August election 2014
August Election Profiles 2014
★★★ 2014 Election C O U N T Y G E N E R A L & S TAT E P R I M A RY A comprehensive look at all of the candidates for local office in the August 7 Putnam County general election and the Democrat and Republican primaries for state offices. Brought to you as a public service by the Herald-Citizen Special Supplement, Sunday, July 13, 2014 A2 — HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, July 13, 2014 ★★★ Election 2014 Herald-Citizen staff committed to election coverage This is a big year in politics in Putnam County. With almost every office on the ballot, 2014 could change the face of government in this community. Knowing how important every vote is, the Herald-Citizen has put together the second of two special election sections designed to help readers keep track of the candidates and the races. The section includes the candidates who qualified for the Aug. 7 county general and state primary elections and also candidates who won the May 6 primary elections. The Democrats, Republicans and Independents listed on these pages will appear on the August ballot. We did not solicit advertising in this section. Instead, we chose to make it more of a guide for voters to use before going to the polls. We appreciate the candidates who completed our questionnaire. Candidates in this section include but are not limited to those running for county offices, such as county executive, property assessor, sheriff and county clerk; municipal offices in Baxter, Monterey, Algood and Cookeville; the county school board; and the judicial district. Also featured are candidates running for state offices, such as state representative, state senate and state executive committeeman and state executive committeewoman. The Herald-Citizen is providing this special sections as a service to our community. We want our readers to be informed when it comes time for elections. Index of Candidates Algood mayor and council.....................16 Assessor of Property ................................8 Baxter city council ................................15 Chancellor...............................................4 Circuit Court Clerk..................................3 Circuit Judge Part I ..................................5 Circuit Judge Part II .................................5 Cookeville city council.........................6-7 County Clerk ...........................................4 County Commission .........................10-14 County Executive.....................................2 Criminal Court Judge Part I .....................5 Criminal Court Judge Part II ....................5 District Attorney General ........................3 District Public Defender..........................3 Executive Committeeman ......................17 Executive Committeewoman .................16 General Sessions Judge Part I...................6 General Sessions Judge Part II .................6 Monterey mayor and alderman .............15 Register of Deeds ....................................4 Road Supervisor ......................................3 School board ...........................................9 State Representative ..............................17 State Senate...........................................18 Sheriff......................................................3 Trustee.....................................................2 Explanation of Offices The County Trustee is the county’s treasurer. The office collects county property taxes and other fees and revenue and is responsible for disbursing funds and investing idle county funds. The Circuit Court Clerk runs the clerical system for General Sessions, Criminal Court and Juvenile Court, issuing warrants, summonses, citations and keeping records of the courts. The County Clerk heads the office which handles motor vehicle titling, registration, noting of liens, issuing of marriage licenses and county business licenses, collection of business taxes and the keeping of the records and minutes of the County Commission and of the County Beer Board. The District Attorney is the chief criminal prosecutor in Putnam and six other area counties in the 13th Judicial District, including Overton, White, DeKalb, Cumberland, Clay and Pickett. The DA investigates crimes, presents evidence to the grand jury and prosecutes persons accused of crimes. A Circuit Court judge presides over courts of general jurisdiction, hearing civil and criminal cases and appeals of decisions from City, Juvenile, Municipal and General Sessions courts. The judge serves Putnam, Overton, White, DeKalb, Cumberland, Clay and Pickett counties, which make up the 13th Judicial District. The Assessor of Property assesses and values all county property for taxation purposes each year. The assessor must determine the value of all property in the county, except property of public utilities. The Road Supervisor runs the county’s Highway Department, which is in charge of road and bridge construction and maintenance. The Register of Deeds heads the county office which handles the recording of property deeds and other legal documents. The County Sheriff heads the countywide law enforcement agency, which investigates crimes and accidents, patrols roads, provides security at the Justice Center and at various public events, provides school resource officers in public schools and runs the county jail. The County Executive is the chief financial and administrative officer for the county and is responsible for helping develop the budget and for oversight of the budget. The County Commission, made up of 24 members representing various specific districts of the county, is the county legislative body. Among the duties are setting the property tax rate, development and approval of the county budget and generally determining how county funds are spent. Voting precincts District 1 — Capshaw District 2 — Northeast District 3 — University (votes at Collegeside Church of Christ) District 4 — Burks Middle, Monterey City Hall, Poplar Grove District 5 — Prescott South, Dry Valley, Cookeville Community Center District 6 — Cane Creek District 7 — Burgess Falls, Twin Oak District 8 — Cornerstone, Upperman, Buffalo Valley, Boma District 9 — Double Springs (Locust Grove Church of Christ) District 10 — Pavilion, Sycamore District 11 — Bangham, Cookeville High School District 12 — Algood Inside (Algood Senior Community Center), Algood Outside (Algood Elementary School), Brotherton COUNT Y GENERAL County Executive NAME: Kim Blaylock POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: 931-839-3914 FAMILY MEMBERS: Mike and Levi Blaylock, Jake and Amy Blaylock New and Lily Kate, Andy and Charlotte Blaylock Looper, Trenton and Darcie. Blaylock EDUCATION: BS in business administration — accounting from Tennessee Tech, licensed certified public accountant. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Church of Christ. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Member of Cookeville Noon Day Rotary, coached youth baseball and basketball for nearly 20 years, served as treasurer of youth baseball and basketball leagues for nearly 20 years, served as treasurer of youth baseball and basketball leagues for nearly 20 years, served as treasurer for the Uffelman PTO, MHS Project Graduation, MHS athletic foundation and Girl Scouts, volunteer for Habitat for Humanity Cooking on the Square, Leadership Putnam Class of 2002, served on the Putnam County Parks and Recreation board for more than 10 years. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: My family, music and sports. HONORS/AWARDS: Valedictorian, MHS class of 1980; appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen to serve on the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Putnam County School Board, 1998. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County executive CURRENT OCCUPATION: County executive/certified public accountant WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Putnam County government is a multi-million dollar a year business and the county executive is the finance director. Some of the responsibilities of the county executive include preparing and managing $50 million worth of budgets for various funds, oversight of financial transactions, human resource and accounting issues, debt management and providing financial analysis, advice and planning. Anyone 25 years old and a resident of the county can run for county executive. It is up to the voter to understand the responsibilities of the office and evaluate the candidate’s qualifications for the job. I’m a licensed certified public accountant with nearly 30 years experience in governmental auditing, accounting and finance and have used my knowledge and experience to benefit our county. During my tenure, our budgetary general operating revenues have increased by $9.3 million from $1.7 million to $11 million. This was accomplished by sound management practices and no increases in this fund in the last six years. Because of increasing reserves, our bond credit rating improved two levels. Putnam County has a Moody’s rating of Aa2. Few counties in our state have a credit rating that high. Because our credit rating is higher, our interest rates on bonds issued have been lower. More than $7 million in interest costs have been saved on our last three borrowings. People say, “Our county is broke. We have too much debt.” Nothing could be further from the truth. We have debt, but it is managed. We have made progress by building needed facilities and have the resources available to repay what we owe. If our county were in a bad financial condition, our credit rating would be going down, not up. Putnam County’s unemployment rate is below the state and national average. We have moved forward with projects that have and will create and retain jobs. The success of our families, our businesses and our government depends on one thing: the ability to manage our finances. Financial management is about doing “more with less.” Putnam County has more money in the bank, a more favorable credit rating, more progress, more jobs, less unemployment and less tax increases all during tough economic times. The numbers tell the true story. Please allow me to continue to use my knowledge and experience to keep our county on a sound financial foundation and make Putnam County a better place to live for your family and mine. NAME: Randy Porter POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: 931-267-3033 ADDRESS: 6535 Bob Lynn Rd., Cookeville. FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife Melanie, daughter Paige, father-in-law Russ Cyphers. EDUCATION: Associate degree in business administration, Volunteer State Community College; AssociPorter ate degree in applied science (paramedic), Volunteer State Community College; extended studies in business and accounting, Tennessee Technological University; licensed/certified as EMT-Paramedic; emergency vehicle operation instructor; American Heart CPR instructor; firefighter II and emergency mountain rescue. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Active member and deacon of Scott Avenue Baptist Church; current chairman of deacons and church treasurer. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Tennessee Tech paramedic advisory board, Tennessee Emergency Communications board, Upper Cumberland Regional Homeland Security council, Upper Cumberland EMS Directors Association, Upper Cumberland 911 Directors Association, former Rotarian. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Golf, traveling, Jeeping on weekends. HONORS/AWARDS: I’m proud to lead a great Putnam County Emergency Medical Services team to the highest rating possible as an advanced life-support emergency ambulance service and several other awards for our outstanding cardiac resuscitation success rate. I helped lead Putnam County to awards in CPR and Automated Defibrillator use from the American Heart Association, International Fire Chiefs Association and Tennessee Hospital Association; special achievement in GIS award (2013), ESRI National Conference; Senator Joe Haynes Special Achievement in 911 award (2012), Tennessee Emergency Number Association; GIS Champion Award (2006), Tennessee Geographic Council; GIS Special Achievement Award (2006), ESRI National Conference; Community Service Award (2005), Tennessee Medical Association; Humanitarian of the Year (1999), Putnam County Jaycees; Outstanding Drug Awareness Program Award (1995), Cookeville Police Department; Citizens Safety Award (1992), Putnam County Pilot Club; Outstanding Young Public Safety Official (1990), Putnam County Jaycees. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County executive CURRENT OCCUPATION: Putnam County Emergency Medical Services director (1983-present), Putnam County coroner (1987-present), Putnam County 911 director (1991-present), Putnam County technology director (2005-present). WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: The office of Putnam County executive serves as the CEO of this great community we call home. As with any business, your CEO should be an effective leader, a sound financial manager, an objective personnel director, a strategic planner and a professional representative promoting the best interests of Putnam County. I feel with my experience and qualifications, I am the right executive to fill the attributes listed above and lead our county to better results. First and foremost, I am a hard-working public servant at heart and have dedicated my life to serving the citizens of this great county. If elected, I vow to continue investing my full effort into Putnam County, as I believe a strong work ethic is critical to achieving our goals and serving the public well. Even the strongest work ethic, though, is ineffective unless it is directed properly. With my 30 years experience in Putnam County government, there’s little I have not been involved in. I’m proud to have led the second largest county department (EMS) to award-winning results over the years. And I’m honored to have worked with virtually every department in helping to achieve countywide goals. There’s not a facet of county government that I haven’t directly had a hand in or have been exposed to in some way, so I know much about the job and look forward to addressing the challenges that come with it. Finally, it’s you, the citizens of Putnam County, who really matter. In my current roles, I am blessed to have come in contact with so many of my fellow residents and I listen to the concerns you bring me. So many people want a better Putnam County — new leadership, new ideas, new jobs, just to list some of the top priorities. If given the opportunity with your vote, I will do my best to satisfy these wishes in ways that most benefit the county as a whole and lead us toward a better community in which we live, work and play. I am ready to put my experience to work for a stronger Putnam! I would be honored to receive your vote in the general election Aug. 7. Trustee NAME: Freddie G. Nelson POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: 931-260-0652 ADDRESS: 199 Green Mountain Rd., Cookeville. FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife Kathy Hunter Nelson, son Steven Nelson, parents Irene and the late Ardean Nelson, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Connie Nelson and Tom and Faye Nelson, two sisters and Nelson brother-in-law, Donna and Jeff Moss and Kathy Goolsby, mother-in-law Catherine Hunter, father-in-law the late James Hollis Hunter, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Billy and Glenda Hunter. EDUCATION: BS and Masters degrees in special education from TTU. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Deacon at Brotherton Freewill Baptist Church. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Vice chairman of the finance committee and executive committee of Pacesetters, Inc. and a Mason. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: All sports. HONORS/AWARDS: State 4-H Friend of the Year award. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Former county commissioner. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Putnam County trustee CURRENT OCCUPATION: Putnam County trustee WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: The trustee’s office is an extremely important position vital to the financial well-being of our county. The trustee is the county’s banker and tax collector. This office maintains control of county funds until they are distributed on a monthly basis to governmental agencies. This office oversees the total cash flow of all county financials, collects all money owed and invests the money with only collateralized banking institutions which offer the highest interest rate. Since I have been elected, I have made several positive changes to benefit the taxpayers. Some of the changes are that I requested to the comptroller to allow our office to set up the five payment plan, easing the burden of paying taxes all at one time; requested and approved by the county commission to move to the lower level of the courthouse, making it easier for the elderly to access; and reserved parking off of Broad Street during the busy tax season which allows people easier access to our office. My staff and I make home visits to the elderly and disabled for those who can’t get in to pay their taxes or for tax relief. For the past four years and beyond, I have strived to be very active and attend various functions in every community of Putnam County. In the trustee’s office, my employees and I treat you with friendly and courteous service. My wife and I are life-long residents of Putnam County. I graduated from Putnam County Senior High School, then served in the U.S. Army from 1971-1974, then to the Army National Guard from 1974-1976. I served as a teacher in the Putnam County school system for 30 years and during that time, I was a boys basketball coach and girls’ track coach at Cookeville High School. My wife and I have owned Nelson Trophy and Screenprinting for the past 19 years. I have been married to Kathy Hunter Nelson for 42 years and have one son, Steven, who attends Pacesetters. As trustee, I’ve done my best to improve the office and make positive changes. My staff and I have endeavored to promote the community with courteous service and good stewards of the office entrusted to us. NAME: Betty Tommaso POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: 931-432-1462 ADDRESS: 2675 Cloverdale Dr., Cookeville. EDUCATION: BS, TTU, MBA (six credits) Virginia Tech, New York University, Long Island, New Tommaso York, 26 hours, MBA. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Scout leader, Northeast facilitator, local Native American members coordinating teaching of culture and history, Putnam County schools, community volunteer. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Facing history and ourselves working with local high school, sponsoring Civil Rights exhibits and work with Holocaust survivors for the Middle Tennessee area. HONORS/AWARDS: Field investigator recognition for zero case losses of trials, Long Island, N.Y. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Trustee CURRENT OCCUPATION: Co-owner Tennessee Real Estate Development, Long Island, N.Y., eight years, 37 years in Cookeville. