Charles Pearson understands the adage of never saying never.

Starting the second year of his eighth term as a Justice of the Peace, Pearson thought he would never entertain a candidacy for a larger office.

But, the urge to get back into law enforcement was too great. Consequently, Pearson has announced he will be running for Logan County Sheriff. Pearson will be seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary in May.

An Arkansas State Police Academy graduate who is also a certified investigator, Pearson has just over a decade of experience in law enforcement. He is a former Logan County Deputy and a former Paris Police Chief.

Besides serving as the JP for District 6 — mostly the southern part of Paris to Wildcat Road — he is also a part-time truck driver. Pearson is also a 10-year member of the county chapter of the Gideons.

Born in Scranton, Pearson has been married to Susie Pearson for 35 years. The couple has two children — Joyce and Steve — as well as five grandchildren and is expecting a 14th great-grandchild.

Pearson said he is entering the race for sheriff with full understanding it will be a long race because there are multiple candidates vying for the Democratic nomination and, with an announced Republican, it will be the General Election in November until the race is settled.

Pearson said he is also cognizant of the documented issues with the Logan County Jail but given the funding problems he believes that everyone involved is doing all they can do.