Editor's note: The following information was provided by the Proctor campaign.
Jim Proctor is the first person to ever run as an Independent for Sheriff in Camden County, GA, according to his campaign.
SEE ALSO: Jim Proctor's campaign website
By Georgia state law, he had to collect five percent of the active registered voter's signatures on a petition to qualify.
Proctor collected over 2,100 and each signature had to be verified by the Voter's Registration Office. He had 1,711 certified signatures on his petition to qualify to run as an Independent in the November 6th race.
Proctor's campaign said he chose to run as an independent based on his belief that party politics has no involvement in law enforcement.
Proctor describes himself as a person with conservative views and beliefs.
Proctor's campaign told First Coast News his main goal is to restore integrity, honesty and fairness to the Sheriff's Office.
As a former employee, he believes deputies are in fear of retaliatory firings; political firings are not uncommon.
"If they are doing their jobs they shouldn't have to worry about job security. I do not believe they can be effective in their duties if they are in fear of their jobs," Proctor campaign quoted him as saying in an email to First Coast News.
One of Proctor's goals is the restoration of morale and a sense of security to the department. "You have to care about the community. You have to care about the people. In order to be in effective public service you have to care about being involved. It's not just about being a law enforcement officer. They have to treat people fairly and with respect," said Proctor.
First Coast News