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Business education, high school, TTU, New York University and continuing education TTU business law. Experience as a field investigator saw first hand of financial destruction due to greed, corruption and disregard of public good. In November 2011, I found public records verifying 200-plus property owners who paid zero taxes due to misrepresentation of owners. Audit by State of Tennessee in August 2012 confirmed lost money to Putnam County. From day one, I will be implementing the findings of August 2012 audit and work with all other Putnam County departments creating a sound accountable system with checks and balances. For election information, visit the Putnam County Election Commission at 705 County Services Drive, Cookeville, TN 38501 or call (931) 526-2566; fax: (931) 526-8724 Debbie Steidl, Administrator of Elections email: email@example.com HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, July 13, 2014 — A3 ★★★ Election 2014 COUNT Y GENERAL District Attorney General NAME: Tony Craighead POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: 931-261-4265 ADDRESS: 597 Windrowe Dr., Cookeville FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife of 29 years Ann, son Zac (23), daughter Mary Elizabeth (21). EDUCATION: BS in Political Science from TenCraighead nessee Tech University (1985), Doctor of Jurisprudence, Nashville School of Law (1992), Career Prosecutor Course, National College of District Attorneys (1994), numerous prosecutor training courses (homicide, white collar crime, child abuse, drug trafficking, etc.) CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member of First Methodist Church of Cookeville. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Vice president of Sunset Rotary of Cookeville, host of WCTE Great TV Auction, Back Stage at CPAC and Wesley Arena, MADD. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Running, movies, reading, community theater. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: 2006-2008 interim District Attorney. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: District Attorney General. CURRENT OCCUPATION: Deputy District Attorney. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I have the experience and a record of success in the DA’s office and the courtroom. I came to work at the DA’s office in 1991 as an intern. I was hired as an assistant after law school in 1992. I have spent my entire legal career fighting for the people of this community, prosecuting criminals, standing up in court for the rights of victims of crimes. I have spent 22 years putting murderers, child abusers, sex offenders, drug dealers, rapists, robbers, burglars and all other offenders in prison. I have dedicated my life to this job. When DA Bill Gibson was suspended in 2006, I was given the responsibility of running the DA’s office and performing the duties of DA. I did this for two years. During a time of great controversy, I was the DA. Some may not remember that because the office ran so effectively. I have proven I know how to successfully manage the DA’s office and make the office run effectively. No one in this race has the in-court experience that I do. I have stood before juries hundreds of times and tried hundreds of cases, ranging from shoplifting to death penalty cases. Many people believe that the most serious cases are murder and child sex abuse. I have tried dozens and dozens of these cases. I have the experience, ability and a proven record of success in the courtroom. I ask the voters of this district to simply look for the most qualified candidate, the candidate with the most courtroom experience, the candidate with a record of success in the courtroom. This job is more than what I do. This job is who I am. I would appreciate your vote and support in the August election. NAME: Bryant C. Dunaway POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: 931-526-6010 ADDRESS: 3341 Mine Lick Creek Road, Cookeville FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife: LeeAnn M. DunDunaway away; Children: Julianne Dunaway (12) Katie Dunaway (12) Jennings Grant Dunaway (8) EDUCATION: Graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy; Associate in Applied Science — Tennessee Tech University; Bachelor of Science — Tennessee Tech University; Juris Doctor — Nashville School of Law CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Deacon and ministry leader — Collegeside Church of Christ CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Member of the Chamber of Commerce, secretary/board member of the Rotary Club of Cookeville, former chairman/board member of CityScape, Leadership Putnam class of 2004 alumni, former board member of Leadership Putnam, former board member of the Carmen Burnett CPR Foundation, and a leader with the Boy Scouts of America. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Shooting sports, firearms training, motorcycling, camping, hunting and fishing. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: None OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: District Attorney General CURRENT OCCUPATION: Attorney WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I believe there is currently a lack of balance in the pursuit of criminal cases in our area. There exists a slant toward excessive plea bargains and low sentencing that I find bothersome. Much of the criminal activity in our area, be it burglary, theft or violence toward others, is related to illegal drug use and sales. Being soft on perpetrators of crime is wrong — it makes our communities less safe. As a former police officer, I know from personal experience how frustrating it can be to law enforcement personnel who work so hard on these criminal cases to see the same perpetrators get off with leniency. I want to change that. My background, as both a police officer and an attorney, gives me a unique advantage to produce a just and proper balance in the office of the District Attorney. District Public Defender NAME: David N. Brady POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: 931-526-9141 ADDRESS: 5867 Rocky Point Rd., Cookeville FAMILY MEMBERS: Mary Kay Brady, children John Brady and Fiona Hardy EDUCATION: BA-University of Tennessee/Chattanooga in political science and psychology; JD-UniBrady versity of Tennessee/Knoxville Law School. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Instrumental in creating drug courts in the 13th Judicial District. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: History reading. HONORS/AWARDS: Past secretary/treasurer, president and vice president of the Tennessee District Public Defender’s Conference. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Captain, USAR, Judge Advocate General Corp OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: District Public Defender. CURRENT OCCUPATION: Attorney WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: In the summer of 1989, I had the single honor of being appointed the first lawyer to head up an entirely new state elected office, the District Public Defender’s Office for the 13th Judicial District. On day one, it was myself and one other lawyer from Smithville to handle the cases in the district’s seven counties. Over the course of my 25 years of service as District Public Defender, I have maintained and managed essentially the same office staff with little to no turnover and sustained three employees through their retirement. Many years and many thousands of cases (28,000 in criminal court alone) later, and with the assistance of what is now eight lawyer assistants and three office staff, the District Public Defender’s Office remains an effective office defending citizens accused. I am particularly proud of having been instrumental in creating Drug Courts in several of our counties to provide treatment and support for citizens seeking to recover from the scourge of drug addiction, which causes so much devastation in our communities. If re-elected as your Public Defender, I will continue with this quest to provide rehabilitative services to those who need them so that they will be able to sustain the needs for themselves and their families and become more productive citizens of our community. I am anxious to continue to lead the office which I had the honor to set up and lead for the last 25 years. I ask for your support and your vote. NAME: Craig P. Fickling POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: 931-528-6403 ADDRESS: 118 E. 1st St., Cookeville FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife: Melaney, son, Lee (10) EDUCATION: Millsaps College, BA, 1987; University of Memphis, JD, 1997 Fickling CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Vestry member 2011 to present, 2014 Senior Warden. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Member Tennessee Bar Association, Putnam County Bar association, president, 1998-2000, vice president, 1997; Upper Cumberland Trial Lawyers Association, president, 1997, vice president, 1996; former board member of the Cookeville Children’s Museum; member of the Chamber of Commerce; Putnam County Rural Health Clinic board member 2004-present; coach Cookeville High School mock trail team 1998-2005. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Camping, travel, reading, hunting and gun collecting. HONORS/AWARDS: Dorothy Stulberg award for outstanding probono service, 1999. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: None. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: District Public Defender. CURRENT OCCUPATION: Attorney. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Everyone, regardless of who they are or where they are from, has the same basic Constitutional rights to justice and equality under the law. The office of Public Defender protects the rights of those who are less fortunate. If some of us are denied our Constitutional rights, then it is only a matter of time before all of us are denied our rights. After all, justice denied to one is justice denied to all. For the past 23 years, I have been representing our friends, neighbors and relatives in the Upper Cumberland who have found themselves in need of a competent legal defense. Nearly two decades ago, I was selected for the Federal Criminal Justice Panel, and since that time, I have been involved in some of the most complicated and complex criminal cases in this state. Currently, I am one of only 60 attorneys in the Middle Tennessee who is eligible to be appointed to federal criminal cases. I have successfully tried hundreds of cases and have dedicated my professional life to upholding the law in our justice system. Because of that dedication and more than 23 years of experience, I believe I have earned the respect of other attorneys, jurists and my clients. And, as such, I believe I can effectively execute the office of Public Defender and work tirelessly to protect everyone’s Constitutional rights. Road Supervisor NAME: Larry “Buck” Huddleston POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: 931-265-4726 ADDRESS: 4706 Front Street, Cookeville. FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife of 38 years Patricia, son Jason and Tyler Huddleston, daughter-in-law Christie Huddleston, grandchildren Riley and Brayden Huddleston, parHuddleston ents the late Max and Mollie Huddleston, mother-in-law Melba Bennett and father-in-law the late Otis Bennett. EDUCATION: Graduate of Upperman High School (1972). CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES:Boma First Church of God and involved with church activities. CIVIC/COMMUNITYACTIVITIES:Family and grandchildren, hunting, fishing and outdoor sports, anything that involves the family. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Road supervisor CURRENT OCCUPATION: Owner of Bennett Paving LLC. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Larry “Buck” Huddleston has owned and operated a successful asphalt paving company in Putnam County for the last 31 years. The hard work and management “Buck” has attained by his hardwork ethics from his business will benefit the taxpayers of Putnam County. Having this experience, “Buck” pledges to work within the budget passed by the county commission and to spend your tax dollars wisely which will benefit both city and rural Putnam County taxpayers with lower property taxes.When elected, “Buck” will use his many miles of paving experiences to ensure you, the taxpayers, have the best possible roads to drive on in Putnam County. “Buck” is looking forward to receiving more input from the taxpayers on the needs for your roads to give you what you deserve from your tax dollars. The office of road supervisor will always have an open-door policy for the citizens of Putnam County. “Buck” is an honest, hardworking, trustworthy and dependable person. He will apply those same traits to the road supervisor of Putnam County. He is a family man with a common sense approach to decision making that will benefit the taxpayers of Putnam County. When elected, “Buck” pledges to be a fulltime road supervisor. Larry “Buck” Huddleston humbly asks for your vote and support in the Aug. 7 county general election. Jones NAME: Randy Jones POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: 931-261-3450 ADDRESS: 4300 Verble Sherrell Rd., Cookeville. FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife Jan, sons David Bowling and wife Katie, the late Stephen Jones and his widow Holly, grandsons Landon Bowling and Peyton Jones. EDUCATION: Graduate of Putnam County Senior High School. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Hunting, fishing and playing with my grandsons. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: County road supervisor. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County road supervisor. CURRENT OCCUPATION: County road supervisor. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Immediately after I took office in May 2010, we were hit with a major flood in the western part of the county and in the fall of 2010, the northern part of the county was hit with another flood. Both events took out major roads, such as Pippin Road, Dyer Long Road, Cumby Road, Knight’s Chapel Road, and several others. It was my responsibility to have these roads passable and back up to standards as quickly as possible. Not only did my department have these roads repaired and open quickly, I was able to work with FEMA to obtain partial funding for these repairs which greatly reduced the cost to Putnam County taxpayers. In the past four years, we have accomplished several paving projects throughout Putnam County and have more planned in 2014. I am also coordinating a state-aid bridge project in Poplar Grove that started in 2013 and is projected to be complete in late fall of 2014. I have worked hard and will continue to work hard for the people of Putnam County. I will continue to work with FEMA and Tennessee state agencies to obtain project funding. I take this job seriously and would like to continue the progress the Highway Department has made since I’ve been in office. I would greatly appreciate your vote. Sheriff NAME: Eddie Farris POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: 261-4144 ADDRESS: 1524 Turnberry Place, Cookeville. FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife Jill, two daughters, Morgan, a TTU freshman and Brooke, an Upperman High School sophomore. Farris EDUCATION: BS degree in criminal justice from East Tennessee State University. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member at Cumberland First Presbyterian Church. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Member of the National Rifle Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Harley Owners Group, TN Narcotics Association, American Motorcycle Association, International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instruction, Defenders, International Association of Undercover Officers, FBI National Academy, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Weightlifting, motorcycling and golfing. HONORS/AWARDS: Captain and recipient of baseball scholarship to ETSU, Putnam County’s first jail administrator, graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, recipient of Outstanding Achievement award from the TN Highway Patrol, Criminal Investigation Division in 2000, assigned to FBI “Safe Streets” Violent Crimes task force, promoted to assistant special agent in charge with the Tennessee Highway Patrol Criminal Investigation Division. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: None OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Sheriff CURRENT OCCUPATION: Special Agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: My purpose for running for sheriff is simple — I will do my best to serve and protect. I will also do my best to help make Putnam County a better and safer place for all of us to live, worship, work, play and raise our families. By using all of my training, experience and skills, I will organize the sheriff’s department in such a way that all employees are inspired and motivated to serve the community in a professional, competent and caring manner. Because I was born and raised here and because my family, parents, relatives, friends and church are here, there is no place else that I would rather use my law enforcement training and experience to serve others and make a positive difference. I am not campaigning to be sheriff because I seek the title or because I want to become even better known. It probably is quite apparent to you that I am not a politician, but simply a hardworking person with a successful and extensive law enforcement background. I am campaigning to be your next sheriff because I know that I will make a positive difference. I will work tirelessly to organize, inspire and motivate the employees of the sheriff’s department to perform their duties professionally and competently while treating all citizens with respect and dignity. Circuit Court Clerk Borys NAME: Marcia Borys POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: 526-8146 ADDRESS: 504 W. 12th St., Cookeville. FAMILY MEMBERS: Sons Roland Borys and Mark Borys, mother Clara Jean Ragland McDonald. EDUCATION: Attended Tennessee Technological University, graduate of University of Tennessee Local Government Leadership Program, certified public administrator, 2004 graduate of Leadership Putnam. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Willow Avenue Church of Christ. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Police Athletic League board of directors; TSSAA BlueCross Bowl facility management team since 2009, board of directors for Leisure Services advisory committee and Clean Commission 2004-2007, Citizens Fire Academy 2004, Citizens Police Academy 2005. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Walking my dogs. HONORS/AWARDS: Professional Woman of the Year by Cookeville Business and Professional Women 2002, Tennessee Tech Outstanding Professional Award. