Matt Ward won the Republican nomination for Botetourt County sheriff in Tuesday’s primary.

Ward, a master deputy with the sheriff’s office, carried about 56% of the vote. Jeff Stritesky, a lieutenant with the office, received 30% and Mike Vineyard, a retired Roanoke police officer, took about 14%.

Ward has worked in the sheriff’s office for 22 years and was raised in Botetourt County. He said he wants to increase community engagement and reduce the effects of the opioid epidemic by using local, state and federal resources. He has said throughout his campaign that he wants to start an inmate work crew program and assign an officer to every school starting his first day in office.

Ward will face two independent candidates — William Stowell and Danny Crouse — in November. Stowell runs an ATM business, and Crouse is a lieutenant with the Salem Police Department.

The Republican nomination for the Blue Ridge District seat on the county board of supervisors went to Billy Martin, who currently represents the district and is the board’s chairman. He received 67% of the vote, defeating Walter Michael, who retired from Norfolk Southern and helps lead the group Botetourt Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility.

The third race in Tuesday’s primary determined the nomination for commissioner of the revenue, which went to Chris Booth. Booth, the Botetourt manager for MKB Realtors, won about 57% of the vote and beat Michael Griffin, who owns JMG Homes LLC.

Booth, the Botetourt County Republican Committee secretary, has been involved with several campaigns in the county. He said he looks forward to listening to and advocating for residents on personal tax matters.

The commissioner of the revenue maintains the real estate assessment tax record, issues business licenses and collects meal, occupancy and lodging taxes.

Four Republican nominations were decided before the primary for lack of opponents. All are incumbents. John Alexander received the nomination for commonwealth’s attorney, William Arney for treasurer, Mac Scothorn for Valley District representative on the board of supervisors and Richard Bailey for Fincastle District representative on the board of supervisors.

Residents must register by Oct. 15 to vote in the Nov. 5 general election. Voter registration information is at

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Alison Graham covers Botetourt and Rockbridge counties and Lexington. She’s originally from Indianapolis and a graduate of Indiana University.

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