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Branham to run as Republican for sheriff

Posted: August 24, 2017 4:57 p.m.
Updated: August 25, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Donald Branham

A lifelong citizen of Kershaw County, Donald Branham announced Thursday he will seek election for Kershaw County Sheriff as a Republican candidate in the June 2018 primary.

“As sheriff of Kershaw County, community policing will be the core of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office,” Branham said in a press release. “Community policing will build strong ties and interactive partnerships with the community and other law enforcement agencies -- shifting the reactive mentality of responding to crime to a proactive approach that focuses on crime prevention -- stopping crime before it ever happens.” 

Branham said his decision to run for Kershaw County sheriff has been his plan for many years. In fact, it was the reason for his retirement after serving 25 years with the S.C. Highway Patrol.

“This decision was not made lightly. It has always been my desire to continue to serve Kershaw County in a greater capacity as sheriff, implementing my comprehensive plan to prevent and combat crime in our community,” Branham said.

Branham’s approachability will invite citizens to voice their concerns or questions directly to him where he will always have an open door policy.

“I believe a ‘Sheriff of the People’ must be willing to speak with citizens to hear their concerns, questions, and desires. As sheriff, I will be approachable and attentive to the needs of every citizen of Kershaw County,” Branham said.

A part of his community policing plan, Branham said he will: 

• Allocate the sheriff’s office’s resources to cover every part of Kershaw County. 

• Be tough on crime and combat gang, drug, and criminal activity with the implementation and use of a Community Action Team.

• Increase deputy presence in all parts of Kershaw County by using a strategic plan to zone the county and assign deputies to individual zones -- thereby reducing response times.

• Be approachable and take time to listen to the citizens of Kershaw County.

• Work with all law enforcement agencies, both inside and outside Kershaw County, to ensure the criminal element is met with the full resistance of the law.

• Train and work with all fire services and emergency response agencies in Kershaw County to ensure that we are prepared to respond effectively and efficiently to catastrophic events.

• Work to have the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office accredited -- ensuring integrity and equality within the department and reducing deputy turnover.

• Be a strong advocate to have school resource officers (SROs) in every Kershaw County School.

“Born and raised in Kershaw County, my wife Debbie and I have been honored to call Kershaw County home our entire lives. This community is where we raised our children, Tyler Branham and Lauren Branham Reeder, and where I began my 30-year career in public safety -- retiring after 25 years of service with the South Carolina Highway Patrol,” Branham said. “Keeping our community, our people, and our property safe and secure is more important today than ever. The future of Kershaw County demands an approachable and professional law enforcement leader and I ask for your support in the Republican primary in June 2018.”

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