BLOUNTVILLE — Joe “Joey” Miller officially launched his campaign Wednesday to become Sullivan County’s sheriff next year.
Miller, who retired as a major earlier this year after 28 years with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, has filed the paperwork to run as an independent.
He said he made that choice for several reasons, the biggest being that “people are tired of everyday politics.”
“I think I can represent everyone,” Miller said. “The Republicans, the Democrats and the independents. The whole county.”
Miller said he has considered himself an independent for years, voting for individuals based on their merits and not their party affiliations.
Running as an independent places Miller directly on the ballot for voters’ consideration in the county general election in August 2014.
Sheriff Wayne Anderson has picked up the paperwork to run for the Republican party’s nomination to seek reelection in the GOP primary in May.
County Commissioner Ty Boomershine, a former employee of the sheriff’s office as well, also has picked up to run for the Republican nomination in the party primary.
John Taylor has picked up to run for the Democratic party’s nomination.
Miller said he considers Anderson a friend of many years and his will not be a negative campaign.
But Miller said he can improve operation of the sheriff’s office in several ways, and do so while making it more efficient for county taxpayers.
“There are just many things at the sheriff’s office that, over the years of me working there, that I know could be done better,” Miler said.
Specifically, Miller said he will increase the number of officers on patrol and in corrections, but he would do so without asking for any increase in overall departmental funding.
“I know I can save money for the taxpayers,” Miller said. “It’s not just talk. I’m not a politician. I’m a police officer. If the voters will give me a chance, I know I can save money.”
For more about Miller’s campaign visit www.joemillerforsheriff.com.