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INDEPENDENCE — Arnold Peters of Troutdale has announced his candidacy for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 5 general election.
The seat is currently vacant after Mike Maynard passed away last month.
Peters will run as an independent against Democrat Kate Irwin and Republican Glen “Eddie” Rosenbaum.
Peters, a deputy for the Grayson County Sheriff's Department, said he had been involved in some sort of public service work since 1986.
He began his work in law enforcement in 1986 when he joined the Martinsville Police Department as a patrolman.
In 1998, he went to Bosnia, where he worked for the State Department training police officers. After a year, he returned home and joined the Henry County Sheriff's Department until 2004, when he went back to work for the State Department as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and continued there until 2005.
After returning home, he worked for O'Gara SSi in Danville as a senior instructor for government entities being shipped to Iraq.
After O'Gara closed its operation, he went to truck driving school and obtained his class A commercial driver's license and drove a truck for Motorsports Authentics for several months before returning to law enforcement as a correctional officer at the Marion Correctional Center in 2008. He was later hired as a deputy for the Grayson County Sheriff's Department, where he plans to retire in January 2014.
In a news release, Peters said, "I have worn many hats in my career that have prepared me to be a good supervisor.
“I have no hidden agenda and will look at each part of this responsibility in a way that serves the people and not just a few."
Peters said he will "objectively look at options to get more businesses in Grayson so we will stop losing our greatest assets, our children."
He promised not to grubber stamp h anything that has not been "fully and objectively thought through and presented to the people. I am not tied to any group of people or party and will not be tied to any group or party."
Peters is married to the former Tina Ford from Sugar Grove, a teacher in the Grayson County School System.
They have three sons: Chris, who lives in Charlotte, N.C.; Dustin, a L.Cpl. in the U.S. Marine Corps and 2012 graduate of Grayson County High School; and William, a rising junior at Grayson County High School.