Chris Heflin, a Democrat, has announced his candidacy for Randolph County magistrate in the general election.
A lifelong resident of Randolph County, Heflin grew up in East Dailey. His mother, Jeannie Collett, was a home health nurse with Davis Memorial Hospital for more than 30 years.
Heflin was raised by his mother and her husband, Dick Collett.
Heflin is a graduate of Tygarts Valley High School's class of 1989. He currently resides in Beverly with his wife, the former Penny Thompson of Whitmer. They have six children and three grandchildren.
The Heflins have been heavily involved in community activities, including attending many games and programs with baseball, basketball, football, soccer, wrestling, theater, choir and softball. They have attended, coached and participated in all their children's activities.
Chris Heflin has proudly spent the last 14 years serving the people of Randolph County employed at Bates Carpet & Furniture Center. There, he has gained respect by showing respect. He said he will continue that tradition in the office of magistrate by following that simple rule.
Heflin holds the magistrate office in the highest regard, and he said he would consider it an honor to be elected. With six children, he understands many of the problems that this county faces.
If elected, he said he would treat anyone who has to appear in Magistrate Court with respect, and all decisions will be made without favoritism and with the safety of the people of Randolph County in mind.
Heflin is seeking the opportunity to not only to serve as magistrate, but also to help Randolph County be a safer place for local children.