In Virginia, sheriffs are constitutional officers elected to four-year terms. They are responsible for their community’s law enforcement, jail administration, court security and civil processing. While some sheriff’s department’s handle law enforcement directly, others cede that responsibility to local police departments.
In Cumberland County, incumbent Sheriff Darrell Hodges is being challenged by Rodney Davenport in the first contested sheriff’s election since Hodges first won the position in 2007.
Charlottesville Tomorrow designed a questionnaire for the candidates based on more than 200 responses we received to a voter survey. Neither Hodges nor Davenport returned answers.
More links about the Cumberland County Sheriff
- Hodge’s campaign contributions, from the Virginia Public Access Project
- Davenport’s campaign contributions, from the Virginia Public Access Project
- A report about Hodges seeking reelection, for subscribers to the Farmville Herald
As you get ready to vote, here are some key dates and links from the Virginia Department of Elections:
Polls in Virginia close at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, night. The Virginia Department of Elections will publish election results in real time, as they arrive from precincts around the state. To view them, head to this link. These are unofficial results until they are certified. Here’s more about how to get election results.
- Sept. 22: First day of in-person early voting at your local registrar’s office.
- Oct. 16: Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration. You can also register after this date, and on election day, but you will vote with a provisional ballot, could take longer for officials to count because they will verify your eligibility.
- Oct. 27: Deadline to apply for a ballot to be mailed to you. Your request must be received by your local registrar by 5:00 p.m.
- Oct. 28: Voter registration offices open for early voting.
- Nov. 4: The last day of in-person early voting at your registrar.
- Nov. 7: Election Day. Here is where you can find your polling place.
Need to know if you’re eligible to vote? Here are resources from the Virginia Department of Elections.