Rosser enters race for sheriff seat

Feb. 05, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Lee County native Justin Rosser intends to make his political debut as a Democratic candidate for Lee County sheriff.

A patrol supervisor with the Apex Police Department, Rosser, 30, said he would increase accountability and transparency in the sheriff’s office, if elected.

“The sheriff’s office doesn’t have the accountability and the transparency that it should have for the citizens,” he said. “It feels like, to me, we’ve reached the point where we need a change in the sheriff’s office. A change in leadership. A change in direction.”

Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter, a Republican, announced in mid-January his intention to file for re-election and seek his third term as sheriff.

“I’ve got a record to run on, and so that is really all I have to say,” Carter said. “I am looking forward to a good, positive race.”

Lee County residents have the right to know how the sheriff’s department can help every community member, Rosser said. One area of improvement Rosser said he’d like to focus on is community policing.

“We do a lot of it here in Apex, and it’s been successful,” he said. “And it can be successful here.”

Rosser served as a Lee County deputy from 2004 until December 2006 and then joined the Sanford Police Department in January 2007. He joined Apex Police Department later that year, he said.

Rosser lives in Broadway with his wife, Alicia, and his stepsons, Connor and Morgan, and is a member of Broadway Baptist Church.

He graduated from Campbell University with bachelor of science degree in business administration, and he is a certified instructor through the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, a graduate of Methodist University’s West-Point Leadership Program and recipient of a North Carolina Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate, according to a press release announcing his candidacy. 

Filing for the upcoming election begins at noon Monday and ends noon Feb. 28 at the Lee County Board of Elections, located at 225 S. Steele St. The 2014 primary is scheduled for May 6, and the general election will be held Nov. 4.