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Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore files to run for Dillon County Sheriff

Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore is seen outside the Latta Police Department in March 2016. (Source: Audrey Biesk) Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore is seen outside the Latta Police Department in March 2016. (Source: Audrey Biesk)

DILLON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore is running as a petition candidate against the current sheriff of Dillon County, Major Hulon.

Hulon won the June 14 election by about 200 votes. It was after that election that Moore declared her candidacy.

The Dillon County Voter Registration and Election Office said Moore needs 980 signatures from active registered voters. June 15 was the deadline and Moore turned her petition in with a total of 1,546 signatures.

Moore sat down with WMBF News for an exclusive interview the day she turned in the signatures to share why she chose to run as sheriff and what her future plans are if elected.

She started out by saying after Hulon won, she believed it was time for an immediate change in Dillon County.

After 25 years serving with the Latta Police Department, Moore said the town's mayor fired her in 2014 for being openly gay. Still, that didn't stop her and Moore was eventually rehired by her city.

"When the community came out and helped me get my job back, it wasn’t just our citizens in Latta, it was everyone from our Dillon County area and surrounding counties," Moore said.

She added that even then, people told her to run for sheriff one day.

“They want me as a county representative, so being a sheriff I would get to serve all of Dillon County. I am not leaving my Latta folks, I’m just enhancing Latta,” Moore said.

Running as a petition candidate, she has worked for three weeks to campaign.

"It is hard work and you have to go door to do and have some very good family members and friends and community citizens that are wanting better to get out there and help you, because one person cant do it all," Moore said. "It takes a whole community, and that’s where I’ve been. I had to work every day and when I get off work, I hit the streets."

A goal Moore has in mind, if elected, is to create a safer community in Dillon.

"We need to start working more within our community," she said. "A lot of them, they want to be able to sit on their front porches again."  

Moore also hopes to improve Dillon’s reputation and create a better response time for Dillon County deputies, even though the county is so large.  

She encouraged people to set aside personal opinion and look at work ethic. Moore said she has already worked with surrounding counties on the local and federal level, so being sheriff wouldn't necessarily be new.

“I’ve worked from the bottom of dispatching, all the way to the chief," she said. "I work well with all the organizations around here, and I know that I will benefit Dillon County as their sheriff." 

In the November general election, Moore is running as a split candidate, not Democratic or Republican. She said voters have to split vote and hit her name or Hulon’s, not just the declared party.

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