Editor: My friend Chris Harmison is seeking the Democratic nomination for Loudoun County Sheriff. He has a Democratic primary coming up on June 11, and I urge everyone to vote for Chris, because he has an unblemished record of integrity and experience. Chris Harmison has worked in law enforcement for 40 years, including four years as the Chief Deputy of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office. Chris knows the job, and the office, inside out and enjoys the respect of the deputies.
Chris Harmison’s opponent, a young man named Justin Hannah, is by contrast a mystery man. When I first read about Hannah, who has some military background, my reaction was, I respect that, but what type of law enforcement experience does he have that would qualify him to manage the largest sheriff’s office in the Commonwealth of Virginia? The answer is, NONE. Justin Hannah has no law enforcement experience whatsoever.
Hannah’s web site says that he “currently … is in command of a unit with direct ties to policing. He commands a unit that is the only of its kind in the U.S. Army.” The name of the unit is not stated. However, the same web site says that “since being discharged from active duty, Justin has remained in the reserves …” Which is it? Is he in the Army in command of an unspecified unit, or is he not?
His web site goes on to say, that since being discharged, Hannah has “worked as a Senior Analyst for BAE Systems, a TSA Employee, and an investigative analyst for the U.S. Government.” Nowhere does it say where Hannah is currently employed, or even if he is currently employed. Public records of the Loudoun County General District Court show that Hannah has been sued three times in the past three years by his HOA for nonpayment of HOA dues, resulting in judgments against him. Is this the kind of openness and stability we are looking for in the top law enforcement officer of Loudoun County?
Chris Harmison’s record is completely open, and he can be found every day, working for the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, serving and protecting the public. His opponent, by contrast, is a mystery man who strikes me as a young man looking for a career, rather than the person you want to run an 800-person office.
Vote for experience, vote Chris Harmison on June 11.
Robert M. Gordon, Paeonian Springs