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Tuesday evening, Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones formally launched his re-election bid for next year.

More than 100 people attended a reception at the Lakeside Tavern at Concord Marina. Prominent political figures from both parties attended the meeting.

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett has voiced support for Jones. Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols, a Democrat, also attended in support.

Jones is a Republican and says he appreciates the vote of confidence.

"I'm so humbled by the outpouring of people that showed up here tonight. The two toughest things that I do as a sheriff in campaigning mode is to try to raise money. It's hard to ask people for their hard-earned money," he said.

Bobby Waggoner, the retired chief of detectives for the sheriff's office says he plans to run against Jones in the May 6th primary.