Richard Lathim has announced he plans to seek re-election as the Franklin County sheriff.
Lathim, a Republican, has been sheriff since 1986 and is seeking an eighth term as the head of the sheriff’s department.
He has spent his entire law enforcement career, which has spanned more than 35 years, in Franklin County.
Lathim is expected to be challenged during his bid for re-election by Pasco police Capt. Jim Raymond. It would be the first time in 12 years Lathim has faced opposition.
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Raymond, also a Republican, has been with the Pasco department for 31 years.
Raymond has previously told the Herald he thinks it’s time for the sheriff’s office to go in a new direction under new leadership.
Lathim recently helped oversee the $19.5 million jail expansion and renovation project. The expansion and renovations were made possible after a three-tenths of a percent public safety tax was passed.
The general election is Nov. 4.