By Candice Combs Staff Writer
Three former Hamilton County Sheriff's Office chief deputies have expressed an interest in unseating Sheriff John Cupp, who says he's been too busy to decide whether he's running for another term.
"I haven't had time to blow my nose," Sheriff Cupp said Wednesday. "I've had no time to stop and think about anything personal."
Only Andy Derryberry and David Alverson have appointed treasurers and filed the necessary paperwork to begin raising campaign money, according to Charlotte Mullis, deputy administrator for the Hamilton County Election Commission. She said potential candidates cannot file petitions to run until Nov. 18. The primary election is in May 2006, and the general election is in August.
"Once they file an appointment of political treasurer, they can begin to collect or spend money for a campaign," Ms. Mullis said. Mr. Derryberry, a Republican, has begun to host some fund-raisers and is in the process of organizing a Web site, he said. He named Anne Wilkins as his treasurer.
"We are doing everything appropriate to put together a campaign for sheriff," he said.
Dave Alverson, also running on the Republican ticket, has named Dorothy Sertel as his treasurer.
"As the sheriff of Hamilton County, I pledge to provide an honest, impartial law enforcement agency second to none," he said. In an e-mail to Bobby Wood, Republican Party chairman in Chattanooga, Jim Hammond, also a former sheriff's office chief deputy, said he wants to run for sheriff. Mr. Hammond, who has run for sheriff before as a Democrat, now is in Jordan training Iraqi police officers, Mr. Wood said.
"My intent is to endeavor to carry the quality of law enforcement for the citizens of Hamilton County to new heights," Mr. Hammond wrote in the e-mail.
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