By Ginny LaRoe
The five candidates for Hamilton County sheriff spoke to the Chattanooga Kiwanis club meeting today.
The candidates challenging incumbent John Cupp said the sheriffs department agree the sheriff needs to be more involved in the community.
Sheriff Cupp said sheriffs deputies are part of the community, and he would re-implement outreach programs such as school resource officers, if funding became available.
Republican Andy Derryberry is running against the sheriff in the May 2 primary. The two Democratic candidates are Billy Long and Hank DeArman.
Dave Alverson, who is running as an independent, will be on the general election ballot.
All of the candidates have worked in the sheriffs department; two have been chief deputies.
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