Jorge Amselle, of Front Royal, has announced he will be running for sheriff of Warren County.
Amselle was selected by the Warren County Democratic Committee to be its nominee during its May 31 caucus.
Amselle said he decided to run for sheriff because he always had an interest in public service and he wanted to see Warren County do better.
“It is what influenced my decision to join the military, to work as a security officer, to volunteer on political campaigns and for nonprofit groups, to donate to charity, and to spend a career working for nonprofit organizations,” he said. “I have also always had an interest in law enforcement, the law, and public policy. I see in Warren County a real outcry for change and a real opportunity for reform.”
Amselle has over 25 years’ experience in economics, law, public policy, and communications, and a decade of working with law enforcement as a security professional and a journalist.
Amselle has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Maryland, College Park, as well as a Juris Master in law and public policy from the George Mason School of Law. He also served in the U.S. Army National Guard as an infantryman.
Though he has been a resident of Warren County for close to five years, Amselle said people should vote for him because he believes Warren County residents are ready for change, and that would require an outside perspective.
“If we keep doing the same things, we will keep getting the same results,” he said. “That is just the status quo. I am not the status quo candidate. I have a very diverse background and I understand that community-wide problems like drug addiction, mental health, homelessness, poverty, and lack of opportunity require community-wide solutions.”
Amselle said he views the sheriff role primarily as an administrative position and he would look for ways to cut expenses and focus the department’s resources on where they’re the most effective. He said he also believes the sheriff to be a community leader.
“I would be an advocate for community-wide reforms,” he said. “We need more drug treatment and mental health care services. These are not services that the Sheriff’s Office provides, but the sheriff has a bully pulpit to be a strong ally and advocate for these types of reforms, which in turn make our communities safer and reduce the burden on our criminal justice system and on our taxpayers.”