"To the citizens of Columbia County, I am Leroy Martin, a longtime citizen of our great county. I am a strong supporter of all of the communities that make up our county," he said.
Martin added, "I am a super fan of every sports team and youth activity in the county; if it comes out of Columbia County, I'm for it."
The candidate for Columbia County Sheriff also said he loves his country.
"I made a commitment to serve her and all of its citizens. My life has been consistent with fairness and service. I serve my family as the husband of Voyles Martin, our current Tax Assessor, and father to Leroy, Alexis, and Lemuel," stated Martin. "I serve my church as pastor of Life Builders Restoration Church. I served my country in war In the United States Navy. I serve on many boards in our beloved county, and I most definitely love serving and mentoring our youth through coaching and being an example to them."
Martin is also the current State Chaplain of Arkansas for what he considers the greatest fraternity in the world (Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.)
"I am and will always be a Mulerider. I just love to serve," said Martin.
The candidate has served the Columbia County Sheriff's Department for the past 24 years under several sheriffs as an investigator in the Criminal Investigation Division.
"I have been in every capacity of the sheriff department. I have countless hours of law enforcement training after my graduation from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in 1998, where I also served as a squad leader in my class; I am a proven leader that worked my way up through the ranks of the sheriff's department," he said, adding his focus is to continue to help others and keep Columbia County safe.
"So with the help and blessings of the citizens of our loved county, I am announcing my candidacy for the office of Columbia County Sheriff," he said. "I appreciate your prayers, support, and consideration to serve as the next sheriff of Columbia County."
Martin added that with the help of the citizens, "We can take Columbia County to higher heights."
"Let's continue to make friends. Let's continue to make our communities safer. And let's make history," stated Martin.