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Collins bows out of Floyd Co. sheriff's race

By: Laura Beranek, Matthew Rand Email
By: Laura Beranek, Matthew Rand Email
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FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Update 7/23/14:

Months before the general election, one of the candidates for sheriff in Floyd County is bowing out.

Joey Collins says an accidental electric shock in 1997 cost him his left arm and left him with chronic health issues that made his original decision to run for Floyd County Sheriff difficult.

"I got into the race because I just wasn't comfortable with who was running at that time, and my opponent right now hadn't even registered to run," Collins said.

Following John Hunt's win in the Democratic primary, Collins announced Tuesday he's bowing out, leaving Hunt the presumed sheriff-elect.

Hunt released a statement Tuesday, praising Collins' "...willingness to put the county's welfare above any partisan politics..."

Collins says his decision is a relief.

"I believe he's going to be dedicated to the drug issues and all the crime that goes on in this county, and I believe he's going to protect our constitutional rights," Collins said.

Collins says Hunt will bring big changes to the sheriff's office, and encourages everyone in the community to lend their support.

Barring a write-in candidate, John Hunt will replace John K. Blackburn, who chose not to seek another term as sheriff.

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Original Story 5/2014:

Democrat John Hunt beat out four other candidates for Floyd County Sheriff.

He will go on to face Republican candidate Joey Collins in November.

Hunt says if elected sheriff, the first issue he plans on tackling is the drug problem in Floyd County.

"We ran our campaign on the drug issue being the biggest issue this county faces," said Hunt, "It's not just this county it's Eastern Kentuck. Our plan is that we want to work with other agencies, and all agencies involved to fight the same problem, get on the same page."

Current Sheriff John K. Blackburn decided not to run for re-election.


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