Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter announced at a press conference Thursday morning that he will not seek a fifth term in 2022.
“I’ve made a decision, after a lot of thought, for quite some time now, that I will not seek a fifth term as sheriff of Lee County,” he said. “I don’t think that anyone should be in this position for more than four terms. That’s enough for anyone.”
Carter, a Republican, was first elected in 2006 over Democrat Kevin Bryant after falling short in a 2002 campaign. In 2010, he ran unopposed, and he won campaigns in 2014 and 2018 against Democrats Justin Rosser and Kevin Dodson, respectively.
He said he chose to make the announcement now because filing for the race begins in December of this year.
Watch the full press conference below: