Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced Thursday that he will seek re-election to a fifth term.
An Aiken County native, Lott, 58, was first elected in 1996, defeating Republican Allen Sloan.
He faced a primary challenger in 2008. Columbia Police Department victim advocate, Jim Reed, opposed Lott and was defeated in the Democratic primary.
The 2012 primary election will be held June 12 with a June 26 runoff date. It is not known if Lott will face a primary challenge this year.
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The Richland County sheriff oversees a department of over 600 uniformed officers and 140 other personnel. Sheriff.
As of August 2011, Sheriff Lott was paid $144.702.38 annually.