – past and present – in endorsing Randy Sanders for sheriff in the March 19 primary election.

Sanders has years of law enforcement experience with both the Highland County Sheriff's Office and the Highland County Task Force. His efforts in criminal investigations has led to numerous arrests and convictions.

Today, current Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera withdrew his earlier endorsement of Sanders' opponent. That opponent has been placed on leave at the sheriff's office twice in less than one week. There must be a reason.

Sanders is currently the chief investigator of the Highland County Task Force, working with the Highland County Prosecutor’s Office with a focus on drug investigations. His career has also included serving with the Hillsboro Police Department, Highland County Sheriff's Office, Southwest Regional Drug Unit, Ross County Sheriff's Office and U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force.

In 1986, Sanders joined the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, under then-Sheriff Earl Mahaffey. During his first 12-year stint at the HCSO, Sanders served as road sergeant, while also working on drug investigations. After Tom Horst was elected sheriff, Sanders was assigned to the Southwest Regional Drug Unit, where he did undercover investigations in a nine-county area.

“Law enforcement is not just what I do, it's pretty much who I am, and it has been for years,” Sanders told The Highland County Press. “I still think I’ve got several years working left, and I have no plans for retirement at this point. I just want to keep doing it.

“I think I have a huge amount of current and past law enforcement support,” Sanders said. “Since I started this, the people supporting me has been overwhelming.”

The Highland County Press today joins the list of those supporting Randy Sanders for Highland County sheriff.

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– Rory Ryan
Owner, The Highland County Press

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