More than three months before the November election, the race for Floyd County sheriff is already over.
John Hunt is the presumed sheriff-elect, after his only remaining opposition — Republican Joey Collins — announced his departure from the race on Tuesday.
In a letter to The Floyd County Times, which appears in today’s paper on page A4, Collins said he entered the race for sheriff at a time when he was not comfortable with any of the other candidates. However, when Hunt filed after Collins’ entry, he felt that Hunt would make a good sheriff.
“When John Hunt signed up, I felt relief, because I knew we had a winner,” Collins wrote. “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.”
Collins also asked those who supported his bid for sheriff to give their support to Hunt.
“To my supporters, I am asking you to support John and have his back,” Collins wrote. “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.”
In his own letter to The Times, which will appear in Friday’s paper, Hunt praised Collins’ decision as a move to put the county’s welfare over politics.
“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,” Hunt wrote.
Now, with the politicking over, Hunt said he will reach out to Collins and others in an effort to build consensus on what he sees as the county’s number-one law enforcement problem — drugs and drug-related crimes.
“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,” Hunt wrote. “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.”