An independent candidate for sheriff of Washington County has dropped out of the race.
Chris Forshey in a statement issued this afternoon said "opportunity has knocked on my door."
Forshey is running against incumbent Sheriff Larry Mincks.
Chris Forshey last week at the debate between he and incumbent Sheriff Larry Mincks of Washington County. His name will remain on the ballot, but a vote for him will not count, according to the Board of Elections.
Early voting started today in Ohio.
The ballots, including the ballots for the general election in November, have been printed and Forshey's name will remain, said Tara Hupp, director of the Washington County Board of Elections.
However, a vote for Forshey "will not count," she said.
Notifications will be posted for voters that Forshey has withdrawn, Hupp said.
Read the story in The News and Sentinel on Wednesday.
In the meantime, Forshey's statement is:
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 officials.
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.