Trooper says he will run for sheriff
Lance Wilson, currently a trooper for the N.C. Highway Patrol, plans to file to run for the Republican nomination for Caldwell County sheriff on July 5, the first day of filing with the Caldwell County Board of Elections for the 2014 race.
Talk about his potential candidacy has circulated on online discussion boards and social media for months.
Wilson, 38, considered running in 2010 but did not. After much prayer and planning, he said, he decided now was the time.
“There are numerous reasons for my running for the office of sheriff,” Wilson said Thursday. “I’ve been a law enforcement officer for 17 years. It’s a calling. A true law enforcement officer answers the call. It’s come time to answer this call.”
Calling his platform “A New Beginning,” Wilson said his campaign will focus on standards, morals and motivation for wanting to lead the county’s largest law enforcement agency. Wilson said he also wants to create new jobs and programs to assist in fighting crime.
“We have a detailed platform,” Wilson said.
“I want to create a higher standard in the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and the men and women of the department will be accountable and responsible. You have to have trust in our sheriff’s office. Integrity is at the top of my vocabulary. I will be the voice of truth.”
Wilson served with the sheriff's office from 1999 to 2007. He said he remembers a sense of brotherhood among the deputies, but he thinks that has changed.
“I see so much strife and division up there,” Wilson said. “I will end that.”
Wilson has scheduled a press conference to discuss his campaign on Thursday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at the Caldwell County Public Library.
Wilson graduated in 1995 from the basic law enforcement training program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. He joined the Lenoir Police Department in 1996, then the Granite Falls Police Department in 1999 before becoming a sheriff’s deputy later that year. In 2007, he joined the Highway Patrol, where he now has the rank of master trooper. Wilson and his wife, Julie, have three children - Maddy, 7, Landon, 6, and Landry, 4.