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Hawkins County Commission District 6: Five Republicans competing for three seats

April 30th, 2014 5:35 pm by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins County Commission District 6: Five Republicans competing for three seats

The District 6 Hawkins County Commission race will be determined in the May 6 primary with all Republicans on the ballot including incumbents Darrell Gilliam, Shane Bailey and Gary hicks; and challengers Kasey Lawson and Austin Ray Bradley. 

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.

Shane Bailey:

The first time I was elected (2006) as Hawkins County Commissioner, I ran because I wanted to have an opportunity to "give back" because of what the people of Hawkins County had given to me. There are coaches, teachers, friends, and many others who have taught me so much about life; I felt this was a way to say Thank You! After 8 years as District 6 Hawkins County Commissioner (Alum Well, Choptack, Clinch, and Mooresburg), I realize there are many aspects of county government. Through an optimistic and learning attitude, I feel that I am better qualified now than before and can continue giving the respect, help, and attention to my constituents, and make decisions representing District 6, along with Hawkins County, to the best of my ability.

I am currently Assistant Principal at Rogersville City School. I have spent the last 14 years with Hawkins County Schools as a truancy officer, computer technician, teacher, coach, Assistant Principal, and Principal before moving this past school year. I have taught at Clinch, Keplar, and Rogersville Middle School before I went to Surgoinsville Middle School as an administrator. I received my Bachelors' degree from Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina, my Masters' degree in Administration and Supervision and my Ed.S. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University. I feel my employment and educational background have strongly supported my position as Commissioner because it has allowed me to apply my experience in understanding the budget, being a leader, making tough decisions, and being proactive in an elected position.

My top goals and priorities as Commissioner are: To respect the position and respect the people in District 6, and Hawkins County; To make good, informed decisions; To continue searching for ideas that will assist the county in generating revenue to keep property tax increases from occurring; To continue a strong, respectful working relationship with Hawkins County and state elected officials; and To be a supportive leader as Hawkins County continues to grow

I am the best candidate for District 6 Hawkins County Commissioner because: I have yet to vote in favor of a property tax increase since being elected in 2006; Born and raised in Hawkins County -- Married for 17 years to Donna Scism Bailey. We have 2 boys -- River (15) and Parker (10); I have experience with budgets, research, and writing resolutions; I have answered/returned all phone calls; Chairman - Education Committee (April, 2014); Chairman - Parks Committee (September, 2010 - present); Chairman - Environmental Committee (September, 2010 - present); Vice-Chairman - Road Committee (September, 2013 - present); Vice-Chairman -- Solid Waste Committee (September, 2010 - present)

It has been an absolute honor representing District 6 -Alum Well, Choptack, Clinch, and Mooresburg as one of your three commissioners. This is a position that I have taken seriously, and with total respect as Hawkins County grows. The next four years will be full of changes. During these changes, District 6 will need someone that will be knowledgeable, respectful, and experienced to make sure decisions made are in the best interest of District 6 and Hawkins County. I ask for your continued support and vote. Thank you very much!

Gary Hicks:

I decided to run for County Commissioner back in 2006 to simply become involved in my community and county. While that may sound clich, I truly had no other motive. This was also my reasoning back in 2010 and now in 2014, the goal remains the same. I want to continue to serve my community and county to ensure that future generations have every opportunity to live successful lives in Hawkins County.

I am currently the Director of Technology for the Rogersville City School System. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from East Tennessee State University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Tennessee. I have been the Chairman of the Hawkins County Budget Committee since 2010. My education and current job has allowed me to make sound fiscal decisions to ensure that Hawkins County's Budget continues to be data driven and fiscally responsible.

As Chairman of the Budget Committee, my main focus is the budget of Hawkins County. I understand how important the budget is to the livelihood of Hawkins County. So, one of the priorities I have is to continue to search for alternative revenue streams which will ensure a static tax rate for all landowners. I will also continue to explore cost cutting measures that ensure a lean budget that does not negatively impact the day to day operations of Hawkins County. Stepping outside of the budget, I would like to better the lines of communication between the County Commission and all elected officials and office heads.

I have 8 years experience of being a County Commissioner. Those 8 years include: County Commission Vice-Chairman, Budget Chairman, Personnel Chairman, Insurance Vice-Chairman, Airport Vice-Chairman, Beer Board Secretary and many other leadership roles within county government. I have represented Hawkins County on the Holston Business Development Center Board of Directors where numerous jobs have been created for our region. I have the educational background to understand financial data and economic and market trends to ensure responsible fiscal decisions.

Being a representative for the 6th district has truly been an honor. It is something that I do not take for granted, nor lightly. If re-elected, I will continue to be accessible to my constituents and all the citizens of Hawkins County. I will continue to search for ways to offset any tax rate increase while maintaining essential services that citizens expect.

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