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I am officially resigning from the sheriff’s race for November.

I had originally planned to run this thing all the way to the fall, if John Hunt had lost in the primary. I don’t feel I wasted my time. I signed up to run before John did, because I did not see a good enough candidate running at the time that I was willing to trust our sheriff’s office with. Sixteen years of the same mess was long enough, and we seriously needed a change that would make a big difference in the drug community.

When John Hunt signed up, I felt relief, because I knew we had a winner. When we won the primary, I was excited. I could have resigned at that time, but I wanted to stick around and be an educator of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, but it is not necessary, so I am resigning from the race and I pray Floyd County will get behind John and support him. I will still be around to help all I can, as I have always done for our court system and local law enforcement.

One of the things that touches me most about John Hunt is his heart to help people. In April, my sister passed away and John came to my aid with kind words of sympathy. That means a lot to me and I will forever be grateful to him.

I also want to encourage our new sheriff to start a mentor program for the children of our county. I know from experience, if you show a child you care, they will never forget that. We need mentors to be the light that is missing.

We also need to start a drug prevention seminar class that can be done at local libraries in the evenings and on weekends. My mother was very avid in teaching as children about the terrible effects of drugs. I was 7 years old when I attended my first drug seminar. I am thankful for the values my parents instilled in me.

Drugs are a lot worse now than when I was a child. Somewhere along the line, pills started being abused, heavily. Children learn from what they see and hear at home, or from friends. Experimenting begins and so does addiction. Then you have youngsters hitting adulthood with drug dependency. We need to point our fingers at each other, because we failed to teach them when their own parents wouldn’t.

To my supporters, I am asking you to support John and have his back. As you know, this was never about any party system for me. It was always about having someone in our sheriff’s office willing to go the distance and protect our Constitutional rights as citizens. It is our responsibility as “we, the people” to protect and guard our rights.

Our sheriff swears an oath to protect and defend this Constitution against all foreign and domestic enemies. John Hunt will protect those rights, because you are his boss. He works for you, because you elected him to be there. He was not appointed by the government. Please help him to help you. He will not be an oath breaker, like so many sheriffs are.

Thank you all so very much for believing in me and my ability to bring a difference to the table. I have enjoyed every second campaigning with you and meeting many new friends. God has surely blessed me.

Joey Collins


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