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Hawkins County Commission District 4: Four Republicans including two incumbents running for three seats

April 30th, 2014 5:14 pm by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins County Commission District 4: Four Republicans including two incumbents running for three seats

Four Republicans are seeking the three Hawkins County Commission seats in District 4 including incumbents Linda Kimbro and Joe McLain, and challengers Dawson Fields and Dwayne Powell.

There are no Democrats running in District 3, so the race will be decided int he May 6 primary.

Each candidate was asked the same five questions: 1. Why did you decide to run for this office, and if you are an incumbent, why are you seeking reelection. 2. What is your employment and educational background, and does your past job and education help prepare your for the duties of the elected office you seek. If yes, how? 3. If elected, what would be your top goals and priorities for the full term of your office? 4. Why are you the best candidate for your office? 5. Talk to the voters and tell them why you deserve their vote.

Those who replied to the questionnaire have their answers posted below the video in alphabetical order. The video is from the March 25 Hawkins County GOP candidate forum in Surgoinsville.

Dawson Fields:

I decided to run for office because I wanted to be part of the decision making to make Hawkins County a better place to live.

I work for Martin's Greenhouse & Landscaping which my family has owned for 48 years. I have first hand experience with budgeting and working with others to achieve our goals.

If elected my goals and priorities would be toward the best interest of the county as a whole. Education would be at the top of my list.

I feel like i would be a good candidate for this office because I am always eager to learn and help others. I will always listen and keep an open mind.

I will stand beside you at all times. I will always be your voice at all times. I will always be honest with my responses to your concerns and needs. I will always vote in the best interest of the whole county.

Linda Kimbro:

My continued interest in County Government and encouragement from many people.

Working for the Hawkins County School System for 32 years in different capacities has helped me through leadership positions, knowledge of a budget, grants, long range planning, and many projects that I encounter daily that require working as a team.

Goals and priorities: Continue to look for ways to more efficiently offer the services tax payers want while working to eliminate debt. Make sure our tax dollars are spent wisely.

Quality Schools for our children, Maintaining Economic Growth (jobs through industrial development), continuing improvements of county

roads, and a safe and clean environment are top priority.

I have six years experience as a County Commissioner in the Fourth District. I enjoy serving the people in the place I call home where I have lived all my life, worked, raised a family, attended school and church. Before making decisions as a County Commissioner , I gather input from my constituents in the 4th district and information through committee meetings with other commissioners and individuals, also reading and attending regular County Commission Meetings and prayer.

My passion for helping people, leadership abilities, and a vision for making our county the best place to live gives me the perspective on being able to serve the people in the fourth district as a County Commissioner.

I personally want to thank all of the people in the fourth district who put their trust in me by voting for me in past elections and I would greatly appreciate your vote and support in the next election on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. I look forward to being your commissioner for the next 4 years and will continue to work, plan, and promote what is best for the community in which we live.

I serve the fourth district which includes Dykes, Upper Beech, Keplar, Rogersville North Outside and Surgoinsville Inside and Outside.

Joe McLain

I have been a member of the County Commission for 4 years. Many people asked me to consider running for re-election. I believe we have a number of positive projects in progress and I would like to see them completed.

Graduated from Surgoinsville High School. Attended ETSU for two years; 4 years in US Navy, 2 tours of duty in Vietnam. Worked 32 years for TVA, Retired. Graduated from the Executive Development Program at Vanderbilt University , Nashville, Tennessee.

Retired as Operations Manager from TVA John Sevier Fossil Plant, Rogersville, Tennessee.

Active member of First Baptist Church of Surgoinsville

Served on Surgoinsville Medical Board. During this time we built the Surgoinsville Public Library.

Served on Governing Board of Rural Health Services Consortium. During this time we constructed several new clinics in upper East Tennessee and developed a competitive pay program for employees.

Currently serving on the Board of Mayor and Alderman for the City of Surgoinsville, Tennesee

Married to Donna Miller McLain, School Counselor for Hawkins County School System. We have 3 children, and 6 grandchildren.

My interpersonal skills, budgeting experience and project management skills will be of value in serving on the County Commission. I will bring my experience to the table with a willingness to study the issues and have a view to the future of our County--all the while knowing the tax payers are paying for everything we do in our County. I believe too many of our dollars leave Hawkins County. I will be active in looking for ways the Commission can assist in keeping our dollars in our county. My guiding principle will be to bring services to our citizens while balancing the need to keep taxes low.

We are living in a difficult time. We must find a way to bring jobs to our county. We need goods and services that allow us to keep our tax dollars in Hawkins County. Anything that comes before the Commissioners must always be weighed against both short- and long--term affects. I believe the commission must consider these areas when conducting business for the county:

Education- our schools and teachers have a major roll in determining the future of our county.

Infrastructure- basic services such as clean drinking water, sanitary sewer where practical, septic systems that do not pollute ground water and are a health hazard, and adequate roads to meet the changing needs of the county.

Wellness- includes many things, such as recreation, availability of health care, safety, and low crime rate.

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