PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- The first day of January will bring a new year and also a new sheriff in Page County. On Tuesday night, voters elected Chad Cubbage for the office's top position.
Cubbage beat current sheriff John Thomas and Page Campbell Jr. After graduating from Page County High School in 1994, Cubbage served as a sheriff's deputy until 2003. Since then, he's been a lieutenant for the Shenandoah Police Department.
Cubbage said he is grateful for the opportunity to serve and gives credit to his faith. "I'm very humbled at the response that I've received over the past several months during this campaign," said Cubbage. "Last night, I feel, was a reward to all the hard work we had put in."
More than 7,000 people voted in this race. Chad Cubbage got 48 percent of the vote, with Thomas getting 38 percent.
Cubbage says he plans to implement a number of changes as sheriff including expanding the jail's work-release program and also supporting non-profits. He also plans to address the drug abuse problem in the County and to work with the schools: "Educating our children within our school systems on drugs and also implementing the G.R.E.A.T. program, which is a Gang Resistance And Educational Training within our schools," said Cubbage.
On the "John Thomas for Page County Sheriff" Facebook page, Sheriff Thomas posted: "I would like to publicly congratulate Chad and wish him all the best in this position. I have enjoyed the last 6 years as your sheriff... And think the world of each citizen of the County... And all the wonderful men and women of the Page County sheriff's office."
Sheriff Thomas has served Page County for six years.