Randy Anderson seeking to become next Houston County sheriff

Randy Anderson announced his candidacy for the Houston County Sheriff Republican nomination on December 4, 2017.
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Dothan (WTVY)-- Randy Anderson is seeking to become Houston County’s next sheriff. He recently retired from the sheriff’s office as a lieutenant after spending over 30 years with the agency.

“I’m not done helping Houston County. I still have more to offer,” Anderson told a group of friends and supporters Monday night.

Rising through the ranks, he held multiple positions in the sheriff’s office and, most recently, was a school resource officer. Keeping schools safe, he said, is one of many motivations for seeking the sheriff’s job.

“The senior citizens need to be protected from crime and especially scam artists who prey on them,” he said.

Anderson has many ties to law enforcement. His cousin was Pike County Sheriff and father-in-law a Dothan police officer.

Anderson, the past few years, left little doubt he wants to be sheriff. Twice he sought the Republican nomination when the Houston County Republican Executive Committee picked a candidate.

In 2006, the committee chose Andy Hughes who served nearly two terms and, in 2014, current incumbent Donald Valenza was selected to replace Hughes on the ballot when Hughes accepted a state law enforcement position.

Ironically, Hughes and Valenza are Anderson’s opponents for next year’s primary.