By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Fifty-three-year-old Marty Rock made his Lee County sheriff’s campaign official Thursday night before a barbecue-eating crowd of supporters.
Rock, who also ran for the job in 2007, said, “This position is no bed of roses, but it would be my honor and privilege to be your sheriff.”
More than 200 men, women and children gathered with Rock’s large family at The Summit for fellowship and contemporary Christian music.
The candidate, who is a plumber and former deputy, strode to the podium as the strains of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” from the movie “Rocky III” filled the banquet room.
“I believe I can make a difference in the life of Lee County,” he told the crowd.
He said he’s disappointed with the current sheriff, Jim Johnson, and said he’ll tell voters more about that as the campaign moves toward the Aug. 2 Republican Primary, where the men will face off.
“My children and my church have been targets of crime and violence,” Rock said. “I want to do something about that.”
Johnny Gale, a longtime Rock friend and pastor, told supporters their candidate “is a man of character” who responds to people in need.
“That’s the kind of person Marty is,” Gale noted.