More candidates announce bid for Pender County Sheriff

first_imgJimmie Stokes and Lawrence Fennell (Photos: Contributed) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two more people have announced they plan to run for Sheriff of Pender County.Jimmie Stokes is a School Resource Office at Pender High School. According to a news release, Stokes has lived in Pender County since 1996.- Advertisement – His law enforcement career began in 2011.“It is with great pride that I have decided to run for Sheriff of Pender County. After much prayer, consultations with family and friends, and consideration for the people of Pender County, I believe it is time to pursue the best avenue to positively impact our society,” Stokes said in a news release. “As a current Deputy in Pender, I will continue to build upon the relationships that I establish each and every day.”He also talks about his attempt  to fight the opioid crisis.Related Article: Dems demand full Mueller report; Trump says OK with him“If given the opportunity to be your Sheriff I will work tirelessly to find new avenues to create positive relationships between the Sheriff’s Department and the community, working together with various agencies to eliminate the opiate crisis that plagues our neighborhoods, and creating a safe and welcoming society,” said Stokes.Lawrence Fennell, a Corporal with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Department, announced he intends to run as well.Fennell is a Pender County native and has worked with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Department for the past 10 years.He also describes how he will fight the opioid crisis, which affected his family.“I have seen how our children have been affected by the drug epidemic sweeping our county. I know because even I am not immune from it. You see, my daughter is a victim of the drug trade so I know firsthand the pain mothers and fathers go through. I know the worry, the sleepless nights and the fear as we watch our love ones suffer,” Fennell said in a news release. “We will team together with neighboring law enforcement agencies to do all we can to ensure our deputies get the necessary training to further equip them to do their jobs and not only to save our kids but enable our deputies to go home to their kids and families as well.”Stokes and Fennell make the 6th and 7th candidates who plan to run for sheriff.They join Randy Burton, Joseph Cina, Jason Spivey, Chester Ward and Alan Cutler, who previously announced their intent to run for office.last_img

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