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Matthews announces run for second term as sheriff

Posted: March 20, 2014 4:45 p.m.
Updated: March 21, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews filed for re-election earlier this week and unveiled a four-minute announcement video detailing his vision for a safer Kershaw County.

“We’ve made a tremendous amount of progress in four years,” Matthews said, “but there is much more to do to better protect our neighbors, their children and our future generations.”

In the video, Matthews recaps his first term as the county’s sheriff and outlines his plan for moving Kershaw County forward during the next four years. The video can be viewed on his campaign website, www.JimMatthewsforSheriff.com, by clicking on the “news” tab.

“Citizens have told me they like hearing from their sheriff, so we thought a video would be a good way to let citizens hear for themselves what we’ve done during my first term and what I plan to do to keep residents safe in their homes and on our roads,” Matthews said.

Among the highlights he mentioned since taking office in 2011:

• 400-plus DUI arrests and won a statewide award -- twice -- for DUI enforcement

• 1,000-plus drug arrests and cleaned up several notorious drug areas throughout Kershaw County

• Arrested more than 148 people responsible for hundreds of break-ins 

• Investigated 11 homicides with only one unsolved to date

• Aggressively prosecuted criminal sexual assault cases, especially against children.

• Outfitted every deputy with a bullet-proof vest with the help of the newly-created Kershaw County Sheriff’s Foundation

• Established a physical fitness standard for all deputies

• Promoted professionalism and integrity at the sheriff’s office

If re-elected, Matthews said he plans to continue to focus on:

• Cracking down on illegal drugs -- “Illegal drugs are often the common denominator in crimes throughout Kershaw County.”

• Deterring DUIs -- “Enforcement is not enough. We must rally our neighbors to take an even stronger stand against drunk driving.”

• Modern law enforcement to better protect citizens -- “I am committed to the safety and well-being of Kershaw County residents. Improving technology and modern training better equips us to reduce crime and keep our neighborhoods safe.”

 “As your Sheriff it is my job to constantly look for ways we can improve our service to you,” Matthew said. “I am committed to doing what’s in the best interest of all of the residents of Kershaw County.”

Matthews noted that he has served in law enforcement for more than 30 years at the local and federal levels. He retired from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration before running as Kershaw County sheriff. Matthews is married to Heather Hoopes-Matthews and has three children and six grandchildren. He and his wife are members of First Baptist Church in Camden.

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