ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA-- Seven year Sheriff Chip Harding announced to everyone at the Albemarle Republicans breakfast Saturday morning that he was running again for public office, except this time would be his last.
"I really love the job I been in law enforcement for 37 years, I'm not quite ready to retire," Harding said. "I do know that if I get re-elected it gives me a year in this term and then four more, and I probably will be, so I don't anticipate ever running for public office again, this will be it."
If elected again, Harding has his mind focused on expanding the DNA database, something he's been working on for quite some time.
"From the bottom of my heart we've got to expand the data bank and we've got to do something about policy and procedures in law enforcement and possibly with prosecution of cases in Virginia," he said.
Harding's focus on the DNA database became even more glaring when the case of Hannah Graham captured the city of Charlottesville and even Delegate of the 58th District, Rob Bell, agrees that something needs to be done.
"The issue now is are there other crimes where this might be appropriate where when someone is convicted we would take your DNA so we're looking at what crimes would be the right ones," Bell said. "We're currently considering those where you get fingerprints and go to jail."
"We as professionals need to say let's look at the evidence, I always just say look at the evidence, it's not me saying it, the evidence is saying it, we need to do it different we need to identify the right person and not let the wrong person languish in our penitentiaries," Harding added.