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Andrews County Sheriff race heats up as election day approaches

Andrew's Sheriff's Department (Source: KWES). Andrew's Sheriff's Department (Source: KWES).
Candidate Rusty Stewart (Source: Facebook/Rusty Stewart). Candidate Rusty Stewart (Source: Facebook/Rusty Stewart).
Mark Greenhaw, Andrews County Sheriff Candidate (Source: Facebook/Mark Greenhaw). Mark Greenhaw, Andrews County Sheriff Candidate (Source: Facebook/Mark Greenhaw).
ANDREWS, TX (KWES) -

Current Sheriff, Sam Jones, will not be seeking re-election after 15 years as sheriff. Instead, two peace officers from his department are running on the Republican ballot for the title.

Candidate Mark Greenhaw worked in law enforcement for 32 years.

"I had the fortunate ability to go to work [in Andrews] in 1999. I've been there ever since, kind of found a home there," said Greenhaw.

Candidate Rusty Stewart has worked in law enforcement for 19 years, 14 of those in Andrews.
 
"I moved here, went to work for the sheriff's department. It just turned into home real quick," said Stewart.

Stewart is currently an investigator for the department. 

Greenhaw is assigned to the FBI Oilfield Theft Task Force.

When asked about what issues they feel need to be addressed in the community, Stewart and Greenhaw both agreed that the decline in the economy has brought more crime to the area.

"We have thefts on the rise. We have drugs on the rise. We have crimes against people or person's on the rise," said Stewart. "Those are just some of the things we have to gear up for and get ready for."

"That's the two major problems right now, narcotics and theft. We really need to be working some narcotics. Now with the downturn of the economy, narcotics dealings has been growing in Andrews," said Greenhaw.

Greenhaw said his background and experience in narcotics and major theft make him the right person for the job.

Stewart, on the other hand. emphasized his past experience being a law enforcement supervisor, working with budgets and his knowledge of jail operations.

The run off election will take place May 24, 2016 at James Roberts Center. The results will determine who will be the new sheriff.

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