With no opposition, sheriff, revenue commissioner reelected

Published 10:51 pm Tuesday, November 2, 2021

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Sheriff E.C. Harris and Commissioner of the Revenue Susan Draper both won reelection to four-year terms, both picking up more than 98% of the vote.

Harris has received 98.28% of the vote so far, totaling 31,308 votes, with write-ins receiving 548 votes, or 1.72%.

He was first elected sheriff in 2017, when he also ran unopposed and received 98.43% of all votes cast — 23,112 votes total.

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His top three priorities, he said, would be to fulfill all of his constitutional obligations to the best of his ability, continue to attract, train and retrain the best people in Hampton Roads to serve as deputies and support personnel and third, to have the city’s sheriff’s office become accredited for the first time. Harris said the sheriff’s office is on pace to do just that.

Draper, meanwhile, has received 98.41% of the vote, or 31,303 votes, with write-ins getting 505 votes, or 1.59%.

The commissioner of the revenue office assesses personal property for tax purposes, including airplanes, boats, motor vehicles and recreational vehicles. It also assesses admissions taxes, business licenses, business property, licenses, lodging, machinery and tools and meals taxes.

Draper was appointed to be commissioner of the revenue in 2014 following the retirement of Thomas Hazelwood and won a special election in 2015 to officially fill the seat, running unopposed. In 2017, she defeated Lue Ward to retain the seat.

All results are unofficial until they are certified, which will happen Nov. 15. Absentee ballots were accepted through noon Nov. 5, making results incomplete.