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NN Sheriff runs for re-election

Jordan Crawford | 10/3/2013, 12:23 p.m.
Newport News Sheriff Gabe Morgan is seeking re-election.

Sheriff Morgan is committed to maintaining a great quality of life for all of the citizens of Newport News, as he works tirelessly on many social and community issues. He is an active member of the World Outreach Worship Center.

Morgan has accumulated a plethora of supporters including Newport News Mayor McKinley Price, U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, D-Newport News, and Newport News Commonwealth's Attorney Howard Gwynn.

But even as Morgan seeks re-election, speculation has grown about his future plans and whether he may seek higher office. Morgan did not rule out the prospect of running for another office in future years.

“I’m focused on being the Sheriff right now and doing the best job possible,” Morgan said. “I appreciate people’s confidence in me but right now I’m focused on doing a good job as sheriff.”

Morgan has testified before Congress several times at subcommittee hearings held by Scott about youth violence and prevention, an issue the two have partnered on many times over the years.

“He’s done a good job as sheriff,” Scott said. “When you do a good job with the job you have it opens up the possibility for you to run for other offices.”

Gwynn said he and Morgan have enjoyed a close working relationship over the years, and said community members should re-elect him because of his track record in office.

Morgan was first elected to the sheriff’s post as a Republican, but later changed his affiliation to the Democratic Party.

“When you examine the record, you will find that during my entire career, my goal has always been to serve people, not just by doing my job as the Sheriff, but by going above and beyond to find innovative solutions to the problems facing people, families and the community,” said Morgan. “The Office of the Sheriff belongs to you, the people, and I have had the honor of serving as your Sheriff for over seven years.”

Even in the words on Morgan’s re-election campaign website, his genuine desire to serve and better his community permeates the computer screen.

“Today, I remain committed to fighting for the quality of life and safety of our community, while striving for common sense changes within our City,” says Morgan. “Although November 2013 may seem far away, the hard work of campaigning begins now, and I need your support through volunteer work and spreading the word.”