A former DeKalb County Sheriff's deputy plans to make a run for the Democratic nomination for Sheriff in the local primary May 6, 2014.
Michael Agee announced his intentions during the DeKalb County Democratic Party's Re-Organization Convention held Saturday at the courthouse.
"My plans are to run for the 2014 election for Sheriff, " Agee told WJLE after the meeting. "I am the son of Hobert and Judy Agee. I have lived in Smithville all my life. I am the husband of Kelly Agee. I have two children, Stetson and Presley Agee." he said.
"I think it's time for some changes. I think our youth are really hurting in leadership of the sheriff's department. This is something I've wanted (to do) for the past couple of years but I just hadn't felt the support I needed. But here lately it feels like everything has fell into place. My wife and family are really supporting me. Most of all it seems that God has really pushed this on me this year. I would really appreciate everyone's support in this," he said.
Agee said he joins this race with a law enforcement background. "I graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy in 2005. I went to work for (former Sheriff) Lloyd Emmons in 2002. I have served at the Smithville City (Police Department). I am currently serving with the Smith County Sheriff's Department as a K-9 Officer," Agee told WJLE.
The DeKalb County Democratic Party held a re-organization convention Saturday at the courthouse to elect party leaders for the next two years.
Jim Judkins was returned as Chairman. Jordan Wilkins, Larry Bain, and Kim Ambrose were re-elected Co Vice Chairmen. Joyce Hendrixson remains as Secretary and Myra Johnson Miller is the new Treasurer, replacing Katherine Pack who declined to accept another term, citing a conflict, since she is planning to seek re-election as Circuit Court Clerk.
Members of the DeKalb County Democratic Executive Committee were named for the next two years including Judy Slager from the First District, Frank Buck in the Second District, Faye Fuqua from the Third District, David McDowell in the Fourth District, James Hale from the Fifth District, Flint Gilley in the Sixth District, and Tommy Webb in the Seventh District.
The party also voted to call a Democratic Primary for May 6th, 2014 to nominate candidates for county offices and district judicial positions.
Chairman Judkins gave potential candidates in attendance a chance to announce their intentions for 2014.
Michael Agee announced that he would be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Sheriff. Though he was unable to attend Saturday's meeting, it was announced that Jimmy Sprague plans to seek the office of Road Supervisor. James L "Jimmy" Poss said he would be a candidate for County Clerk. Incumbent Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack and General Sessions/Juvenile Court Judge Bratten Cook, II also announced they would be seeking re-election. Although the office is non-partisan, Smithville Mayor Jimmy Poss announced that he would be running for another term next year.
Sarah Marie Smith of Smith County said she is considering another run for State Representative of the 40th district next year.