Moore beats longtime Portsmouth sheriff Watson

The tightest race Tuesday was between Bill Watson and Michael A Moore for the Portsmouth sheriff's seat

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- Michael Moore will become Portsmouth's next sheriff after beating Bill Watson Tuesday.

Moore took 47 percent of the vote, with Watson capturing 43 percent.

The third candidate for office Independent Glenn Perry, Sr. finished the race with 10 percent of the vote.

At his victory party, Moore and his supporters celebrated what they called a fresh start.

"I'm grateful for all the citizens for entrusting this position in me and I look forward to working with all the citizens," Moore told 13News Now, the only station to speak to him after his win.

Moore said he's ready to lead all of Portsmouth and uniting the city as the new sheriff.

Sheriff Bill Watson also addressed his supporters after the loss. He's been sheriff for 12 years.

Watson was elected sheriff in November of 2005, and he took office on January 1, 2006.

After conceding, Watson told 13News Now he's looking forward to retiring at the end of the year. He hopes with Moore taking the sheriff seat, Moore will keep his campaign promises.

"I don't think he'll be able to keep all my programs like he promises because I own all the equipment and it leaves with me when I go," said Watson.

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