HENRY COUNTY, VA – Daryl Hatcher pulled out of the race to be the next Henry County Sheriff on Wednesday morning, which reduced the list of candidates to two.
“Del Mills and I have been discussing combining our campaigns into a unified effort for change after realizing that our ideas, beliefs, and objectives are remarkably similar. Running two campaigns only splits the vote and reduces the chance of winning the election. It's that simple,” Hatcher wrote in a Facebook post.
Hatcher said he decided to withdraw from the election and merge his campaign with Mills so his name would not appear on November’s ballot.
“We set our egos aside and considered each of our strengths and weaknesses and decided it would be best for Del to remain in the race as a candidate for Sheriff and I will be the Chief Deputy in the department,” Hatcher wrote.
Mills and current Sheriff Wayne Davis will now be on the November 7 ballot.
Sheriff Davis said the announcement does not change anything about his campaign.
“My campaign to be elected Sheriff in November has never been about any specific challenger. The foundation of my campaign focuses on two things, my continuing dedication to the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens we serve daily and my training and experience,” Davis wrote in a press release on Wednesday afternoon.