Justin Hannah, an Army reserves intelligence officer and Department of Defense contractor, has secured the Democratic nomination for Loudoun County sheriff, besting veteran law enforcement officer Chris Harmison in Tuesday's primary.
Hannah won 51 percent of the vote compared to Harmison's 43 percent. Nearly 6 percent of the vote was tallied as undervotes. An undervote is when the number of choices selected by a voter is less than the maximum number allowed for that contest, or when no selection is made for a single choice contest.
“We ran a really good campaign. We had a really good team,” Hannah said, thanking his friends, family and volunteers. He called his opponent a “really nice guy,” but said he believes the county wants something different, “someone with a clear vision that will get results.”
The Democrat will face incumbent Sheriff Mike Chapman (R) in November's general election. Chapman is seeking his third term as the county's chief law enforcement. The sheriff won his 2015 contest with 61 percent of the vote.
Hannah secured his party's nomination despite high-profile endorsements of his opponent from Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D) and Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk.
Hannah, 28, said if elected he'll work to improve transparency in the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and strengthen the county's drug rehab programs. He also called for better enforcement of current gun laws and also advocated for more effective gun laws.
“Being a military veteran, I have been sought to fix organizations and I’ve done that. I’ve built teams on three different continents and got accolades for it,” Hannah said during a primary forum in May. “I’m going to do the same thing here. I’m going to bring the same tenacity that I brought to the United States military and I’m going to bring it to our sheriff’s office.”
This is the Democratic nominee's first bid for public office.
Slightly less than 9 percent of Loudoun County's 258,034 registered voters turned out for Tuesday's primaries.