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Circuit Court Clerk OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Circuit Court Clerk CURRENT OCCUPATION: Circuit Court Clerk WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve. My door is always open and I will continue to work full-time for the people of this great county. Listed below are some of the accomplishments over the past three terms: County revenues have increased more than $661,000 in the Clerk’s office since 2002; Participated in TRACS grant program to track DUIs; Court dockets, court costs and jury service information is now available online; Credit card payments can be made through a third-party processor at no cost to the county; Local checks that can be verified are now accepted; Arranged for ATM machine to be placed in the Justice Center for convenience; Previously hand-written summonses, warrants and abstracts are now computerized; A digital court reporting system was installed in all five courtrooms at no cost to the taxpayers, eliminating the storage of audio cassettes; In July 2008, Juvenile and Probate Courts were transferred to the Circuit Court Clerk’s office; With the new computer system, we have the ability to scan documents into the case; We now have an online search available for those willing to pay a monthly fee of $25. The Putnam County Election Commission Joan C. Ross 102 W. Cleveland Ave., Monterey, TN 38574 (839-6687) Linda Daniel 5374 Gainesboro Grade, Cookeville, TN 38501 (526-9228) Perry Bartlett 4307 Hwy. 70 E., Cookeville, TN 38506 (526-5111) Jean Cody 1522 Barnes Drive, Cookeville, TN 38501 (526-1032) Terry Herrin 7419 Southfork Road, Baxter, TN 38544 (858-1998) A4 — HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, July 13, 2014 ★★★ Election 2014 COUNT Y GENERAL County Clerk NAME: Keith Marie (Lewis) Farley POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: 931-239-6186 ADDRESS: 4623 Shipley Road, Cookeville FAMILY MEMBERS: Husband Tim (married 34 years), son and daughter-in-law Kyle and Courtney Farley (Denton) Farley, son Kevin Farley, parents the late James A. and Joan (Speakman) Lewis, in-laws Frank and Kathleen (Farley) Davis and the late T.M. Farley. EDUCATION: 1977 graduate of Putnam County Senior High School. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Knight’s Chapel Freewill Baptist church, teach Sunday school, involved in the women’s auxiliary and serve in various committees in the church. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Spending time with my family and church family, boating, camping, fishing and bowling. HONORS/AWARDS: My two greatest honors: being a wife and mother. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County clerk. CURRENT OCCUPATION: Deputy clerk in the Putnam County Circuit Court Clerk’s office (11 1/2 years). WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I was born and raised in Putnam County, a county I’m proud to call my home. Growing up, I was taught the value of hard work and dedicated service to others and believe that before you can be a leader, you must first know how to serve. At the age of 17, I took my first job in the county clerk’s office where I worked both full and part time until I was 42. I worked under the administration of two county clerks, Juanita Nabors (five years) and Ruth Ann Woolbright (20 years). With 25 years experience in the clerk’s office, I feel that I have the knowledge and qualifications needed to run a successful office. My mother raised me to be honest, trustworthy and dependable and to always treat others with respect. I have applied these lessons to my life and would appreciate the opportunity to put them and my experience to work for you. I humbly ask for your vote and support. NAME: John Garland Western POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: 931-252-5705 ADDRESS: 4564 South Creek Rd., Cookeville. FAMILY MEMBERS: John F. Western and Annie D. Nash Western. EDUCATION: BA in criminal law, graduate of Western Upperman High School. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Boiling Springs Baptist Church. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: All sports. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Judicial commissioner. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County clerk. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: My name is John Garland Western. I am running for your county clerk. I was born in this town and went to school at Baxter and Upperman High School and asking for your vote for your county clerk to bring this office back to the people of Putnam County. I will not charge for weddings or take any money from the people and this office. This is the people’s office, not a one person office. The people who work in this office will have my respect and honesty. I am asking for your vote. There are three other people running for this office and they would make a great clerk, but the voter will pick the one to run this office. NAME: Wayne Nabors POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: 528-1339 (home) 526-7106 (office) ADDRESS: 3435 Poplar Grove Rd., Cookeville. FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife Jan Nabors (married for 40 years), son Blake and his wife Bethany (Fitzpatrick) Nabors Nabors. EDUCATION: 1973 graduate of Putnam County Senior High School, 2013 graduate of the University of Tennessee — (CTAS) as a certified public administrator. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: My family and I are members of Trinity Assembly in Algood where I play the piano. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Member of the Cookeville Noonday Rotary Club where I serve on the board of directors as Sgt. at Arms. I also serve on the board of directors of the Poplar Grove Community Center. I was a volunteer and member of the board of directors for the Putnam County chapter of the American Heart Association for 20 years. I currently emcee a number of community events throughout the year and volunteer with several organizations with events including the Cookeville Rescue Mission and WCTE. I am a graduate of Leadership Putnam class of 2002. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Music — playing the piano and organ. I have been a church pianist since I was nine years old. This will be my 34th year traveling and playing the organ for walking horse shows. I have played for hundreds of weddings and funerals in my lifetime. HONORS/AWARDS: A few plaques and certificates along the way, but no greater honor than to live in this great county and be privileged to be county clerk. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Elected county clerk in 2002. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County clerk. CURRENT OCCUPATION: County clerk. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: What a tremendous blessing and honor it is to serve as county clerk of Putnam County, and I have never taken that for granted, nor the people who I serve. Since taking office in 2002, along with a wonderful team of dedicated staff, we have taken the county clerk’s office to new levels of technology and advancement and introduced levels of services never before offered. I have kept my promises and have perfected them at practically no cost to taxpayers. I extended the office hours of the annex offices in Monterey and Baxter to better serve those communities. This is provided at no extra cost to taxpayers. As a result of that, we have perfected more than 35,000 transactions resulting in hundreds of hours and hundreds of dollars in personal expense savings to the working people of this great county. I have kept the drive-thru window open every Friday afternoon until 5:30 as I promised and it has been amazing at the folks we have been able to serve during that extended time at no extra cost to the taxpayers. I introduced online renewal services in 2010. This has saved folks thousands of hours of convenience by being able to utilize this service. I introduced an informational website in 2010 and have kept it fully up-to-date packed full of information, available forms, tax calculations and all the services provided by the county clerk’s office. I introduced renewals of Tennessee driver licenses beginning Jan. 1, 2012. The convenience of this service has been a blessing and has saved folks hundreds of hours of long waits at other state locations. I fully understand that folks are busy and they need their government services streamlined and as helpful for them as possible and we have done just that. I refuse to waste taxpayer money. My record in office will show that I have turned over thousands of excess fees and monies left over out of my yearly budget to the county, which has resulted in savings for property owners and taxpayers. It has always been my goal and accomplishment, and will continue to be, to always run the office in a business manner and give quick, courteous and efficient service to everyone. I humbly ask for your vote and support to continue to serve as your county clerk in Putnam County. Register of Deeds NAME: Harold Burris POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: 931-526-7101 ADDRESS: 9352 Lynn Chapel Rd., Cookeville. FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife Deloris Burris. EDUCATION: High school and one year at Tennessee Tech University. Burris CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Whitson Chapel Church of Christ. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Upper Cumberland Horseback Riders Club board member, Smith Chapel Cemetery board, past board member of the Clean Commission and Cookeville Senior Center, member of the county pay scale committee, ethics committee, public records committee. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Fishing and hunting. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Register of Deeds OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Register of Deeds CURRENT OCCUPATION: Register of Deeds WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I want to continue to serve the community with vision, reliability, leadership and experience. We are adding the older records to the computer system daily, which will make for better, easier service to our community. I will continue to update our system as updates are needed to better serve the public. The Register’s Office provides a service to the citizens of Putnam County and I have the experience to continue that service to our community. Sign regulations At the conclusion of a primary, general or special election, candidates are responsible for the removal of any signs, posters or placards advocating their candidacy that have been placed on highway right-of-ways or other publicly-owned property. The removal of such materials shall be accomplished within a reasonable period of time, not to exceed three weeks. (TCA 2-1-116) A candidate in a primary election who will be a candidate in the following general election will not be required to remove any signs until the conclusion of the general or special election. Cookeville Zoning Code, which applies to political signs: 207.3C No sign shall be located on, or attached to, any public property except public signs authorized by the City of Cookeville or the State of Tennessee. 207.4D Political signs can be displayed on private property with the consent of the owner. Such signs shall not exceed 32 square feet in sign face area. Any such sign that relates to an election or other specific event shall be removed within 14 days after the completion of said election or event. The owner of the property on which the sign is located shall be responsible for its removal. In a nutshell, signs are not permitted on city property and this includes utility poles as well as the city’s rights-of-way (this also applies to any planters in the downtown area around the square and the west side). A good rule of thumb is to only place signs on private property, with the permission of the property owner, at least 15 feet from the edge of the street. Banners across city streets are not permitted. Please make sure your signs do not interfere with automobile or pedestrian visibility. City personnel are required to remove any signs that are in violation of the regulations. NAME: Lewis Tommaso POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: 931-529-0212 ADDRESS: 2675 Cloverdale Dr., Cookeville. FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife Betty, two children, five grandchildren. EDUCATION: State University of New York at Tommaso Oswego, BA and Dowling University of New York, education. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Cookeville. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Make a Wish Foundation, CCWA. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Photography, writer (published poetry and songs in numerous books), articles written in numerous magazines, classic and muscle cars, autocross, rallies, motorcycling, Trail of Tears. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Register of Deeds. CURRENT OCCUPATION: Realtor/Real Estate affiliate broker. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I’d like to ask for your vote for Register of Deeds, the public officer who records documents that establish ownership of real property, such as mortgages and other instruments. I am well-qualified for these duties, having more than 35 years in the building industry, real estate and banking. I have maintained my real estate license and also in the past, my general contractor license. As a contractor and property owner, I have worked with local banks, attorneys and the Register of Deeds office in Putnam and other counties since 1986. I have knowledge of all facets of the office of Register of Deeds. I’ve been proud to live in Cookeville since 1986. I was born in Manhattan, N.Y., and attended Oswego State University, graduating with a BA in 1975. After graduation, I furthered my career by attending Dowling University in New York while teaching trades to support myself. In 1976, I met my wife, Betty Davis, of Cookeville. We married in 1979, started a construction company and eventually moved home to Cookeville in 1986 to raise our family in a community of growth, prosperity and solid values. My career here has included building homes, planning subdivisions and working closely with the private and public sector. My involvement with federal, state and local officials, as well as my knowledge of banking procedures, has given me important skills that I will apply to serving the people of Putnam County. Preventing mortgage fraud and identity theft will be a top priority for me. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy for a criminal to record a fraudulent deed, making it appear as if they own your home. Once this is done, they can use your name as collateral on a mortgage or even attempt to sell your home to an unsuspecting buyer. I will implement a program that will notify you if a document is recorded with your name and you will be given the option to be notified by email or phone. In this age of identity theft, this is a protection the people of our county need. I am a staunch Republican, never wavering from the Republican Party. I am a life-long advocate of conservative philosophy, and have been an active member of the Putnam County Republican Party for many years. I believe in the right to life and the sanctity of marriage. With more than 35 years of experience, I appreciate your vote and your confidence in me. Chancellor NAME: Ron Thurman POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: (931) 526-2105 ADDRESS: 4475 Bear Lake Road, Cookeville, 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife - Tina; sons - Blake Thurman (18), Parker (15). EDUCATION: Graduate of Livingston Academy; BS degree from Tennessee Tech University; JD from University of Memphis Law School. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member and elder at 1st Cumberland Presbyterian Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Has been a member or served in Cookeville Jaycees, crimestoppers, Cookeville Board of Zoning Appeals, adjunct professor at Tennessee Tech University. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Hunting, fishing, snow skiing PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Elected Chancellor in 2006 OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Chancellor of 13th Judicial District CURRENT OCCUPATION: Chancellor of 13th Judicial District WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I was elected in 2006 as Chancellor for the 13th Judicial District upon the promise that I would treat those coming before the court with respect and that all matters coming before the court would be resolved fairly. I have kept that promise. The decisions I have made have been based upon the law. I have kept the integrity of the court and established an arena where attorneys and their clients may be heard and where their matters are resolved with justice. It has been my pleasure and privilege for the last eight years to serve the people of Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam and White counties. Upon re-election I will continue my efforts to make the Chancery Court a place where important and difficult legal matters are honestly and fairly resolved. NAME: J. Lee Burgess POLITICAL PARTY: Republican EDUCATION: Graduated magna cum laude from Tennessee Technological University; graduated in the top third of his law school class at Nashville School of Law. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Chancellor of Burgess the 13th Judicial District CURRENT OCCUPATION: Attorney WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: J. Lee Burgess is a Putnam County native whose ancestors, in return for Revolutionary War service, received a land grant covering much of what is now Putnam and White counties including appropriately Burgess Falls. Mr. Burgess has practiced law in the Upper Cumberland for more than 20 years and has belonged to various bar associations. In what was to become one of the most challenging and successful experiences of his life, Jerry and his son Carl retraced a portion of their ancestors’ path by walking the entire length of the Appalachian Trail - a foot path stretching from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to its terminus in Mt. Katahdin, Maine - a distance of 2,180 miles. He is a Christian, husband, father, grandfather, veteran and only Republican on the Aug. 7, 2014 ballot for Chancellor of the 13th Judicial District, which includes Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam and White counties. Mr. Burgess’ passion is protecting children and seniors, preventing abuse, and bringing respect and decorum to the Chancery courtroom. A few of the cases that the Chancery Court hears involve administration of estates, adoption, arbitration and agreed cases, boundary disputes, change of name, divorce, and probate of wills. Under certain narrow circumstances jury trials area allowed in Chancery Court. The Chancellor appoints the Clerk and Master in each of the seven counties for a term of six years. Please help elect a conservative Republican to this important office. Mr. Burgess asks for your vote and your support in the Aug. 7, 2014 election. Early voting starts July 18, 2014 through Aug. 2, 2014. Poll workers The County Election Commissioners appoint Election Officials for every election. Election Day workers are appointed from the precinct in which they vote. The usual number of workers for a voting precinct is six (6). The positions are Officer, Precinct Registrar, Machine Operator/Judge and Special Judge. If the precinct is large, the number is greater than usual; extra persons for the positions can be appointed except there is only one officer in charge of a voting precinct. The polls are open on Election Day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Depending on the position that you are assigned, workers must be in the precinct one hour or more before the polls open to set the precinct up. We will let you know what time to arrive at your instruction class. All of the workers must stay the entire day and leave together that night. After the polls close at 7 p.m., all the machines are read and recorded. Any paper ballots must be counted and recorded, and the Officer of Election and a precinct worker of a different political party shall return all materials, supplies and voting machines to the Election Commission office. Election workers are required to attend a training school before they can work on Election Day for every election. The Election Commission pays the election worker for attending the school of instruction and for approximately a 12 hour Election Day. Putnam County Election Commission has a trained group of election workers who have been faithful helping with the elections, but we are also always in need of new recruits. There are always people who have conflicts with their schedules that miss an election or two sometimes. A poll worker will need to be a resident and a registered voter in Putnam County. You will need to be available and able to work from 8 a.m. to approximately 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. This entire time is spent at the precinct with lunch breaks scheduled by the precinct officer in charge. We ask you to bring a bag lunch with you unless your precinct is one that shares a “covered dish” and takes turns at lunch breaks. A 17-year-old student, even though they are not a registered voter, may serve as a poll worker in Tennessee. If you would like to do this, you may complete an application form. You must also have two teachers recommend you to our office to serve as a poll worker. HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, July 13, 2014 — A5 ★★★ Election 2014 COUNT Y GENERAL Circuit Court Judge, Part I Hollars NAME: Amy V. Hollars POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: (931) 823-6453 ADDRESS: 106 Daughtery St., Livingston, 38570 FAMILY MEMBERS: Husband of 25 years - James (JJ) Hollars; children - Peter (16), Caroline (14), Aubrey (12). EDUCATION: University of the South, B.A. in English (1988); Vanderbilt University, M.A. in English (1992); University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D. (1995) CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: First Christian Church of Livingston; chancel choir, elder, former Moderator of Church Board, worship committee chair, and Sunday school teacher for primary class. