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Crowe first to announce for BC sheriff’s race
Bryan County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mark Crowe points to the courthouse as he lauded the progress made by current sheriff Clyde Smith during his announcement Wednesday that he will run for sheriff in 2020. He said he wants to continue to improve the department. Photo by Jeff Whitten

Longtime deputy and former Pembroke police chief Mark Crowe became the first candidate to announce he is running to be Bryan County’s next sheriff.

Crowe, a Republican who made his announcement Wednesday morning on the steps of the Bryan County Courthouse in front of a handful of supporters, said if elected his priorities are beefing up the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office’s ability to fight drug abuse and bringing in more qualified deputies.

He is married to Bryan County Clerk of Courts Becky Crowe. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Crowe is the first of a handful of candidates who will vye to succeed longtime sheriff Clyde Smith, who has not said publicly he’s retiring.

The election is in November 2020, but qualifying and the primaries are about a year away.

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