Since announcing my candidacy for the Republican Nomination for sheriff of Bradley County, I have asked for the opportunity to earn your trust. Because of this, I want to provide you with some personal information I feel is important in order to earn that trust.

As many of you know I was a former member of the Democratic Party. But as the attacks and lies have already started, I would like to take a moment to provide complete transparency concerning my past and hopefully my future as your Republican Nominee.

Much like my opponent, I grew up in a Democratic family. I have had members of my family serve as elected officials from the Democratic Party. I, myself, have previously run for office as a Democrat.

However, over the past decade, I began to realize that the values that were taught to me, that were once cornerstones of the Democratic Party, had faded and the party I once knew had been replaced with ideas that I had not been raised to believe.

After some personal reflection, I realized I had to make a change. I understood that if my children were to learn the same values and truths that I was taught as a young man I would need to join the Republican Party. Unlike what you undoubtedly will be told in the coming months, this decision was so these values could be passed down to the next generation and the generations to come.

For this reason and this reason only, I joined the Republican Party. Although some will now say this move was a political move, I can truthfully tell you that in 2015 I had no reason to believe there would be any need for me to run for the office of sheriff in this election cycle.

Unlike the lies you have already heard or will likely hear during this campaign, I have been fully vetted by the leadership of the Bradley County Republican Party, which has allowed me to seek the Republican Nomination for sheriff. I can truthfully say that I am not only a Republican, I am a proud Republican who looks forward to the opportunity to be the Republican Nominee for sheriff of Bradley County.

I greatly thank you for taking the time to read this and hope it becomes the foundation of trust our community deserves with their next sheriff.