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Basketball and football boosters for Livingston Academy and Livingston Middle School; Overton County Exchange Club; Livingston Civic and Garden Club; Overton Bar Association, 2002-present; Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, board of directors (2002-2008). HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Reading, cooking, gardening, choral music; following our children’s sports teams HONORS/AWARDS: Valedictorian, University of the South, Class of 1988; Robert W. Green Scholar, University of Tennessee College of Law (1992-95); Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Academic Achievement (University of Tennessee College of Law, 1995); Order of the Coif; Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law, Inaugural Class (2004); Tennessee Lawyer’s Association for Women: Director at Large for Middle Tennessee (2006-2008), President (2009-10); Nominated for Middle Section of Tennessee Court of Appeals (June 2007 and October 2007); Tennessee Bar Foundation (Fellow, 2009-present). PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: In October of 2008, I was appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen as Special Circuit Judge for Circuit Court, Part I, 13th Judicial District. This was an interim appointment with the same responsibilities as the position of Circuit Judge. I was appointed Circuit Judge by Governor Bredesen in June of 2009. Thereafter, I stood for election in the next regular election in 2010 and was elected without opposition. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Circuit Judge, Part I, 13th Judicial District CURRENT OCCUPATION: Circuit Judge, Part I, 13th Judicial District WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: The office of Circuit Court Judge is a position of public trust. In performing the duties of the office, I always try to honor that trust. Every litigant in every case deserves a fair and impartial judge, a judge who listens carefully, studies the law, and applies the law faithfully to the facts of the case. The dispute involving a small amount of money or a routine question of law demands of the judge the same attention and diligence as the more complex, high-profile case. In each case, I try to reach the correct decision under the law and the facts; however, “judging” is not just an abstract, intellectual exercise. Individuals and businesses with real problems access the courts to resolve their disputes and secure their rights under the law. Because I know that my decisions may have serious and sometimes painful consequences for the parties, I feel a special obligation to “get it right.” I also believe that it is important to render decisions promptly and to explain the factual and legal bases for the ruling. It is important that participants in the legal process feel that our system of justice is not arbitrary and that they have been afforded a fair hearing, even if they are dissatisfied with the result. In performing the job of Circuit Judge, I always strive to treat the litigants, witnesses, attorneys, jurors, and court personnel with respect and courtesy. There are times when the job calls for sternness and severity. More often, however, the job requires patience and the inclination to really listen to what the people have to say. Fairness, diligence, and respect...these are my guiding principles as your Circuit Court Judge. I now stand for reelection, seeking the support and the votes of the citizens of Putnam County and the 13th Judicial District. Circuit Court Judge, Part II NAME: Randall A. York POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: (931) 528-5015 ADDRESS: 625 Taylors Chapel Road, Crossville, 38572 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife - Judy D. York; son Jonathan D. York; daughter - Anna R. York. Three Labrador retrievers and a cat. York EDUCATION: White County High School (1974); Middle TN State University - BS in Political Science, History and a minor in Secondary Education (1978); Doctor of Jurisprudence, Nashville School of Law (1982). CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Homesteads Baptist Church, Crossville. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: I was chairman of the board of the Bread of Life for two years and resigned due to my appointment as District Attorney General. The Bread of Life is a Christian homeless shelter in Crossville. Previous to my appointment as District Attorney, I was on the board of directors of the Cumberland County Playhouse and the board of directors for the Tennessee Criminal Defense lawyers. I am currently on the Board of Governors of the Tennessee Bar Association where I have been involved in the mentoring program for young and new lawyers, and I am on the Federal Task Force on Human Trafficking. I served on the Executive Council for the Tennessee District Attorney General’s Conference. I am on State Committee to evaluate and implement a program to take our court system digital. Further, I was appointed by the governor and served on the Tennessee Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee. I have also been involved in the formation of the Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center in Cookeville and the 13th Judicial District Regional Adult Drug Court. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: My wife and I have been Sunday school teachers for 17 years. I enjoy spending time at my farm, working with my dogs and woodworking. However, my primary interest is spending time with my family. HONORS/AWARDS: I have received the Everyday Hero award from the Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Center and I received the Champion of Children award from the Court Appointed Special Advocate Association of Tennessee (CASA of Tennessee), both of which were for my work as District Attorney General and advancing the law in the areas of child abuse and neglect and judicial forfeitures. I am only the second person eve to receive this award from CASA of Tennessee. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: I am currently the District Attorney General for the 13th Judicial District of Tennessee. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 13th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge, Part II. CURRENT OCCUPATION: District Attorney General for the 13th Judicial District of Tennessee. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: The office of Circuit Court Judge is a court of general jurisdiction. This judgeship has jurisdiction over many types of cases including cases involving personal injuries, workers compensation, will contests, land and road lawsuits, domestic relations disputes, medical malpractice, condemnation, and criminal cases. These are serious cases and the person who is elected to this position should have experience in all of these areas, as well as the areas of mediation. Prior to my appointment as District Attorney General, I was in private practice for 26 years. I have tried jury and nonjury trials in all of these areas and I have been involved in judicial mediations in many, many cases. I have tried many serious cases including medical malpractice, murder cases, products’ liability cases. I have been appointed to sit as a special judge on several cases throughout the years in general sessions cases. Simply put, experience matters and is important. I have the experience. If elected, I promise to be well informed on the law, to apply the law fairly and impartially and to be the best judge I can be. I have worked hard to improve our court system and I would continue to strive to improve our system of justice. I would ask for your vote in the August elections. Criminal Court Judge Part I NAME: Gary McKenzie POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 239-6043 ADDRESS: 1353 West Cemetery Rd, Cookevile, 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife - Amy; children Sammy (12), Brooke (10), Ira (5). McKenzie EDUCATION: U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Va. Military Legal Training; U.S. Army officer leadership training at Fort Benning, Ga., Officer Basic Training; The University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law, Juris Doctor, May 2000; Tennessee Tech University Bachelor of Science, Sociology/Criminal Justice, May 1997. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Life Church in Cookeville CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Serves on the Advisory Board for the Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Center; Chairman of the Foundation Board for the Cookeville Sunset Rotary Club; serves on the board of directors for the Cookeville Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Running, coaching daughters in basketball, Putnam County Youth Basketball League. HONORS/AWARDS: Award the Meritorious Service Medal for his service in Iraq. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: None OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Criminal Court Judge Part 1 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Deputy District Attorney General for the 13th Judicial District and JAG Officer for the Tennessee National Guard. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: As a voter, the decision to choose who will be your next Criminal Court Judge is an extremely important one. This is a position that will deal exclusively with criminal cases. I believe a judge must be diligent, have integrity and be respectful. A judge must also have the professional competence and experience needed for this esteemed position. I have devoted my career to the practice of criminal law. I have been a prosecutor with the district attorney’s office for nearly 14 years. During that time I have handled every type of criminal case and I have been the lead attorney on more than a hundred criminal court trials. I have had the honor of representing the State of Tennessee and seeking justice under the laws of our state, while respecting the constitutional rights guaranteed to the accused. As a prosecutor, I have been able to assist many families who find themselves in sometimes tragic situations as victims of crime. I help to navigate them through our complicated judicial system. I have stood in a court room arguing on the behalf of a murder victim and I have felt the tremendous weight on my shoulders from the decisions I have to make. My career has been in service to others and I will continue that service if selected to be your Criminal Court Judge. I am a Judge Advocate General officer (JAG) with the Tennessee Army National Guard and I completed a deployment to Iraq with the 194th Engineer Brigade in 2009-2010. I currently serve at Joint Forces Headquarters in Nashville, with the Trial Defense Services. It is with this extensive experience that I believe I am now ready for the responsibility of being your next Criminal Court Judge. I would ask that you check qualifications of each candidate for Criminal Court Judge. You can learn more about me by going to my website www.mckenzie4judge.com. You may also contact me anytime by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. NAME: William Fred Roberson, Jr. POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: (931) 526-5060 ADDRESS: 320 East Broad St., Cookeville, 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Parents - Bill and Judy Roberson Roberson; brother - Wes Roberson EDUCATION: University of Tennessee College of Law, 1995, J.D.; Transylvania University, 1992, B.A. emphasis in Finance; Cookeville High School, 1988, diploma. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: First United Methodist Church, Cookeville CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Chairman, Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board; past board member of CityScape; board of directors Swift Museum Foundation. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Active pilot, scuba diver, bicyclist, ATV enthusiast, cattle farmer OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Criminal Court Judge, Part I CURRENT OCCUPATION: Attorney WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: My interest in the judiciary began early in life. At about age 6, I frequently intercepted Judge John Bryan as he walked home after court and on breaks. He and his lovely wife, Tis, lived two doors down on East Broad Street which made him an easy and willing target for my questions. Operating with my geographical restrictions (about 100 feet), I asked him what had happened at the courthouse each day. I remember that he very kindly answered most of my questions. Looking back now, I suspect those early chats influenced me to a great degree in pursuing a legal career. Of course, Capshaw School’s field trip to the big courtroom upstairs in the old courthouse cemented my interest and provided a visual to go along with his stories. In high school and college, I discovered that courtrooms were open to the public and that they were a great place to watch and learn. I often observed Judge Leon Burns or one of the other judges at work: Maddux, Neal, Turnbull, Hudson, Griffith or Goolsby. I have always enjoyed the sense of order and decorum of the courtroom. The year the Putnam County Justice Center was built (1992), I began my studies at the UT Law School, Knoxville. After graduating in 1995, I came home to Cookeville to practice. My first office was a quiet corner in the back of our family department store. It’s very humbling to be a young lawyer striking out on your own and I was thrilled to receive a job offer from the district attorney’s office. All young lawyers appreciate a steady paycheck. My time there provided an accelerated lesson in trial practice and the experience came quickly. Hired thereafter by attorney Don Dickerson, I broadened my horizons to include civil practice. I struck out on my own again in 2000 and have been engaged in my own private practice since that time. I have more than 18 years of experience as a practicing attorney. That is more years in the courtroom than any other candidate vying for Criminal Court Judge, Part I. I care deeply about how the criminal court functions, and the role that it plays in the daily lives of the citizens of the district. I believe in our judicial system, and want to make it even better. I humbly and respectfully ask for your vote. NAME: Jonathan Young POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 525-3366 ADDRESS: 100 South Jefferson Ave., Cookeville, 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife - Brooke Young; parents - Homer and Pat Young of Monterey Young EDUCATION: Monterey High School; A.D. in Criminal Justice and B.S. in Political Science from Tennessee Tech University; J.D. from University of Memphis School of Law. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Chairman of the Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Center, Habitat for Humanity, former member of Monterey Downtown, Inc., past president of the Putnam County Bar Association, member of the Tennessee Bar Association (former young lawyer representative), Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity and Upper Cumberland Trial Lawyers Association member. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Fishing, shooting, woodworking, Civil War and Constitutional history, reading, landscaping, spending time with my wife and dog, Oliver. HONORS/AWARDS: Dean’s Award for academic excellence, Who’s Who Among American Law Students (University of Memphis), Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (Tennessee Tech University). PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: None OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Circuit Court Judge Part II CURRENT OCCUPATION: Partner at the law offices of Cameron and Young. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I have never been very active in politics but have decided with the advice of friends and family that I have stayed on the sidelines long enough. I hope to bring to this office the conservative, Christian values that we hold so dear in the Upper Cumberland. These values are the ones that I learned growing up in Monterey. I have helped my clients in almost every role I can as an attorney. Now, I want to try to continue to give back to the community in the role of judge. I have learned the law and have the experience and respect from the other members of the bar to make the tough decisions. I have handled or assisted in virtually every case that came before the circuit court and have devoted my career to represent the good, honest hardworking people of the Upper Cumberland. I have worked hard for everything that I have achieved in my life and will continue to work hard to maintain the dignity of the courtroom that the public deserves. However, I am humble enough to know that I will not be perfect. I can only promise everyone that I will be fair and impartial in rendering decisions based on the evidence placed before me and the laws and Constitutions of the State of Tennessee and the United States. I think my reputation and character speak for themselves. I will put aside my personal prejudices, personality, and partisan beliefs to render a verdict that is fair and in accordance with the law. I am willing to give everyone his or her day in court by listening to both sides in a calm and courteous manner. I am ready to conquer this new goal in my life and would greatly appreciate your vote in August. I would hope that you would vote for me because I am the best candidate with the best experience for the job. Criminal Court Judge, Part II NAME: David A. Patterson POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 525-1699 ADDRESS: 321 E. Spring St., Cookeville, 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Married for 40 years to Bobbie and have two children, Nate and Andrea. We were blessed with the birth of our grandson, Henry, in JanuPatterson ary. EDUCATION: Received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in 1970. Received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree in 1989. