The following is a letter from Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant:
I would like to put a stop to a rumor one of my opponents is spreading. He is telling people that the only reason I am running for re-election is so I can step down mid-term and turn it over to my Chief Deputy, Jason Upshaw. First of all, that is a complete falsehood. I am only 55 years old and I can’t afford to step down or retire. I have a family to support. Equally as important, I love my job! I take great pride in being the Sheriff of Erath County and I have always considered it an honor to serve the fine men and women who have placed their trust in me for the past 19 years.
Lastly, when I do decide to retire, Chief Upshaw will not need my help becoming the Sheriff of this county. He is completely capable of doing that on his own.
Sheriff Tommy Bryant