Sheriff candidate Chris Harvey said he has the endorsement of former Sheriff John Cupp.
He said former Sheriff Cupp wrote the following statement in his support:
"During the 12 years I served as your sheriff, I hired many people.
One young man came in as a corrections officer. Later he was selected to go to the Tennessee Police Academy and subsequently was commissioned as a deputy sheriff on patrol. In his career, he has served as a patrolman, a K-9 officer, detective and sergeant. As a detective he served in the Narcotics, Major Crimes and Internal Affairs divisions. He served as a supervisor on Patrol and in Internal Affairs. Recognizing his talents, sheriffs who came after me, have utilized him in these advanced positions. This member of the Sheriff's Office is now a Republican candidate for sheriff, Chris Harvey.
"As sheriff he will face many difficult administrative challenges. As I approached those challenges with a receptive spirit and fairness; I believe Chris will do the same as he has proven himself as an Internal Affairs detective and supervisory sergeant. I know the safety of all Sheriff's Office employees, the security of the jail, and the citizens of Hamilton County will be a priority for him. He will not forget our young people but will partner with community organizations to help improve and strengthen our community. He will not forget the needs of our young people.
"That person I hired is Chris Harvey who is now a Republican candidate for Hamilton County sheriff. I will vote for him and I ask you to vote for him as sheriff of Hamilton County. He has shown his talents as a member of the department and now he can show his leadership as your sheriff."
Mr. Harvey said, "It was an honor to serve the citizens of Hamilton County with a man of such integrity and honor as John Cupp. I'm very thankful for his support and endorsement. From a political position, Sheriff Cupp was a great leader for the local Republican party. I'll follow his example and manage the Sheriff's Office as a conservative Republican. Yet, I'll be fair and reach-out to everyone in our community. I look forward to continuing my service to the citizens of Hamilton County as your next sheriff."