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 departments handle law enforcement directly, others cede that responsibility to local police departments.
Incumbent Eric Hess is running unopposed for Fluvanna County Sheriff, a position he’s held since 2007. In his first two elections, he faced challengers. But he has run unopposed since 2015.
Though Hess is the only candidate certified by the Virginia Department of Elections, voters can write-in other candidates.
Charlottesville Tomorrow designed a questionnaire for Hess based on more than 200 responses we received to a voter survey. He did not provide answers.
More links about the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office
- Hess’ campaign contributions, from the Virginia Public Access Project
- Report about a Fluvanna County candidate forum featuring Hess, from CBS19
- Report about Hess’ and his family’s experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, in the Fluvanna Review
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.