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Bible study leader. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Adjunct professor at Tennessee Tech University, participate in the Boys State programs, participate in the Leadership Putnam and Leadership Overton programs, mentor for law students from various law schools. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Fishing and bowling. HONORS/AWARDS: World’s Best Dad. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Putnam County Youth Services Officer from 1983 through 1989; chief assistant district attorney from 1990 through 2006. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 13th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge, Part II CURRENT OCCUPATION: 13th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge, Part II WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I have a proven record of 30 years of service to this community and the people of the 13th Judicial District. Since being elected to the position I now hold as Criminal Court Judge, I have provided an efficient, fair, and just court process. Jurors, attorneys, defendants, witnesses and victims of crime are treated with respect. My decisions have withstood appellate review. Upon re-election, I will continue to care for this community to the best of my ability. A6 — HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, July 13, 2014 ★★★ Election 2014 COUNT Y GENERAL General Sessions Judge Part I NAME: Steve Qualls POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 526-5594 ADDRESS: 410 Concord Drive, Cookeville, 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife - Beth Crosier Qualls; son - Josh; daughter - Emily. Qualls EDUCATION: BS Business Management, TTU and Doctor of Jurisprudence, Nashville School of Law. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Deacon, Willow Avenue Church of Christ. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: TBI Citizens Academy, Cookeville Fire Department Academy, annual Boys State speaker. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Hiking, travel, reading and Titans football. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Cookeville vice mayor, 2002-2006, Cookeville Regional Medical Center Trustee, 2007-2012. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: General Sessions Judge, Part I CURRENT OCCUPATION: Attorney and Monterey Municipal Judge WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Sometimes new leadership after many years is a good thing. Fortunately, Putnam County will see some real changes in this election year and I represent that change as the Republican candidate for General Sessions Judge, Part I. I am a judge that presides in a firm, fair, consistent and respectful manner. Judicial elections are for 8-year terms and I feel like I have waited patiently for my time. I have prepared for this position for many years and most importantly, I am experienced. I have served as the Monterey Municipal Judge for the last seven years and I have been a practicing attorney for the last 18 years. I have practiced mainly in the areas of probate law, family law and civil litigation. There are the types of cases primarily heard in General Sessions Court, Part I. I have also served my community. I was elected vice mayor of the City of Cookeville in 2002 where I served until 2006. I then served on the Cookeville Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees from 2007 until 2012. I am a life-long resident of Putnam County and I have countless family members who make Putnam County their home. I have been married to my wife Beth Crosier Qualls for 24 years and we have two children, Josh and Emily. We are members of the Willow Avenue Church of Christ where I serve as deacon. If you want to learn more about me or my campaign you can visit or message me on Facebook or go to www.quallsforjudge.com. I would be happy to answer any of your questions about my qualifications. I am humbly asking for your support and vote in the general election on August 7. NAME: Nolan Goolsby POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: (931) 528-5542 ADDRESS: 353 Nash Avenue, Cookeville, 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife of 43 years - Carol Clinton Goolsby; Amy Goolsby James, daughter, and grandson, Jake James (6) of Hermitage; and, Megan Goolsby Monroe, daughter, and son-in-law, Rick Monroe, of DenGoolsby ver, Colo. EDUCATION: Graduate of Putnam County Senior High School; Tennessee Technological University with a degree in Business Administration; and Nashville School of Law with a degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Deacon and member of the board of trustees for First Baptist Church of Cookeville; adult Sunday school teacher; youth leader. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Long-time member of the Cookeville Noon Day Lions Club; Putnam County Chamber of Commerce; mock trial facilitator at American Legion Boys State; and volunteer at 2013 Blue Cross Bowl football championships. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Golf and yard work at home HONORS/AWARDS: Appointment by Governor Bill Haslam to serve on the Three Branches Institute and 2013 recipient of the McCain-Abernathy Award bestowed by the Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: First appointed by the Putnam County Commission and then elected in 1996 as Putnam County General Sessions Judge, Part I; and county attorney for Putnam County from 1993-1996. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: General Sessions Judge, Part I CURRENT OCCUPATION: General Sessions Judge, Part I for Putnam County WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: It has been a privilege and honor for me to serve the citizens of Putnam County as their General Sessions Judge, Part I for the past 18 years. The office has jurisdiction (authority) to hear criminal, civil, domestic, probate, mental health, and juvenile cases. I have done my utmost to treat every person coming into the judicial system respectfully, fairly, and with impartiality. My track record is well established over the years after ruling in thousands of legal matters. I believe my judicial reputation is one of being strong, decisive, tough, and fair. I have received many legal honors over my 34 year legal career. More recently being one of seven judges from across the state appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to serve on the Three Branches Institute which is an initiative of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services to strengthen the state’s child protection and juvenile justice systems and being awarded the McCain-Abernathy Memorial award recipient for 2013 bestowed annually by the Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges to a judge who has demonstrated outstanding service dedicated to the improvement of juvenile justice in Tennessee for the benefit of the children and families served by the state’s courts. The rule of law should apply equally to all people without bias or prejudice. Partisan politics, in my opinion, have no place in our judicial system, meaning a judge’s personal and political beliefs should have absolutely no effect in the rulings he or she makes. I feel there is a great reward and satisfaction in public service especially in the position of judge. Helping people to resolve their legal disputes and problems is a very difficult task particularly when dealing with children and families. I believe my years of judicial experience, training, and temperament makes me the most qualified candidate for the office of General Sessions Judge, Part I. I sincerely ask and will appreciate your vote to reelect me so that I may continue to serve the people of this great county and state. General Sessions Judge Part II NAME: John Hudson POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: (931) 528-5541 ADDRESS: 470 Jamestown Rd., Cookeville, 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife of 43 years Elizabeth Stockton Hudson; children - Laurel Hudson Hudson of Nashville, Matthew Hudson and wife Julie of Lancing, TN; grandchildren - Maeve (4), Henry (2). EDUCATION: B.S. from Tennessee Tech; J.D. from U.T. College of Law CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member of Willow Avenue Church of Christ HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Gardening/landscaping, carving, bicycling PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Regional Counsel for Tennessee Department of Human Services, Assistant District Attorney General OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: General Sessions Judge, Part II CURRENT OCCUPATION: General Sessions Judge, Part II WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: For a number of years the citizens of this county have allowed me to serve as General Sessions Judge. I have done my best to uphold the confidence placed in me with integrity to apply the law fairly and consistently to those who have appeared before me regardless of their station in life. As a judge of this state, I am required to uphold its laws, whether I agree with them or not. My goal is to do so to the best of my ability, while recognizing that good decisions, be they judicial or otherwise, require common sense. Judicial statistics reflect that perhaps with the exception of city traffic courts, when the citizens of Tennessee have formal interaction with the judicial system, nine times out of 10 it will be General Sessions Court. I wish there was some way that the experience could always be positive. Unfortunately, every time a decision is rendered, one or more of the parties involved will probably have a reason to be displeased. Even though the losing paty may be unhappy with the decision, one of the most important roles that I can fulfill as judge is to ensure that he/she felt comfortable with the process, had an opportunity to admit evidence, call witnesses in support, cross-examine witnesses for the opposing side, and address the court as to the merits of the case. I am fortunate that I do not have an opponent in the primary or general elections this year. I, none-the-less, ask for your support and your vote. Thank you for the opportunity you have given me to serve you. It has been an honor. City Council NAME: Connie Albrecht PHONE NUMBER: 931-526-1317 ADDRESS: 1560 Country Club Place, Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Joe Albrecht (husband of 44 years); Jay Albrecht (son) Albrecht EDUCATION: Earned high school diploma from Iola (Kan.) High School; attended Allen County Community Junior College (Iola, Kan.) CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Long-time member of First United Methodist Church in Cookeville; activities include past church council recording secretary and past team leader for Jere Whitson AdoptA-School committee. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Extensive history of volunteerism, including service to the Tennessee Library Association (past Friends/Trustees Section Chair), Tennessee State Library and Archives Friends Steering Committee (Bylaws Committee Chair), Tennessee Press Association (member), TSSAA football championships (volunteer), Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce (member and former golf committee chair), Friends of Tennessee Libraries (member, membership chair, past president), Upper Cumberland Regional Library Board (former chair), Putnam County Library Board (former member, former vice chair, former chair), Putnam County Library Friends (treasurer and former steering committee chair), Leadership Putnam Class of 1995 (graduate), Leadership Putnam Alumni Association (member and past president), Putnam County 911 Board (former member), Putnam County Enhanced 911 Steering Committee (former chair), United Way of Putnam County (former drive chair and former board chair), Federated League of Women (co-founder and past president), Cookeville Junior Women’s Club (former member), Putnam County YMCA (former board member), Putnam County Habitat for Humanity Advisory Board (member), Joint Economic and Community Development Board (member). HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Reading, literacy, golf, traveling, antiques, crochet HONORS/AWARDS: Numerous recognition of service awards; awarded certificates for completing Levels I & II of the Elected Officials Academy by the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Current Cookeville city council member (2010-present) OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Cookeville city council CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: When I was elected to the Cookeville city council four years ago, I set out with one specific goal in mind and three key areas of concern. The goal was to always do what’s in the best interest of Cookeville as a whole, no matter what. I think I’ve done that with every vote! The key areas of concern were, and still are, jobs, quality of life and accountability. We, as a council, have addressed each of those issues during the previous four years. I have proudly supported efforts to complete the Highlands Business Park which WILL help to bring new, quality jobs to this community. I have also listened to and acted upon existing business owners’ concerns about how the city can help them succeed in retaining more jobs. I have championed efforts to keep our taxes low, such as the more efficient new public works facility and the Cookeville Unplugged energy conservation program. And I’m extremely thankful for Dogwood Park, especially as I see dozens of children and adults alike enjoying the grounds with outdoor activity. Cookeville offers a great quality of life. As for being accountable, I have listened to your concerns, attended countless meetings, sought out varying opinions and maintained an open ear for each of you. Now I’m asking for your vote and another four years to continue the progress. There’s still much to be done and I am committed to seeing it through with your support. I have learned a lot, I have gathered information from you, and, if reelected, I am prepared to help make more good things happen for Cookeville in the next four years! NAME: Anna Ruth Burroughs PHONE NUMBER: 931-526-3023 ADDRESS: 1650 Iris Ave. Cookeville, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Daughter Kim (Cur) Cooper, Kevin (Robin) Burroughs, three grandchildren, Amanda, Ryan, Hunter; one great grandson, Brayden. Burroughs CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: On several committees on the county commission, including planning, solid waste, beer board, member of Cookeville Eastern Star for 38 years, at present associate conductress. Board member of Tennessee Federal Credit Union. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Travel, dancing, Bingo, going out with my friends, shopping. HONORS/AWARDS: It has been an honor to be a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. It is the greatest honor and award to have been these things! PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Current Putnam County commissioner OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Cookeville City council CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: At the end of August, I will have 20 years on the county commission. I will study each issue and try to make the best possible decision that would serve the city of Cookeville and Putnam County. I feel my record speaks for itself, and I will work hard and serve the people. It would be a pleasure and honor to be on the Cookeville City Council. I am asking that my family, friends, neighbors and citizens of Cookeville to give me the opportunity to make this come true. Early voting July 18 –Aug 2. Vote and make it count. The election is Aug. 7. NAME: Larry A. Epps PHONE NUMBER: 931-526-9571 (#1), 931-2606163 (C) ADDRESS: 709 Russell Springs Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife – Tracy, daughter – Caitlyn, son – Zack Epps EDUCATION: BS – Biology/Chemistry, BSN – Nursing, MS – Anesthesia ( Baker University, Kansas University, and KUMC respectively) CRNA – Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist – KUMC CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: FUMC Cookeville/Sunday school leader/lay leader/youth leader/Stephens minister/Disciple study series leader CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Death at Dawn conditioning boot camp for HS athletes and adults – leader/chief runner (4 yrs). Jere Whitson elementary school “run-a-mile” fitness program. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Running — marathons (42 and counting)/triathlons/fitness/travel/reading/hiking/boating PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: County commissioner District 1 (1997-2010) – chairing various committees, vice mayor Cookeville 2010-2014 OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Cookeville City Council CURRENT OCCUPATION: Nurse Anesthetist — CRMC, Upper Cumberland Anesthesia Associates WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I’ll try to keep this short without a lot of the standard cliché’s you’ve been reading/listening to for so long. Simply put, I should be elected because Cookeville is my home and you are my neighbor. Tracy and I came here 27 years ago and were accepted with love and open arms. Our grown children exhibit the same openness and loving spirit that Cookeville naturally comes by. If elected you won’t get any political ideology and/or grandstanding. I will make decisions based on what is best for this place we call home, in a financially responsible but genuinely concerned way. Thank you for your trust these past four years as your vice mayor. It has been an honor to serve you. I hope you will see fit to re-elect me to your city council. NAME: Dwight Henry PHONE NUMBER: 931-265-5883 ADDRESS: 570 State Street, Cookeville, TN 38501 (residence) P. O. Box 1405, Cookeville, TN 38503 (mail) FAMILY MEMBERS: Daughters — Brittany Henry Kylene Henry, New York City, New York and Candi Henry, Nashville, TN EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts, History, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville; Master’s of Ministry, Crown College, Knoxville. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Living Hope Church, Cookeville, director, Life School and Bible Institute at Living Hope Church in Cookeville, teacher in Sunday school since the age of 22, former pastor, Faith Chapel Church in Buffalo Valley. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Board of directors, Cookeville Senior Center; board member, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); board member, Tennessee Technological University’s Friends of the Library; member, Cookeville Kiwanis Club; former chairman, Putnam County United Way; member, Cookeville/Putnam County Chamber of Commerce; Cookeville Citizens Police Academy, Cookeville Citizens Fire Academy, Leadership Putnam HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Ministry, radio, and politics, host, morning radio talk show “The Morning Mayor” on News Talk 1400 — WHUB, with emphasis on local issues, people, and activities, former announcer of Tennessee Technological University football and basketball for local public television station WCTE. HONORS AND AWARDS: Caring Heart Award, Tennessee Alzheimer’s; Republican nominee for governor of Tennessee in 1990; Distinguished Alumni Award, Tennessee Technological University; former president, Tennessee Technological University International Alumni Association; past chairman, Putnam County United Way; past chairman, Putnam County Republican Party; elected Associated Student Body President at Tennessee Technological University; appointed by the governor as the first student to sit on the Tennessee State Board of Regents. