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Rod Carroll drops from race for Jefferson County sheriff due to residency technicality

Rod Carroll announced on Tuesday he is dropping out of the race for Jefferson County Sheriff due to a residency technicality.

“As a person of integrity and credibility, I would not be able to go forward under the perception of having violated the election code residency requirement,” Carroll said in a statement. “I would like to thank everyone for their support and I wish all the candidates the best in 2020.”

Carroll, who is currently chief of police in Vidor, was set to announce his bid for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s race next week as a Republican candidate.

The veteran law enforcement officer ran unsuccessfully on the Democratic ticket for the sheriff’s spot in 2016 when he was working as assistant deputy chief with the JCSO.