Another wannabe sheriff ready to announce
Larry Claytor is hoping the third time will be the charm. Claytor will soon announce his candidacy for the Albemarle sheriff's job, from which Ed Robb presumably will announce his retirement Monday. Charlottesville police Captain Chip Harding gave notice this week of his intention to run as a Republican and will officially announce February 13.
Claytor works for the Albemarle Police department, and he ran for sheriff as a Republican in 1999 and as an independent in 2003. This time around, he's going to run as a Democrat.
Claytor will tout his forensic creds as an investigator for Albemarle. Harding is known for his efforts in forensics that gave Virginia one of the best DNA databases in the country.
The candidates have something else in common: Both are in their 50s and looking at mandatory retirement at age 60, while the sheriff can hold his job as long as he or she can get reelected.