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Mayor of Cookeville, member, Cookeville City Council, state Representative, Tennessee Legislature OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Cookeville city council CURRENT OCCUPATION: Chaplain, Avalon Hospice and Life House Residential Hospice WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Upon arriving in Cookeville as a student at Tennessee Technological University in the early 1970s, I assumed that I would graduate and return home. However, Cookeville became, and continues to be, home. I state unashamedly that I love this community and desire to be a part of her leadership team. My past community involvement in business, church, civic and public service activities allows me to offer valuable experience, and it illustrates my commitment to continue to make ours a great town in which to live, work, play, raise a family and retire. In short, I offer our community seasoned leadership, a proven heart for citizens and families, experience in local government, and vision for community development. I am asking for your prayers, support, influence, and vote. Together we can move Cookeville forward into a better future. For election information, visit the Putnam County Election Commission website at www.putnamco.org/election HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, July 13, 2014 — A7 ★★★ Election 2014 COUNT Y GENERAL City Council NAME: J. Mark Hutchins PHONE: 931-239-7004 ADDRESS: 170 Speck Road, Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Daughters Jan Kathryn Hutchins (19) and Claudia McCabe Hutchins (16) EDUCATION: Bachelor’s in Business and Master’s Hutchins in Organizational Psychology (Human Relations and Supervision), Louisiana Tech University CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: First United Methodist Church, Cookeville CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Elected member of the City of Cookeville Public Building Authority, member of the Cookeville/Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Community Appearance Committee, chair of the marketing committee for TSSAA Local Steering Committee 2008 – present; chair of the Putnam County Director of Schools Search Advisory Committee, Habitat for Humanity board of directors, 2008 – 2014; First United Methodist Church – Cookeville (finance committee, present; stewardship chairman), coach of the Highland’s Crush Fastpitch Softball Organization, Cookeville Girl’s Youth Softball Association coach, Cookeville Girl’s Youth Softball Association board of directors, 2007 – 2010, volunteer, WCTE Great TV Auction, Cookeville Rotary Club, 2006 – present HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Coaching fastpitch softball, golf, hunting, fishing, travel, music HONORS/AWARDS: Held the designation of certified Fund Raising Executive since 1995 OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Cookeville City Council CURRENT OCCUPATION: Self employed WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I have more than 25 years of experience with multimillion dollar organizations that focus on preparing people for jobs; advocating economic development in local communities; managing capital projects including street, building and utility construction and maintenance; operating quality human resource systems; servicing large technology infrastructures; providing recreational activities; promoting the arts; providing health services; supplying housing and food services; creating and administering policies and procedures; and advancing the quality of life of those they serve. I believe that Cookeville is at an incredible point in its history with significant potential for progressing as a leading micropolitan area in Tennessee and the Southeast. Because of this I believe my experience has prepared me to serve my community and the citizens through decision making and governance in a fair and strategic manner and to support the city’s administration and staff as they tackle the challenges and opportunities Cookeville will face over the next few years. As a community, we will have to focus on maintaining the city’s infrastructure in a way that not only continues and increases service but that also prepares for future growth, prepare for opportunities that will provide more and better jobs for the citizens of Cookeville, and continue the tradition of quality health care for the region, all while being fiscally responsible and continuing to promote and enhance the beauty and community pride that Cookeville is already known for. NAME: Boyd G. Kline PHONE NUMBER: 931-319-7376 ADDRESS: 736 Breeding Ave Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Levena Eubank Kline EDUCATION: High school and attended Gannon University CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: I have atKline tended Christ’s Community Church and involved in many of their activities CIVIC/ COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Church family HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Restoration of old houses, traveling, family functions, farming OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: City council CURRENT OCCUPATION: Restoration of old houses WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I am making myself available to represent the citizens of Cookeville, especially tax payers. I will be open and fair minded with our citizens, with transparency provided at a high level. I want to be part of a city council that deals with all citizens on a fair and equal basis. I would try my very best to make sure this is accomplished for our citizens. I have attended almost all of the city council meetings since February. I feel the council should make every effort possible to answer citizen’s questions with truth and integrity. I believe all annexations should have a high level of transparency before monies are spent on any initative where the tax payers are involved. We’re not sure if Victor is coming into the 252 acre parcel with a potential of 500 jobs. I maintain we not spend one more dime of taxpayer’s monies until we are sure of the jobs. We need the 500 jobs and it would certainly support the Highland Rim Initiative where we have spent in excess of $45,000,000. Small companies may start up in this initiative should Victor come in. A referendum should be in order to come before the voters before we spend additional taxpayer’s monies on Victor. Our democracy would flourish better if we could vote on outcomes, particularly when spending large amounts of monies are being considered. I believe some councilmen and women have reasons to be on the city council for their personal gain and should recuse themselves from voting on any issues where they may have a conflict. I believe a city council member’s GOAL should be for the very best interest for Cookeville without even an appearance of a conflict. I would also use caution on the side of appointments being made at city council meetings and whether those serve for the very best interest for Cookeville. My personal experiences with the present city administration has allowed me to realize that some people are getting special concessions on their variances on zoning approvals. (example: 7th and Willow). I don’t believe houses should be torn down under condemnation for zoning ambitions under the present 60 day appeal process. This practice is executed by city officials who have the power to aggressively shift zoning requirements to accommodate developers and the city’s goals. I would hope to change those concepts into a much fairer approach for all citizens and owners of properties in Cookeville. NAME: Adam Moran PHONE NUMBER: 931-544-2762 ADDRESS: 620 Julia Drive, Cookeville Tennessee 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Andrea Moran; Expecting baby boy in October 2014 Moran EDUCATION: B.A. in Asian Studies, University of the South Church member or activities CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Noon Day Rotary Club; Cookeville Depot Museum board member HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Hiking, running, camping, music HONORS/AWARDS: Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: None OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Cookeville City Council CURRENT OCCUPATION: Asian export sales manager, Hermitage Hardwood Lumber Sales WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: As a native of Cookeville, I have personally witnessed the positive growth and changes we have experienced over the last decade. I want to help continue our growth in a responsible and well-managed way, and to make sure all of our concerns are heard. It is important for Cookeville to have strong leadership that is willing to cooperate with the county and other city departments toward common goals without compromising its own needs, and I believe I can be that leader. I hope to encourage more active participation from the community in all areas of Cookeville development. My experience in business, participation in community service, and enjoyment of local activities provides me with a solid foundation to make the right decisions for our community. Together we can continue to build a better future for all the citizens of Cookeville. NAME: Ricky Shelton PHONE NUMBER: 931-520-1500 ADDRESS: 725 Contraband Lane, Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: wife Shannon, children SaraBeth (22), Logan (19), Ben (18), Reagan (16), and Sofia and Mia (8) Shelton EDUCATION: Graduated from Cookeville High School, graduated with a B.S. Business Administration — Marketing from Tennessee Tech University. CHURCH MEMBER OF ACTIVITIES: Cookeville Life Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Cookoff judging chair, CityScape board, sports council board, TSSAA steering committee, president/treasurer CHS Baseball boosters, Leadership Putnam, Citizens Police and Fire Academy, youth baseball and basketball coach HOBBIES/INTERESTS: UT football, shooting, swimming and landscaping. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Cookeville city council, two terms 2002-2010. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Cookeville city council CURRENT OCCUPATION: Diabetes sales specialist, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Cookeville is my home — I was born, raised, and have lived here all my life. I graduated from Cookeville High School and TTU. I’ve been a small business owner and actively involved in our community serving on many boards, organizations, and coaching youth sports. I care about the future of Cookeville in development, education, growth and integrity of the values that our community possesses. I know firsthand what growing up in a small town environment has to offer — but also realize how development and growth in our community can benefit its citizens. I want Cookeville to grow and prosper yet help to maintain its unique small town feel. I served before and want to serve again because I love the City of Cookeville. I care for its people and its future. In my desire to give back to this wonderful city that has given me and my family so much, I have chosen to run for Cookeville city council. My platform is simple; fiscal responsibility, responsible growth, and new leadership. I pledge to you that every decision I make as a representative of the people will be based on the principles of limited government, lower taxes, more money in the hands of our taxpayers, and the promotion of free enterprise through the private sector, not the government. It was an honor and privilege to serve as councilman from 2002 to 2010. I worked hard then to earn your trust and move our city forward by sponsoring/supporting things such as... Jobs - Locating SunTrust Call Center —340 jobs - Locating Oreck mfg — 200 jobs - Optioning of the 160 acres which is to become Highlands Business Park - Served on the Joint Economic and Community Development Board Public Safety - Landmark METH ordinance which was later adopted statewide - Ordinance that blocked/prevented a proposed methadone clinic - Completion of a new police substation on S. Jefferson - Voted against proposed traffic cameras at city intersections - Founding Board member of CrimeStoppers Infrastructure - Expansion of Cookeville Regional Medical Center - Purchase and expansion of Dogwood Park including commissioning the design of the interactive central water fountain. - Building of the soccer complex - Building of the Cane Creek Gymnasium - Expansion of Cane Creek Sportsplex youth fields - Locating and expanding the Cookeville History Museum - Funding of lighting on the interstate and all exits on I-40 and Hwy. 111 - Funding for citywide automated trash collection I humbly ask for your vote and support on Aug. 7 to once again bring experience, leadership, accountability, and results to city hall...because I am committed to Cookeville. NAME: Charles T. Womack PHONE NUMBER: (931) 526-7608 ADDRESS: 859 Loweland Rd, Cookeville FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife: Sally, four children: Daniel (Wendi Presley), Nancy (Steve Politi), David (Lane Coffey) and John. four grandchildren: Zachary Womack and Zoe Womack and Julian and Sara Beth Politi. EDUCATION (PLEASE LIST ALL DEGREES EARNED): B.A. – Vanderbilt University, M.D. – Tulane University School of Medicine, Urology residency at LSU — Shreveport, board certified in Urology: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, short term medical missions to Ecuador with Episcopal Church, to Venezuela with First United Methodist Church, and to Ghana with Cookeville Noon Rotary and Church of Christ CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Cookeville Noon Rotary Club, member 1976 — present, president 1991-1992. Putnam County Library Board, 1992-1998. Scouting, earned Eagle and Silver Award as a youth, executive board of Middle Tennessee Council, chairman of Upper Cumberland District. Organized “Quit 4 Life” at CRMC, Chairman of board of directors. Upper Cumberland Anti-Tobacco Coalition, president. Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation Board, 1998-present, chairman. Friends of Cummins Falls State Park, Board. Putnam County 911 board 1998-2006. Carmen Burnette CPR Education Fund Board, 2012-present. Nashville and Eastern Railroad Authority, 1998-present. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Hiking in the Upper Cumberland, kayaking on our rivers and lakes, reading U.S. history, auditing courses at TTU. HONORS/AWARDS: Putnam County Volunteer of the Year — 1993. Tennessee Medical Association Distinguished Service award – 1993. Fred Roberson award from CRMC- 2005, PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: City council 1998-2002 - Mayor. City Council 2002-2006 - Mayor. Cookeville Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, 1995-1997, 1998-2006. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Cookeville city council CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired from medical practice — July 2013 WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I am a single issue candidate and that issue is improving the quality of life for the people of Cookeville. We need input from the citizens of Cookeville concerning how they want the city to move forward. People are telling me that they are concerned about JOBS. We have been losing manufacturing jobs and replacing them with service jobs both here in Cookeville and throughout the U.S. However in Cookeville we have unique strengths that can help us to prosper. We are strategically located on I-40 and TN 111. Our healthcare, based primarily in Cookeville Regional Medical Center, is rated high in the state in many specialty areas such as cardiology and orthopedics. Tennessee Technological University, with more than 10,000 students, is ranked as a financial best buy within the state and Cookeville is rated as the most affordable college town in the U.S. Cookeville is surrounded by beautiful scenery and numerous state parks and natural areas including Window Cliffs, Burgess Falls, Virgin Falls and Cummins Falls. Our cost of living is low as are our property taxes. Our public school system is outstanding. We are fortunate to have a top-rated public television station in WCTE, a symphony orchestra based at TTU and an active community-based theatre. These strengths can be the backbone of a thriving economy in which tourism and retiree relocation can grow. Our central location can attract statewide meetings and sports tournaments of all sorts. The city of Cookeville should be the driving force. The way the city council uses these strengths to improve our economy is important to each and every citizen. NAME: Jim Woodford PHONE NUMBER: 931-528-8020 ADDRESS: 939 Robin Lane Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife — Julia, son — Jay, daughter-in-Law — Kellye, daughter — Jenna Hillis, son-in-law — Tyler Hillis, grandson — Leo EDUCATION: High school: The McCallie School, Woodford college — BS Business Major Marketing CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: 1st Methodist Church; Volunteer Food Pantry CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Currently serve on the Cookeville city council, board member Cityscape, Chamber Ambassador, Cookeville Planning Commission, Chamber Advisor of Sigma Chi Fraternity at TTU, Citizens Fire Academy 2010, Citizens Police Academy 2011, TN Rehabilitation Center Cookeville Advisory Board, Golf Committee chairman, Chamber Golf Tournament 2010, 2011, 2012, ambassador for the Blue Cross Bowl HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Golf, reading, history OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Cookeville City Council WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Why I am running is because I’m willing to spend my time to ensure that we as a community and our local government come together to work more effectively and more efficiently to make Cookeville a better place to live, work, and raise a family. I have a passion, commitment, and an obligation to do what is right and fair to any and all the citizens of Cookeville. I do not have an agenda other than seeing Cookeville grow and continue to move forward towards creating jobs while maintaining Cookeville as one of the most affordable cities in America. As your councilman I take the time to listen, to think reasonably and to take a stand that is explained and transparent before I make a decision. I do not use my position to infringe on my neighbors’ quality of life when it comes to zoning issues. Whether intended or not, the act of zoning can help to create or destroy the physical aspects of one’s sense of place. I’ve been privileged to serve you, but there is still more work to be done. May I ask for your support and your vote? Why? It’s about being Cookeville Proud! A8 — HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, July 13, 2014 ★★★ Election 2014 COUNT Y GENERAL Assessor of Property NAME: Ken Haney POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 260-5120 ADDRESS: 3248 Hilham Road, Cookeville, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Anita Ellis Haney, wife of 42 years. We have three children: Lianne Perkins and Kelly, Franklin, Tenn., and one son, Christian. Eric Haney Haney and Missy, Cookeville, and four children: Savannah, Ellis, Carson and John. Benjamin Haney and Katie, Lebanon, Mo., and five children: Layla, Titan, Anora, Vaughan and Scarlet. Their sixth child is due in September. EDUCATION: Graduated from Putnam County Sr. High School; studied at Welch College, Nashville, majored in business and pastoral administration; studied at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.; and studied at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Ill. