July 24, 2014
I want to commend Joey Collins for the extraordinary character that he possesses, as shown by his willingness to put the county’s welfare above any partisan politics, as that is a rare trait among politicians today.
Again, let me say to the people of Floyd County that I am humbled to be your Democratic nominee, and that I appreciate the confidence that you have shown in me. Public service is what I am about and who I am, and I pledge, once elected, that I will treat all of the people of Floyd County with dignity and respect.
During my campaign, I traveled throughout our county and I heard your concerns about the safety of the elderly and the youth of our county. I am like you in that I want our county to prosper and grow, without our citizens being fearful of coming out of our homes or businesses. Again, as I traveled throughout the county, I heard you identify the number-one problem in our county as the illegal drug use and the drug-related crimes. I stand firmly against both, and with the help of our people and our local churches, I will be the sheriff you can be proud of and support.
I am committed to working closely with the people of Floyd County, the court system, other law enforcement agencies, drug rehabilitation programs and churches, in addressing the drug problem. I pledge my support to our children and their parents, and our school systems in providing a safe learning environment.
I have a great deal of respect for Joey Collins. First, I am sure that Joey thought long and hard about filing for the office of Floyd County sheriff. Likewise, I am sure that Joey thought long and hard about withdrawing as a candidate. It has been my observation of Joey that he and I share similar concerns in regards to the future of the children of our county. I will be talking with Joey, as well as the other candidates and people of this county, in finding the best solutions for our problems. Again, I want to thank Joey for the confidence that he has shown in me and I can assure you that it is very humbling to receive the endorsement of a fellow candidate.
I promise to protect and serve the people of Floyd County to the best of my God-given ability.