Maj. L. Jesse Bane, a 34-year veteran of the Harford County Sheriff's Office who has been involved in several community initiatives, announced his candidacy for sheriff yesterday.
Bane, who stepped down from his job yesterday to run for the office, said he would like to see the agency fulfill its potential.
"I believe that my achievements during my career and my community service demonstrate that I have the desire and the ability to better serve the citizens of Harford County," he said in a news release.
Bane, 57, will run as a Democrat against R. Thomas Golding, who has been with the sheriff's office for 33 years and once served under Bane. Golding, a Republican, was a colonel when he was appointed to fill out the term of Sheriff Joseph P. Meadows in 2003.
A spokesman for Golding did not return a call for comment yesterday.
Another Democrat, Terry W. Serago of Belcamp, also has registered as a candidate.
Bane has held various roles during his career with the sheriff's office. He was the first spokesman for the agency, and his most recent position was overseeing the support services bureau.
In 1983, he started a Christmas drive in which deputies deliver gift baskets to needy families.