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Rushing entering 2018 sheriff’s race

Posted: September 7, 2017 4:45 p.m.
Updated: September 8, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Jack Rushing

Jack Y. Rushing III, of Camden, who is currently the operational captain at the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office, announced in a press release Wednesday that he will enter the race for sheriff as a Republican.

Rushing said he brings more than 20 years of law enforcement experience to the race. After four years in the S.C. House of Representatives Sergeant at Arms office, Rushing joined the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) in 1999. At SLED, Rushing worked the bloodhound tracking team before begin assigned the vice/narcotics division where he quickly advanced from working street level narcotics to complex multi-jurisdictional conspiracy cases. From 2005 to 2011, Rushing was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force.

Rushing was later assigned to the S.C. State Grand Jury section in the S.C. Attorney General’s Office and the Midlands Regional Investigations unit. He served as a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) operator on the SLED SWAT team for more than 16 years where he was a sniper and containment team member. In 2010, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department recognized Rushing with a Sheriff’s Award for his dedication and perseverance during a heroin investigation. He later received the 2014 Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement, given to a South Carolina individual whose performance best exemplifies the highest ideasl of excellence in professional law enforcement in the state.

In 2016, Rushing joined the KCSO command staff as current Sheriff Jim Matthews’ operational captain.

Rushing holds a bachelors degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina. He is an active member of Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church. He is married to Anna Boan Rushing and they have two children, William, 11, and Julia Ann, 8.

“I have spent my entire career protecting the public and putting bad guys behind bars,” Rushing said in the press release. “I believe my extensive law enforcement experience of conducting complex investigations and operations has prepared me to be sheriff. As your next sheriff, I pledge to make Kershaw County a safe place to live and work, and will provide our citizens with a sheriff’s department of which they can be proud.”

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