By mid-afternoon, Forshey issued a press
“Life presents us with many
challenges and opportunities. When I chose to run for the office of Sheriff,
one of my goals was to expose to the voters irregularities within the Sheriff's
Office and give them things to pause and reflect upon. We have been very
successful in this endeavor. The taxpayers of this County must remember the
Washington County Sheriff's Office belongs to them, not the elected official.
They have the power to effect change and to be the watchdog over their elected
“The most important factor
for me to consider in this race is my family. What gives them the best piece of
mind and a solid future. I have been very blessed with an overwhelming support
from my family, friends and more importantly the community as I campaigned for
the position of Sheriff. The tremendous support I have received from the
community leaders and residents has been a very humbling experience and I am
very thankful for this opportunity.
“Opportunity has knocked on
my door with an offer that simply cannot be refused. This has been a very
difficult decision but in the end it is my family's well-being and the law that
dictates the result. Therefore, without further regard I am withdrawing my
candidacy for Sheriff effective immediately. I pray for the safety of all law
enforcement officers and ask they be given the guidance necessary to keep them
safe, maintain their integrity, and be returned after each shift safely to
their loved ones.
“To the voters of this
community, I offer one last thought. Just because there is not a choice in the
Sheriff race does not mean you must mark the box. If you are truly displeased
with the service, leave it empty. Send a message.” - Chris Forshey
Since the general election ballots are printed (and in fact are in use by early voters, starting today) it is too late for Forshey's name to be removed but, according to elections director Hupp, votes for Forshey will not now be counted.
A former Pataskala police chief
and former second-in-command under Sheriff Bob Schlicher, Forshey was
campaigning against Mincks on management issues and investigative priorities.