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Voters head to the polls for next Orangeburg County Sheriff

Larry Williams Larry Williams
Leroy Ravenell Leroy Ravenell
Allen Hiott Allen Hiott

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Voters are heading to the polls in Orangeburg County for a special election for the county's next sheriff.

This after three term-sheriff Larry Williams died back in September. The two men who hope to be the next sheriff have over 40 years combined of law enforcement experience.

The two men are Democrat Leroy Ravenell and Republican Allen Hiott. Currently, the democrat is the commander at the Sheriff's Office.

Ravenell wants to tackle some of the county's biggest problems like drugs, gangs and burglary.

Hiott was a former lieutenant at the Sheriff's Office for six years. Before that he served in the military for 20 years.

Both men have their plans on what they want to change if elected.

"I know what needs to be done here in the this county and this Sheriff's department," Ravenell says."We have to work together. There has to be communication between law enforcement and the community."

"You're giving this officer a weapon to go out and do a job. They have a deadly force item. Why not give them a non-lethal force item to do their job?" Allen Hiott says.

Ravenell and Hiott both agreed more deputies need to be patrolling neglected areas in the county.

The polls will be open Tuesday from 7 am until 7 pm.

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