Carter to pursue another term as sheriff

Jan. 15, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter has announced his intention to file for re-election and seek his third term as sheriff.

“I don’t take this for granted,” he said Tuesday. “I feel very blessed to be here for two terms, and I really enjoy being sheriff and I want to keep serving. I hope the citizens will vote me back.”

During uncertain times, Carter said he believes “that stability in county law enforcement is very important.”

“My staff and I want to continue our efforts to make Lee County a safe place to live, work and attend school,” Carter said in a press release. “While fulfilling my duties as sheriff, I will also continue to operate a budget-sensitive office that will focus resources on improving public safety for every person in the county.”

The department is constantly striving to be better, he said, and will always welcome input.

“We have about 14 different divisions within the sheriff’s office,” Carter said. “We are always looking at ways to improve each one of those divisions. And I don’t believe in sitting still. We want to keep moving forward and continue to try and improve the services we provide to the citizens.”

A Republican, Carter ran unopposed during the last election cycle. He won his first term in 2006, when he defeated former Sheriff Chief Deputy Kevin Bryant.

Filing for the upcoming election begins at noon Feb. 10 and ends noon Feb. 28 at the Lee County Board of Elections, located at 225 S. Steele St. The 2014 primary is scheduled for May 6 and the November election is Nov. 4.