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Ordained Free Will Baptist Minister — currently serving as interim minister in a FWB church in Albany, Ky. Served as moderator of three district associations and clerk of two district associations. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Past president of the Upper Cumberland Funeral Directors Association; held leadership positions in state and national committees of Free Will Baptists; and involved with Civitans Club, Kiwanis Club, fundraising with United Way, member of BNI (Business Network International) and Algood Youth Baseball League Team sponsor. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Farming, golf, fishing and hunting. Member of the National Rifle Association OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Assessor of Property CURRENT OCCUPATION: Manager and funeral director at Dyer Funeral Home WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: As a life-long Republican and the Republican candidate for the Putnam County Assessor of Property, I am asking you to allow me to serve you in this position. I truly believe that the citizens of our county are dissatisfied with the stigma that has befallen this office and its management. I am firm in my belief that trust is earned — it doesn’t just happen on its own. Stable leadership is needed that will result in respect and integrity. When those qualities are present, the trust of the people will follow. In order to do this, it is going to require someone who is trustworthy and relates well with people and deals with them openly and fairly. My track record will show that I have run my business honestly, with an open-door policy. That is the way I have always conducted myself, and that would continue if I’m elected. While being in Christian ministry for more than 30 years, I managed two businesses while pastoring churches. I was manager of Wells Fargo Armored Services and manager of The Johnson City Senior House (assisted living for senior citizens). My experience and successful track record with being a leader and planner allows me to provide the consistent stability needed to earn the trust of the citizens of Putnam County and restore strong leadership to the office of Property Assessor. As manager of Dyer Funeral Home, the business has seen an increase in growth and profit. The funeral business is one of the most highly-regulated industries, which has afforded me extensive experience in meeting important deadlines, as well as passing state audits and inspections. Organizational skills are required for successful daily operation, as well as good public-relation skills in meeting and relating well with people. It is also important to be a positive role-model for co-workers and the friends and neighbors we serve. I am honored to be a part of this great community, taking pride in my heritage, and believing with my whole heart that all of our citizens, friends, neighbors and families deserve for Cookeville to continue to be the wonderful place that it is. When you step into the polls to vote, please vote Ken Haney, Assessor of Property. Thank you very much for your consideration. NAME: Maelena Holmes POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 372-7515 ADDRESS: 4083 Charlton Square, Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Married for 23 years to Chris Holmes and we have a daughter Jordan Holmes Holmes who is attending college. EDUCATION: Cookeville High School, University of Tennessee — bachelor’s degree in political science, Nashville School of Law — doctor of jurisprudence. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Church on the Hill member in Algood CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Graduate of City of Cookeville Fire and Police citizens’ academy, coach of Cookeville High School mock trial team, assisted Habitat for Humanity with training on the importance of having a written will, helped collect winter coats for children in need program. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Spending time with family, hiking, reading, swimming and helping with missions work. HONORS/AWARDS: Corpus Juris Secundum Award for scholastic excellence in contracts OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Assessor of Property CURRENT OCCUPATION: Attorney WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: This is my hometown and I care about what happens in this county and to its citizens. I have always been interested in running for office, and I feel this is the best time to run and bring a fresh voice to the assessor’s office and to let my legal education benefit the citizens of this county. I believe my qualifications are the right fit for this office. I will bring a fresh perspective to the assessor’s office and will allow my legal education, years of experience working with real estate closings and property, and my knowledge of the laws to benefit the citizens of Putnam County. I will use my education and knowledge of the laws to protect the county’s best interest. I am a native of Putnam County, and I am a past member of BNI Powerhouse Chapter in Cookeville and the Better Business Bureau. I have also served as the executive director of the Putnam County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program and was instrumental in training the first volunteers. This is where I grew up, where I was married and where my daughter attended school. I have experience where it counts — right here in my hometown. • Integrity — the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. When I became an attorney I took an oath that required me to have ethics, integrity, and to abide by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Tennessee. I have upheld my oath as an attorney for the past seven years and plan to keep upholding that oath and maintain my law license. • Honesty — being truthful and fair and having high principles. If given the chance I pledge to uphold the oath of Assessor of Property and to faithfully, impartially and honestly discharge my duties as Assessor of Property for all the citizens of Putnam County. • Experience — I have 13 years experience in reading tax cards, appraisals, surveys, warranty deeds and legal descriptions. I understand the importance of having land appraised correctly. I have been a manager of a law office, a manager of a title company and owner of a law office. Let my experience and legal education work for you, the citizens of Putnam County. Vote for me and I will make decisions based on integrity, honesty and experience. Thank you. NAME: Harold McDaniel POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 526-4545 ADDRESS: 3224 Overstreet Drive, Cookeville, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Loretta Farley McDaniel McDaniel (wife of 37 years), Brian McDaniel (son), Jenifer McDaniel (daughter-in-law), Anna Grace and Alivia McDaniel (granddaughters) EDUCATION: High school diploma CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Camping, fishing, gardening, spending time with family and grandchildren OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Assessor of Property CURRENT OCCUPATION: Putnam County Property Assessor’s office WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I believe I should be hired as the next property assessor, because I have the experience and knowledge that is required to do the job. For the past nine years, I have worked at the property assessor’s office as an appraiser of residential and commercial property. During that time, I learned how to make the correct assessments according to state regulations and guidelines so that each property owner is treated fairly and equally. I have worked with the public daily addressing questions and concerns about their assessments. I helped build my own house, and I know how important every dollar is to the home and property owner. I have worked hard most of my life. When I began working parttime at the property assessor’s office in 2005, I was also employed at Fleetguard/Cummins. For 18 months, I worked both jobs. In November 2006, I retired from Fleetguard/Cummins with 33 years of dedicated service and began my second full-time career at the property assessor’s office where I am still employed. If I am hired as the next property assessor, I will continue to work hard for the people of Putnam County. There has been a cloud over this office, and it is time for some clear weather at the courthouse. I have never been in politics, except as a voter, but I am asking you to vote for and hire me on Aug. 7 as your next property assessor. I pledge to you that I will work hard and bring back honor and a positive atmosphere to the office. I will abide by the laws and regulations and will fairly assess the homes and property you have worked so hard for and own. If you hire me, I will be available to you and everyone will be treated equal and with respect. There will be no surprises! I am honest now and will still be honest when my term is over. I would greatly appreciate your support and vote on Aug. 7. NAME: Steve Pierce POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 881-4898 ADDRESS: 1525 Gibbons Road, Cookeville, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Emily (wife of 29 years), Abbie (daughter), Blake and Samantha (son and Pierce daughter-in-law) EDUCATION: Cookeville High School graduate; technical school - drafting, surveying and electrical engineering CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member/deacon at Stevens Street Baptist Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Still active volunteer football coach (18 years); formerly on Algood City Cemetery Board; Cookeville-Putnam County Sports Council; Cookeville ambassador for Blue Cross Bowl. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Hunting and spending time with family PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: County commissioner representing the 11th District — budget committee, lands and facilities committee, nominating committee and other various committees OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Assessor of Property CURRENT OCCUPATION: Engineering department at Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Why does Steve Pierce want to be Putnam County’s property assessor? • I have a family heritage of public service, and I grew up with an awareness of the demands and rewards associated with that service. Putnam County is one of the greatest counties in the state and I want to be a part of keeping it that way. • In this election it is imperative that the voters entrust the office of Property Assessor to someone honest and who is an individual of character and integrity. It is with humility and confidence that I offer myself to the voters of this county. But, most all candidates for public office profess to be individuals possessed with honesty, character and integrity. Please check me out! Please ask others who know me if I’m a man of honesty, character and integrity. • I am also qualified and have the experience to manage the Property Assessor’s offices. My 14 and 1/2 years with the State of Tennessee Engineering Department involved mostly new bridge construction and gave me insight as to building techniques and construction value. Later, as an inspector on state projects and project manager I gained experience in the value of managing people and working together as a team to get the job done and to get the job done right. My 14 years with Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Cooperative a gained experience in surveying and the design of electrical distribution lines in every part of Putnam County, both residential and commercial. Being versed in technical areas of right-of-ways, easements, and set-backs was an integral part of this job. Additionally, I worked face-to-face with individual property owners and their various contractors on actual projects wherein I gained experience in dealing with difficult problems and working together to search for solutions to those problems. • I am a conservative Christian with values that serve public servants well. I believe in the power of the truth and in treating all people fairly and honestly. I also believe many problems can be solved by simply rolling up your sleeves and working until you get the job done and getting the job done right. I humbly ask for your vote and support in the Aug. 7 general election! NAME: Mark Rippetoe POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 265-0466 ADDRESS: 644 East Hudgens St., Cookeville, 38501 HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Golf, tennis HONORS/AWARDS: Several outstanding achieveRippetoe ment awards with Averitt Express OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Assessor of Property CURRENT OCCUPATION: Licensed contractor WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: My name is Mark Rippetoe and I am running for Putnam County Property Assessor. I attended and graduated Cookeville High School in 1984 and attended Tennessee Tech majoring in business management. I am married to Daphne Moss Rippetoe and have two children, Savannah (19) and Chloe (15). My family attends Life Church in Cookeville, where we currently serve as small group leaders, greeters and youth leaders in the high school ministry. I am passionate about aiding in local and foreign missions efforts. I have assisted with projects in Mobile, Ala.; Gulfport, Miss.; and Baltimore, Md., and recently returned from a project in Haiti where our team constructed a girls orphanage dorm. I have also served on projects for Habitat Humanity, Relay for Life and FCA. I have voluntarily coached local youth teams for the past 15 years and assisted in many community outreach programs all over Putnam County. I have been a coach for YMCA soccer, Vision and Upward Basketball and the Algood Middle School soccer and tennis programs. I am here to serve our county and give the assessor of property position all the attention that is needed to ensure that it operates as designed by Putnam County and the state of Tennessee. Presently, I am a licensed contractor and licensed insurance agent with the State of Tennessee. This has allowed me to be able to assess current land and property and depreciation values. I have been a leader in the private sector, serving in management positions for the last 25 years. It is my goal to run the best organization possible, providing excellent customer service to the public and being transparent with how decisions are made. My values, entrepreneurial spirit and experience have driven my fiscally responsible and conservative approach that this office needs. It is my goal to effectively communicate how values are being calculated and also what actions are mandated by the state. It is time to bring the assessor’s office back to a place that is worthy of public trust and support. I am Mark Rippetoe and I am eager and anxious to begin “Moving Putnam Forward.” Please join me and my family as I seek the Assessor of Property Office in the upcoming August election. NAME: Jason Scott POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: (931) 979-1111 ADDRESS: 130 Falcon Pointe Baxter, TN 38544 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Robin Scott (teacher at Upperman High School); children (all boys), Izaiah (7), Scott JP (5) and Mason (4); and fathers and mothers, Dale and Susie Scott and Peggy and Randy Boles EDUCATION: Graduate of Cookeville High School; associate’s degree in criminal justice; IAAO 1, 2 and 3 state appraisal certified CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member of Life Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Race coordinator for the annual Zombie Mudpocalypse to benefit Teen Challenge; nursery volunteer at Life Church HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Spending time with family, fishing, hunting, full-time dad! OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Assessor of Property CURRENT OCCUPATION: Corrections field training officer at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I should be elected because I have the heart and work ethic for this office. This is my third time running for the assessor of property. I have the servitude, the experience and the integrity needed to run the Assessor’s Office the right way. I was 22 when I began serving the people of Putnam County. I gained valuable on-thejob experience while working at the Assessor’s office for six years. Working at the Sheriff’s Department has solidified the value of honesty and doing what is right. If elected, I will be able to start day one, with no downtime learning a new job. I will be able to start appraising property accurately and fairly for all of the citizens of Putnam County. HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, July 13, 2014 — A9 ★★★ Election 2014 COUNT Y GENERAL School Board District 2 District 4 NAME: Celeste Bates Gammon PHONE: (931) 372-7722 FAMILY MEMBERS: Husband of 22 years, Tony Gammon, and children GraceAnn, Grant and Grady EDUCATION: Graduate of Cookeville High Gammon School, graduate of Carson Newman College with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member of Trinity Assembly in Algood for 10 years where I teach a 6th grade girls Bible study. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: American Legion Auxiliary Chair of Girls State and Americanism Program, past member of Cookeville Junior Women’s Club, volunteer for Rising Above Ministry HOBBIES/INTERESTS: I enjoy being with my family. We love to make fires in the backyard, watch movies and we exercise together. I enjoy being outside, gardening, swimming, biking, running and walking. I also enjoy reading fiction and love learning about the history of our nation. