By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson kicked of his bid for a third consecutive term as sheriff in front of more than 600 supporters Thursday night.
Johnson’s message was clear to his opponents: “Go mind your own business. Go and do something else because we got the right man for the job already.”
Johnson will go up against Republican Marty Rock while Democrats Sammy Piraino and Dovie Outlaw Williams face off in the Aug. 2 primary election. Winners head to the general election Nov. 8.
Johnson, who is running as a Republican for the first time in his political career, told those in attendance about some of the things that make him the best candidate. He mentioned his 97 percent conviction record, the cyber crime unit and how the department has operated under a $6 million budget without going over for the past eight years.
Johnson said the election boils down to two things – the known and the unknown – with his record being the known and his opponents’ lack of a record being the unknown.
“Your vote is just as important as the job that I do for you,” said Johnson. “Come August we want to make sure we get out and vote so we can continue the job we have started over the past eight years.”
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