Clarke wins handily

Published 1:28 am Wednesday, July 25, 2018

By Dale Wolf

Staff Writer

Sheriff James Clarke defeated Lt. James Pope in yesterday’s special election for Isle of Wight County sheriff.

Clarke won 10 of 14 precincts and nearly 63 percent of the vote. 

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“I’m overjoyed, overwhelmed, excited and elated that the citizens of Isle of Wight County came out and let their voices be heard,” said Clarke, commending the electorate for braving the day’s rain.

Clarke thanked and commended Pope for “running an excellent campaign.” Clarke also expressed appreciation neither campaign had gotten “ugly,” and emphasized that he and Pope have mutual respect. 

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Clarke, who becomes Isle of Wight County’s first black sheriff, will serve out the remainder of retired Sheriff Mark Marshall’s term, which expires at the end of 2019. 

Marshall left his post earlier this year to brew beer with his family on the Eastern Shore. Clarke, who was chief deputy when Marshall retired, was sworn in as sheriff until the special election could be held.  {/mprestriction}