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David Cheshire announces for Lee sheriff

David Cheshire resigned from the Sheriff's office last week, and he announced his intention to run. David Cheshire resigned from the Sheriff's office last week, and he announced his intention to run.

A former Lee County Sheriff's Lieutenant says he can do a better job of running the sheriff's office, so he plans to run against former boss Reggie Rachals.

David Cheshire resigned from the Sheriff's office last week, and he announced his intention to run.  Cheshire says he wants to start strong and expects a long, hard fought campaign.

"I want to be dedicated to this county and its citizens," he said. David Cheshire announced his intention to run for Sheriff with a float in the Lee County parade.

Wednesday he says he took a big leap resigning, from his job of seven years where he worked up to a Shift Supervisor and Lieutenant. 

"Rumors got to flowing that someone was going to run against Sheriff Rachals and a policy was put in place if you had an intent to run as Sheriff or for any county office, you had to retire or be terminated."

He's still working on his platform and will roll out more details at the end of January but says he wants to do right by the taxpayer and cut what he says is excess in the current Public Safety budget.

"Lee County needs a Sheriff that's accountable for their best interest and have their best interest at heart, and money issues is one. The Sheriff needs to be accountable for what he spends, his budget and how he takes care of the employees also."

Cheshire told us he hasn't spoken directly with Sheriff Rachals about his effort to seek the office, but said he would be willing to sit down.

Rachals said he will run for re-election with the official announcement to come near the end of January. He believes in three years he's made a lot of progress.

"We have implemented a lot of programs, the neighborhood watch program has increased up to 60 percent, I've implemented internet crimes against children, we've got a division on that, In the last couple of weeks in one particular area we've made over right at 10 cases just on that deal," said the sheriff.

Sheriff Rachals cites other programs he's started with the schools about bullying and drug prevention.

Rachals feels his agenda isn't finished and needs another term to carry out his work, but today David Cheshire told us he feels Lee County voters are already looking for a change.

Cheshire told us he's worked Law Enforcement for 22 years, entering the academy just after high school. He's worked for Sheriff's Offices in Early and Calhoun Counties. He plans to qualify as a Republican in May.

Rachals was also elected as a Republican which means the two would face each other in the July primary.  

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