I am Octavia Johnson, running for Governor of Virginia. I am a product of Grayson County, in Southwest Virginia, from the rural community of Elk Creek, VA. Iron Mountain to the North, Buck Mountain and White Top Mountain Southwest. Elk Creek Valley is known for its tree farms, fishing and Elk Creek Dragway.
I moved to Roanoke in 1975 and later began a career in Law Enforcement with Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office. I served 26 years as a Deputy Sheriff. When I realized that circumstances within the Office were not going to improve, I did not mumble, grumble or complain; I decided to run for Sheriff. I served as Sheriff of Roanoke City 2006-2013 and brought the Sheriff’s Office into the 21st century.
I am running for Governor of Virginia because there is a deep need for change. It is time for the whole state of Virginia to THRIVE. Together we can make a TANGIBLE difference.
It was a honor to serve as Roanoke City Sheriff for eight years. Working with the citizens of the Roanoke Valley to make our region a safer, better place to live was truly a privilege for me. As your Governor I will put the best interest of the citizens of Virginia ahead of politics, political parties or self-interest. I believe that we can work together to solve our most pressing challenges. Creating good jobs, keeping our communities safe and building strong schools will be my top priorities. Together we will make a tangible difference.