Matthew Ward wins Republican nomination for Botetourt County Sheriff

BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Matthew Ward has secured the Republican nomination for Botetourt County Sheriff.

Ward won 56% of the vote. Opponents Jeffrey Stritesky and Mike Vineyard carried 30% and about 14% respectively.

Voter turnout was high in Botetourt County on Tuesday as voters selected their pick for the Republican nomination for sheriff.

At Lord Botetourt High School alone, turnout reached 17%. Workers told WDBJ7 that is the highest number they have seen in years.

Longtime Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle announced in December, 2018 that he planned to retire after about 35 years in law enforcement.

Ward will face independent candidates Danny Crouse and William Stowell in the November election.