Former Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison has announced that he is supporting Scott Stone for lieutenant governor. Stone and Harrison made the announcement on Monday night at a joint appearance of the monthly Western Wake County GOP meeting in Cary. Sheriff Harrison served four terms as Wake County Sheriff from 2002 to 2018. He is widely regarded as the highest profile local Republican in the Triangle area and one of the most respected law enforcement officers in North Carolina.
“I am proud to support Scott Stone for lieutenant governor,” Harrison said. “He is a strong conservative with a great business and political background. Scott Stone is the best candidate to be our Republican nominee and will be a great leader for our state as our next lieutenant governor.”
The lieutenant governor role has a special place in Harrison’s heart. As a NC Highway Patrol officer, he served as chief of security for Lieutenant Governor Jim Gardner from 1988 to 1992. Harrison served 26 years as a state trooper. He was the first sworn law enforcement officer to be elected Wake County Sheriff.
“I am humbled to have the support of Donnie Harrison,” said former NC Rep. Scott Stone. “There is no better public servant, anywhere in North Carolina, than Sheriff Harrison. He is the example of leadership, integrity, and character, to which we all aspire.”
Harrison plans to be actively involved in Stone’s campaign for lieutenant governor, including helping lead grassroots efforts in Wake County.
Law enforcement and the role of sheriffs is likely to be an important issue in North Carolina’s 2020 elections. Harrison has avoided public criticism of his successor, but Stone has been a leading critic of the seven “Sanctuary Sheriffs” including the sheriffs in Wake and Mecklenburg Counties for their refusal to cooperate with federal law enforcement by honoring ICE detainers for suspected illegal immigrants who are in counties jails after arrest on other charges.