By Max Hrenda
As the 2014 elections draw closer, Carter County’s sheriff decided not to keep his supporters in suspense.
Sheriff Chris Mathes formally announced his candidacy Tuesday morning for re-election in 2014.
“It’s been truly the greatest honor of my life to serve the citizens,” Mathes said. “I think I’ve proven what I can do. I take things in at four years at a time, and right now, I hope to be sheriff for four more years.”
After officially filing his paperwork on Monday afternoon, Mathes joined retired Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Dexter Lunceford as the only two candidates who have registered for the position.
“I welcome any challengers,” Mathes said. “Any candidate that wants to debate, I’ll be more than happy to participate.”
A native Carter Countian, Mathes is in the early part of his eighth year in serving as the county’s sheriff. Before deciding to run in 2006, he worked as a special agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency. Though he enjoyed his work, Mathes said his passion remained with his hometown.
“I loved putting drug dealers in jail,” Mathes said. “I had a good-paying job and good benefits. But I’ve never cared about anything more than I do the people of Carter County.”