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Hawkins County Commission District 5: Five Republicans to determine race in May 6 primary

April 30th, 2014 5:20 pm by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins County Commission District 5: Five Republicans to determine race in May 6 primary

There are five Republicans seeking three District 5 seats on the Hawkins County Commission including incumbents Charlie Freeman. Glenda Davis and John Metz, and challengers Donnie Eidson Jr. and Mark Linkous.

With no Democrats in that race the District 5 election will be determined in the 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.

Glenda Davis:

I hope that I am making a difference in our county.

I was employed at the Hawkins County Sheriff's office for 30 yrs.

I have an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Walters State community College and a B.S. Degree in Management from Tusculum College. I feel that employment with the Hawkins County Sheriff's Department gave me insight to how county goverment works.

I oppose new taxes. There has to be other resource out there. We need to attract more jobs to the area and support education.

I will work diligent to support the citizens of Hawkins County.

I love Hawkins County. This has been my home for 66 years. We need to work together to ensure the best jobs and education for our children.

John Metz:

During my first term, a wise elder advised making a list of 3 goals. The optimistic list quickly climbed to 13 and I realized... 3 is probable and 13 impossible. Nonetheless, below I discuss the remaining goals and priorities I hope to see finalized during what will be a self imposed two term limit. I am seeking reelection simply because I feel, if the right leadership is in place, there is much more to be done to encourage progress.

By starting my first business at the age of 23 I've been blessed with the opportunity to acquire and startup additional businesses in unrelated fields, all of which continue to contribute to the local economy. Seventeen (17) years of business experience has allowed me to learn hard lessons on my own dime. We need leadership whose learning curve will not come at the expense of taxpayers. In this election, regardless of the race, please decide as stakeholders who you want to participate in leading our county.

Of the original 13 goals, these remain undone... finalize comprehensive review of health insurance and benefit plans, in conjunction with state and federal government Hawkins County can implement financial programs that are available in other counties to assist high school graduates obtain higher educational goals, short and long term planning committee, eliminate the current risk of pain clinics or unethical healthcare providers setting up shop in residential neighborhoods, tax abatements for investors willing to rehab existing properties with future revenue production possibilities, fill the subcommittees formed under the industrial committee with citizens charged with grant research, retiree recruitment, and tourism. These things have a positive long term economic affect with either zero cost or ederal government Hawkins County can in compensation tary and as a drill instructor worked h funded from the cost savings created by the same planning we all use in our own households. This "wish list" will create perpetual returns on investment. Return on investment and reinvesting those returns for the future are basic conservative business principals that rarely find their way in to government.

I'm well aware of what local government will have to face over the next 18 months. I'm sure anyone who has the slightest knowledge of what is around the corner took lengthy counsel before deciding to run for county commission. The reality is that without significant adjustments it will be virtually impossible to avoid a tax increase. Any candidate promising, like myself, to fight hard against a tax increase is destined for many sleepless nights. The current course makes it a statistical impossibility to avoid, and with each passing year fewer options remain.

I've been told many times "you're no politician", "you need to think about longevity". As a commissioner I've had to cast votes that were unfavorable to close friends and potentially damaging to business relationships. Those decisions are always gut wrenching and tough. As a public servant you agree to place yourself in a secondary position. A commissioner averages $150.00 per month in compensation. To my district, I hope you feel my work ethic and research preparedness has been money well spent.

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