Ross Wins In Washington County Sheriff's Race

Incumbent Washington County Sheriff James Ross won re-election during a special election Tuesday.

The state ordered Washington County to hold a new election for sheriff, after a close and contested finish to November's election.

Democrat James Ross, the current sheriff, came out on top with 2,190 votes. Republican challenger Greg Hassell had 2,065 votes.

Last November Ross defeated Hassell by just three votes. Hassell claimed there were voting irregularities and the state ordered a new election after Ross said he wouldn't object.

During early voting this time around Hassell claimed one of his poll observers came up with a different number of voters than the official computerized tally. Tuesday, he tells WITN the state Board of Elections corrected the issue, which ultimately did not affect the total number of votes cast, and that he's satisfied with the fairness of this special election, and will be satisfied whatever the results.


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2011 at 06:09 PM
    CONGRADULATIONS CUZ FROM TONY!!!
  • by Voter Location: Wash. Co on Jun 11, 2011 at 05:29 PM
    I know that the election is over! But now, we will see if Ross lives up to his promises(AGAIN). We, the people whp put you back in office, will be watching to see if you begin to visit our churches, get out into the public talking to people, and make changes to some of the problems within your department! We are watching and taking notes!
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      by sjr on Jun 19, 2011 at 05:45 AM in reply to Voter
      ross don't even go to church until election time. everybody knows that, he hides from the public until election time,unless you catch him at a restaurant. and "sheriff hardison" make all the changes. ross just keep the seat warm because hardison lives in martin co. keeping it real!!!
  • by sjr Location: roper on May 29, 2011 at 09:35 PM
    lieutenant investigator have been going rouge for the last 4 years. i know he going to be crooked now, and the sheriff have no clue, or does he. he will be in the news next, a slip up is bound to happen.
  • by anon. on May 28, 2011 at 12:31 AM
    Maybe I am misinformed on the matter, but, i hear alot of talk about the crime and drugs in Plymouth, concerning the election. Not to say that it isn't a problem but, if the problem is withhin plymouth isn't that the jurisdiction of the PPD? i thought the WCSD covered areas outside of city limits. I know there isn't a creswell police department but there is one in roper now right? So if Mr. Hassell wants to make a change in plymouth why not try for Chief of Police? From what i'm gathering crime in rural areas is not as bad as in city limits. Just from an outsider looking in.
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      by LawMan on May 28, 2011 at 04:52 PM in reply to anon.
      Washington County Sheriff's Department has the authority to work drugs in the entire county as well as Plymouth.. The reason the drug problem is not getting solved is because the sheriff's departments drug man and the plymouth police drug guy is running all over several counties playing with the ALE guy.. They are NOT a Task Force and have not authority to work oustside of their area.. But with a sheriff not knowing any better - what do you expect. That along with neither of them know what they are doing explains why the drug gangs are running wild..
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        by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2011 at 01:45 PM in reply to LawMan
        They are to busy going back and forth to Raleigh claiming they have federal court and goofing off eating out on the tax payers tabs.
  • by Anonymous Location: Washington County Resident on May 26, 2011 at 09:03 AM
    Anon, I would be a little more cognizant of defaming a person character. Were you at the hearing in Raleigh, did you hear her say 4 dead people voted?
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      by anon on May 26, 2011 at 10:25 AM in reply to
      one even better,i read the transcript.were u there.
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        by Anonymous on May 27, 2011 at 06:01 PM in reply to anon
        That transcript and you may be called to court.
  • by JT Location: Plymouth on May 26, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    Ok people I am tired of hearing that Ross cheated the first time or inappropriate voting took place on Ross' behalf. Ross won by 3 votes before in the so called crooked race. This time he won by 125 votes in the legitimate race. Greg needs to apologize to the citizens of Washington County for costing them thousands of tax payer dollars for a new election just for being a sore looser. The County and State should make Greg pay this money back out of his own pocket!
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      by TJ on May 26, 2011 at 09:09 AM in reply to JT
      JT you are a mistaken.. No one ever said Ross had anything to do with voting problmes during the first election.. If you read the paper you would know what went on. In fact the County Manager and county board of elections should have to apologise to Greg for the problems and fired the election director... You say Ross won by 3 votes.. 4 dead people voted take those away and Greg won by one vote.. It you consider all of the other voting irregularities and discount those numbers Greg actually won the election in November by way more than 125 votes.. Ross was the loser.. I think Washington County throw Ross out of office for not doing his job - and beg Greg to come in and straighten this place out.... But again narrow minded people only read, hear and say what they want.. Remember the three monkey's - hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.. well the sheriff's department uses the same concept. why do you think washington county is the laughing stock of the east????
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        by Anonymous on May 26, 2011 at 09:43 AM in reply to TJ
        I agree with you, hear no evil, see no evil and definitely speak no evil. That should apply to everyone. We are a laughing stock of the east because people cannot accept defeat. Let move on and try to help clean up the mess in Washington County.
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          by TJ on May 26, 2011 at 02:34 PM in reply to
          Ross and his crowd already had 4 an 1/2 years to clean up the mess in Washington County but has not done so.. It has only got worst due to lack of administrative skills and lazy employees. What does accepting defeat have to do with anything.. The defeated can not make any changes nor correct any problems. Only winners can - Ross must not truly be a winner becasuse as stated no changes or improvements have been made in the last 4 years.
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          by Anonymous on May 27, 2011 at 05:59 PM in reply to
          TJ, apparently you don't know the meaning of defeat. Lets move on. Read Webster and go from there. Thank you.
  • by Citizen Location: Washington Co. on May 25, 2011 at 09:20 PM
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Sheriff James Ross, what a relief!
  • by Anonymous on May 25, 2011 at 12:53 PM
    If your gonna respond use proper english the people have spoken not has!
  • by Grady on May 25, 2011 at 12:37 PM
    I talked to Greg, He said he was satified with the election because it was fair (no cheating occurred this time) - it was NOT about winning or losing, it was just about having a fair election. But that was over the head of many Washington County residents.. He did say it was a shame to have to get the Dept. of Justice and State Board of Elections involved just to get a impartial election. He doesn't seem disappointed about the loss to me, he said by the vote, Washington County residents appeared to be pleased with the way the sheriff's department operates, drugs and crime rate so who is he to second guess the majority who put Ross back in office.. I'm pretty sure the election was won on race not qualifications..
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      by WCR on May 28, 2011 at 11:10 AM in reply to Grady
      Who's playing the race game now?
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        by Anonymous on May 28, 2011 at 09:21 PM in reply to WCR
        Exactly. Greg's website and Facebook page actually says, "My opponents supporters simply came forward and supported their candidate. Washington County Voter Population Stats:Black: 52% White: 48%" Why would those statistics even matter?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2011 at 01:49 PM in reply to Grady
      It's bad when Ross can win the election with no formal college degree or training other than Basic Law Enforcement Training and Greg has BLET and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. That right there say's that Washigton County voters voted by COLOR not education and experience.
  • by WCR Location: Washington County Resident on May 25, 2011 at 11:19 AM
    HaHaHa The Lord knows best
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