Former Sheriff of Roanoke runs for Virginia governor

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(Photo: Courtesy Roanoke Sheriff’s Office Facebook from 2013)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The former sheriff of the Star City is ready to run for a new position: the governor of Virginia.

Former Roanoke City Sheriff Octavia Johnson was set to make her official announcement as a candidate for the Republican nomination in the gubernatorial race on Thursday, March 4 on the steps of the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building.

Johnson joins a broad field running for governor, including former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe; Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax; former Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox; state Sen. Amanda Chase; state Sen. Jennifer McClellan; state Del. Lee Carter; former state Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy; retired Army Colonel and former U.S. Department of Defense official Sergio de la Peña; Army veteran Kurt Santini; small government activist Merle Rutledge, Jr.; former Carlyle Group CEO Glenn Youngkin; tech executive Pete Snyder; ex-think tank CEO Peter Doran; and Princess Blanding, the sister of Marcus-David Peters.

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