FLORENCE — Brett Martin said he has been thinking about being sheriff of Lauderdale County for some time.
“In fact, when I left the troopers in 2007 and joined the Sheriff’s Department, I believed it would give me a chance to see the internal workings of the department. I wanted ... a better understanding of the overall operation of the department,” Martin said.
Martin said the time is right to run for sheriff and he will be seeking the Democratic nomination in the 2014 primary.
Martin is the second person to announce his intention of seeking the sheriff’s seat.
Last week, former Florence Police Chief Rick Singleton announced he will be seeking the nomination for the position as a Republican.
Sheriff Ronnie Willis, a Democrat, is in his third term. Willis, who was elected in 2002, said he is considering retirement but has not made a final decision.
Martin, 46, worked for the state troopers from 1994 until 2007, when he joined the Sheriff’s Department.
He said he has worked in emergency medical services and was a reserve deputy with St. Florian and Leighton from 1991 before joining the state troopers.
“Being sheriff is something that I have ... felt would be a way to give back, a way to make a difference and better serve the public,” Martin said.
This is his first attempt at public office. He said that was one reason he wanted to make his announcement so early.
“This is all brand new to me,” said Martin, who will graduate in December from the University of North Alabama with a degree in criminal justice and a minor in homeland security and emergency management. “This is the first time I have ever ran for anything.
“I know the election isn’t until 2014, but ... I believe it’s important for me to get the word out as soon as possible.
“I’m excited about the campaign and ready to get started. I believe with my experience I can make a difference in the county and do something positive for our residents.”
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.