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The King George Journal of King George, Virginia

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Three of King George County's constitutional officers faced no opponents in Tuesday's election.

Sheriff Steve Dempsey, Commonwealth's Attorney Keri A. Gusmann and Circuit Court Clerk Charles "Vic" Mason were swept back into office.

Dempsey was the highest vote getter, raking in 4,500 votes.

"As your Sheriff, I, and the staff at King George Sheriff's Office, will continue to provide the highest level of professional law enforcement services to the citizens of King George. We have accomplished much over the course of my previous term, and over the next four years I will strive to make the community I love a safe place. I look forward to continue serving as your Sheriff of King George County. Thanks to everyone for their support over the past four years,"

Dempsey, 62, is a career law enforcement officer. He was serving as the chief deputy in the King George Sheriff's office in 2010 when incumbent Sheriff Clarence W. "Moose" Dobson announced his retirement and designated Dempsey as his successor.

Dempsey took the reigns of the department in January 2011.

Dempsey ran for and won a full term in November of that year.

A lifelong King George resident, his law enforcement training includes graduation from the Rappahannock Criminal Justice Academy in 1980, the Metropolitan Police K-9 Academy in 1981, the FBI National Academy in 1998, and the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy in 2006.

Gusmann has served as King George's Commonwealth's Attorney since September 2012, when her predecessor, Matt Britton, resigned.

On Tuesday she won a full term by collecting more than 4,200 votes.

"It has been my privilege and honor to serve the citizens of King George County as a member of the Commonwealth's Attorney's office since 2002," she said. "I would like to thank the voters of King George County for the faith they have put in me. I am truly grateful to work for them. My office will continue to work in conjunction with the King

George Sheriff's Office, the Virginia State Police and all other local, state or federal law enforcement to accomplish this purpose. It is my goal to ensure that King George County is a safe place to live, work and raise a family."

Mason, 60, is a King George native and a third-generation Circuit Court Clerk, following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps. He wracked up 4,400 in Tuesday's polling.

Mason assumed the position in 1994, following the death of this father. He has since run successfully for office each time his six-year term concluded.

His affiliations include as an instructor for Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Hunter Education since 2010.

"I wish to thank the residents of King George for allowing me to serve them as Clerk of the Circuit Court for the past 21 years. I have been honored and humbled by your support of myself and family, both personally and professionally, during that time," Mason said.

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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