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Challenger announces Polk sheriff candidacy

Daniel Elliott (R) seeks to challenge sheriff Wright in March primary

POLK COUNTY—A challenger has announced he will run in the primary against Polk County Sheriff Tim Wright. 

Daniel Elliott announced recently and filed fundraising documents with the Polk County Board of Elections that he will seek the position as a republican candidate. Wright, also a republican, will have to face at least Elliott in the primary, which will be held on March 8, 2022. 

Elliott says he was born in Rutherford County but has deep roots in Polk County in the Sunny View and Green Creek areas. 

He was in the Army National Guard and is a volunteer firefighter. 

He started his law enforcement career as a reserve deputy with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office in 2004, then was deployed to Iraq. Following, he worked for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol officer, school resource officer, arson investigator and patrol supervisor. He worked for former Polk County Sheriff Donald Hill as a detective sergeant and later as a patrol sergeant. 

Wright has announced he will seek re-election after serving his first term. 

Official filing for the 2022 election, which locally will include for sheriff and county commissioners, will be in December.