Former Smith County Chief Deputy Gary Pinkerton announced yesterday at a press conference that he would be running in the 2016 election for Smith County Sheriff.

With 30 years of law enforcement experience, Pinkerton is running as a Democrat.\

With his wife and son by his side, he said, "It's not about the party, it's about the person, and that's what this race is about, not a Republican and not a Democrat, about the person that's capable of going and running the sheriff's office and leading to the future."

Also in the race for the 2016 Smith County Sheriff is former Game Warden, Chris Green. Current Sheriff Larry Smith, has not commented on his plans for the 2016 race.