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Hash secures nomination for sheriff in Roanoke City

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 4:36 AM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Roanoke City has a new Democratic nominee for sheriff in town. Antonio Hash eked out a narrow win over Lee Hill in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary, picking up 53.83% of the vote. Both men are long-time members of the sheriff’s office.

Hash learned the news just before 9 p.m. Tuesday. The crowd at Hash’s watch party at 202 Social House erupted into screams and cheers.

“Because my heart is in the right place, I believe the city has seen that from day one,” he said. “And that pulled everybody out from their homes, and really supported me. I’m very grateful for that and thankful for this opportunity.”

Hash ran as someone who can bring a new voice to the sheriff’s office. Despite that, he’s spent 13 years with the department, most recently as a school resource officer.

“My motto is always making sure that we take care of each other. One city being united, to move our city forward and the sheriff’s office forward as well,” he said.

Hash ran on a pledge to bring the Roanoke community together, increase mental health and other inmate supports at the city jail, and push for increased salaries for sheriff’s department employees.

Tuesday night, he said that work is just beginning.

“I’ll present our plan to our team, that’s willing to take the department forward as well, so in the months ahead that’s what we’re going to do,” he said.

Hash’s opponent, Lee Hill, conceded the race Tuesday evening. In a phone interview, he offered his heartfelt congratulations to Hash.

Hash will run unopposed in November. No Republican or Independent candidates have put their names forward in the race.

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