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: School Board, District 2 WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I am running for school board because I care about my community and I want to serve. I view all students educated in Putnam County as our “Emergent Community.” These students will grow up to affect us all. They will be our future police, lawyers, teachers, doctors, business owners, city employees, etc. We all have a vested interest in the way the students in Putnam County are educated. I know first hand that being a public school teacher is not easy. I have also enjoyed spending time volunteering in the classroom with the American Legion Auxiliary. I have seen some of what is needed and have heard from parents about what they have concerns about as well. I feel I have a duty to be a steward over both the education and financial stability of our tax dollars. I want to see teachers have the tools they need to do their job well and schools given priority to properly educate and equip all children. Students in Putnam County should be given the opportunity to excel in any area of interest, while being challenged academically and able to meet the changing needs of our economy. I have attended numerous school board meetings and joint work sessions with the county commission. I intend to build relationships and see the school board and county commission work as a team. We all need to see the children of Putnam County as a precious resource. I have spent time over the past few months interviewing principals and teachers. I have been asking lots of questions and listening to great answers. I hope to take the answers they have given me and put them into practical use on the school board. Elect me and I will be dedicated to excellence in the classroom by affording opportunities to all students and giving them a chance to excel and find their potential in our community. NAME: Charles Looper PHONE NUMBER: (931) 260-8304 ADDRESS: 204 West Crawford Ave., Monterey, TN 38574 FAMILY MEMBERS: One sister EDUCATION: B.S. biology education, M.A. Looper guidance and counseling, 30 semester hours toward doctorate CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Monterey United Methodist Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Monterey Civitan Club, president elect, secretary of Monterey Planning Board, chairman, board of directors of Monterey Senior Citizens, Monterey Garden Club HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Golf, travel and gardening HONORS/AWARDS: Shoney’s Educator of the Year Award, Walmart Teacher of the Year Award, Putnam County Board of Education “I Make a Difference” Award, four-time district boys golf coach of the year award, two-time president of Putnam County Education Association PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: County commissioner, 4th District for 12 years OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: School board, District 4 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: From the time I graduated from Monterey High School until I retired in 2001, education has always been my passion. Beginning with my training of medical and x-ray technicians in the 1960s to my 32 years teaching at Monterey High School, I have enjoyed this career. I want to continue working in education, and being a member of the Putnam County Board of Education would be a way that I can contribute. Putnam County has one of the best, if not THE best, school systems in the state, and I believe that my many years of experience in education will allow me to continue working with our schools. Our county is presently involved in building two new schools. As Putnam County continues to grow, our school enrollment will also grow. I want to help plan for this growth. NAME: Vern Crabtree ADDRESS: 1599 Randy Drive FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Billie Jo; sons, Matt Crabtree, Luke Crabtree; daughter-in-law, Holly Crabtree; mother, Martha Crabtree EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science, Tennessee Tech University Crabtree CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member of Collegeside Church of Christ CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Cookeville Children’s Museum, Board of Directors (2008); Putnam YMCA, Board of Directors (2007) HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Weight training and personal trainer HONORS/AWARDS: Two time recipient of the Putnam County School “Making a Difference Award” PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Putnam County Commission (2000-2002); Cookeville City Planning Commission (1999-2002); Cookeville City Historic Zoning Commission (2000-2002) OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: School Board, District 2 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Owner of MidTennFit.com WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: First, I would like to point out that I believe my opponent has every right to send her children to a “private school,” and she has the right to work for that “private school.” However, we are running for the Putnam County “public” Board of Education. Unlike my opponent, I have been fundraising, volunteering and working hard for our public schools, while she has been working for a private school. As a county commissioner (2000-2002), I fought hard to help the schools receive the money needed to function properly. I was there standing up against other commissioners who were trying to block teacher pay increases, cut funding from our school athletic programs and trying to line item the schools budget. As well as serving as vice president for Northeast Elementary PTO, I went on to serve on the Putnam County Board of Education (2006-2010). While on the school board, I made the motion to hire Dr. Kathleen Airhart for director of schools. I spearheaded a fundraiser to restore Jere Whitson’s playground, raising more than $50,000 in three weeks. Also, I fought hard and made the motion to rebuild Jere Whitson’s school in its historic location, which allowed Putnam Schools to recover $3.4 million in insurance money. That was a hard fight because other Board members were working hard to re-locate the school, and we would have lost that $3.4 million. Another school I fought hard to build is Prescott South, and I made the motion for its current location. For years, I have taken myself away from my business to be a substitute teacher so our teachers can take off work for sickness, in-services and family personal reasons. Just this past year, I took off time from my business to fundraise to help pave the outdoor basketball court for Avery Trace Middle School. We raised $900, thanks to the students, parents and ATMS teachers and staff. Unlike my opponent, I have trusted our public teachers, staff and schools to give my children the best education offered. NAME: David McCormick PHONE NUMBER: (931) 839-6709 ADDRESS: 219 Luray Court, Monterey, TN 38574 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Kim; son, Trent; daughter, Kayla Todd; grandson, Keelyn Todd; McCormick and son-in-Law, Shaun Todd EDUCATION: Graduated Monterey High School, class of 1981 CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Attend Monterey First Freewill Baptist HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Hunting deer and turkey, enjoying spending time with family HONORS/AWARDS: Have earned numerous awards from my employers PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: School board, two terms OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: School board, District 4 CURRENT OCCUPATION: District manager at Sally Beauty WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I have served the children of Putnam County diligently for two terms. I have fought for equality across the system. The people in the 4th and 5th Districts have brought forward issues and these issues have been addressed. I have fought for new schools and now we have a new high school under construction in Monterey, and a new middle school in Baxter. My intentions are genuine and real, the service of a school board member is for one reason only: that is to lead our children into the future. District 6 Maynard NAME: Jerry Maynard ADDRESS: 700 W. Little John Lane, Cookeville, TN 38501 PHONE NUMBER: (931) 526-8452 FAMILY MEMBERS: Spouse, Connie; three sons; four grandchildren EDUCATION: B.S., M.A., Ed.S. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member of Sycamore Church of Christ CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Noonday Lions Club HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Gardening HONORS/AWARDS: Career Ladder Level III principal PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: County commissioner OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: School board, District 6 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I should be re-elected as a school board member because I have the experience to be a highly functional board member. I have 48 years of experience in public schools. I spent seven years as a classroom teacher (grades 4-6), 33 years as the principal of Sycamore Elementary, and eight years on the Putnam County Board of Education. I was chairman of the board (2006-2008) when Dr. Martin was removed as director and Dr. Airhart was appointed. During my tenure as chair, Algood Elementary and Prescott South were built after the school board worked with the Putnam County Commission to secure the passage of school construction bonds. Jere Whitson Elementary was rebuilt after being destroyed by fire. Extensive renovations have taken place at Baxter Elementary and Cornerstone Middle School. A new addition was built at Burks Elementary in Monterey. I supported all of these important building projects. I worked tirelessly with other board members, the director of schools, the county executive and county commissioners to secure the passage of additional school bonds for the construction of Upperman Middle School and Monterey High School. These two new schools will open during the 2015-2016 school year. During my time as county commissioner (1994-2006) I served on both the planning and fiscal review committees. I also served on the budget committee for four years. I was elected chairman of the Putnam County Commission in 2005. I want to use my knowledge and experience in schools and county government to improve education for ALL children. All four of my grandchildren are currently enrolled in Putnam County Schools. NAME: Jimmy Neal PHONE NUMBER: (931) 252-1831 ADDRESS: 204 West Minster Dr., Baxter, TN 38544 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Christy Roberts Neal, and sons, Jackson (11) and Zachary (8) EDUCATION: Monterey High School, Tennessee Tech, U.S. Navy, Police Academy, Tennessee Highway Patrol Academy and many leadership and law enforceNeal ment courses CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Baptist CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Cookeville Masonic Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police, Baxter Youth Baseball, Basketball and Stingers Football HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Coaching youth sports, hunting, fishing, motorcycles HONORS/AWARDS: Combat awarded — for service in U.S. Navy, many police awards for service OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: School Board, District 6 CURRENT OCCUPATION: State trooper, lieutenant, with Tennessee Highway Patrol WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I am a lifelong resident of Putnam County. After graduating from Monterey High School, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy. I served aboard a U.S. Navy Destroyer, the USS Caron (DD970). I was combat awarded for service in the raid on Libya. Upon my discharge from the U.S. Navy, I returned to Putnam County where I went to work for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department. I served Putnam County for more than six years and left to become a member of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. I have always been a leader in stressful situations and due to my success I was promoted to Sergeant and then on to my current rank of lieutenant. I have many years in law enforcement and leadership training and have been a state trooper for more than 20 years. My entire life has been in service to my country, community and state. As a Christian I have always lived by the motto: My God, Country and Family. In my lifetime I have seen a lot of places in the world. I have seen the best and the worst in people due to my chosen career and have had to deal with problems and issues that most people will never see and make split second decisions in crisis. I understand that “Service is an Honor.” I have been blessed with a wonderful wife, Christy Roberts Neal, and two sons; parents, Allie and Beverly Neal of Monterey; and father and mother-in-law, Danny and Pam Roberts of Baxter. I understand that our school board handles a lot of complex issues and I seek to offer a common sense and fresh approach with new ideas and listening to parents and teachers. As a parent with school age children I am involved with our schools and security is a concern. It is time for open and honest dialogue with the taxpayers and Putnam County Commission. I humbly ask for your vote and support to allow me the honor to serve on the Putnam County School Board in the Aug. 7 election. A10 — HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, July 13, 2014 ★★★ Election 2014 COUNT Y GENERAL County Commission District 1 District 2 District 3 NAME: Scott Ebersole POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 651-1219 ADDRESS: 560 Windrowe Drive, Cookeville, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Children: Amanda and Anthony Potts, Andrew, Bailey, Molly and Daniel. Ebersole Grandchildren: Cameron and AJ EDUCATION: Perrysburg High School CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Life Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Member of the Chamber of Commerce HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Golf and riding motorcycles PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: County Commissioner 1st District OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County Commissioner 1st District CURRENT OCCUPATION: President/CEO E Com Inc. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: My name is Scott Ebersole and I am running for County Commissioner in the 1st District. I have lived in Putnam County since 1989. In that time, I have come to appreciate what a great place our county is to raise a family, locate a business and also to visit. We have seen significant growth in that time because of our low cost of living, good schools and familyfriendly community. When I was elected four years ago, I ran on working to keep those values. My experience being the president/CEO of E Com Inc., a manufacturer of laboratory seating, as well as being a father of five children (Amanda, Andrew, Bailey, Molly and Daniel), gives me real life experience on keeping those values intact. Having served on the county commission and being elected as the fiscal review committee chairman gives me insight into what it takes from a government point of view to keep those values intact as well. I have voted to keep taxes low and to make this a business-friendly environment to help new businesses. We need to manage our growth and work to lower our county debt so we can keep our taxes low. By doing that, it will help to attract businesses and jobs to our county. This needs to be done so we can retain our young people, who are our future. I believe my experience puts me in a position to be able to continue to serve our county well. Thank you for your time, and I ask for your vote. NAME: Danny Frye POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 261-1581 ADDRESS: 610 N. Maple Ave., Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Married, Amy Colvard Frye EDUCATION: B.S. in business management Frye TTU (1975), law degree, Nashville School of Law (1984) CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Past member and chairman Putnam County Parks & Recreation Board and County Commission Planning Committee. Served on county budget, inter-governmental and other committees. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Classic automobiles HONORS/AWARDS: Cancer survivor PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: County commission 10th district 1998-2002 OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County commission 2nd District. CURRENT OCCUPATION: Self-employed (rental properties) WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: The 2nd District deserves honest representation by an actual resident of the district, with more than just a personal agenda. Also a registered voter who has exercised this important right, not just as a basis to qualify as a candidate. Having previously served as a member of this governing body, I am experienced and prepared to deal with issues that come before the commission. I pledge to represent the residents of the 2nd District justly, with dedication and integrity. NAME: Jerry Ford POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 526-1349 ADDRESS: 2228 Massa Ave., Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Michele, Clint, Harrison and Anthony Ford Ford EDUCATION: Graduate of Cookeville High School, Tennessee Technological University, and majored in business administration from Tennessee Technological University CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Boy Scouts of America HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Collecting/restoration antique automobiles, Scouting/camping HONORS/AWARDS: Long Rifle Award, awarded by Boy Scouts of America; Daniel Beard Award for Scouting; District Award of Merit; Scouters Award of Merit; Scout Masters Training Award; National Scout Masters Award. PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: County commissioner District 3 for two terms OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County commissioner District 3 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Self-employed-owner Ford Rental Properties WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Served as county commissioner 3rd District for the last 12 years. As a lifetime resident of 3rd District, I have served as chairman of the Putnam County Commission, budget committee and various other city/county committees. I have received the training and experience provided by the Tennessee County Services Association, which I am also a member. I have the experience to represent my district and the people of Putnam County. My goals are to work with the county commission to keep tax rates as low as possible, to help to see growth in Putnam County in areas of job opportunities, education and economy, help to ensure Putnam County is safe, clean and a good environment in which to raise your family, while keeping it an affordable place to live. NAME: David “Crock” Randolph POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: (931) 526-1213 ADDRESS: 969 E. Hudgens, Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Jeaneal; son, Bill; daughter, LeAnn Delk (John); two grandsons, Alex Randolph and Wes Delk EDUCATION: Educated in White and Putnam counties school systems CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member at Collegeside Church of Christ HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Remodeling older houses and spending lots of time with my grandsons PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: County commissioner from 2000-2010 OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County commissioner 1st District CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired lieutenant from Cookeville Fire Department, 25 years. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Having been a commissioner in the past, I helped seniors with property tax breaks and many other things too lengthy to go into. I feel like I have contributed to making Cookeville and Putnam County a better place to live. I thank you for your vote. Short NAME: Tom Short POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 526-1243 ADDRESS: 554 Windrowe Drive, Cookeville, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Mary (wife of 36 years); Lani (22) EDUCATION: Six years of college (no degree) CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Life Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Rotary Club of Cookeville (Pres. 2014-15) HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Music, gardening, reading, sports, cooking PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Currently 1st District County Commissioner OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Same CURRENT OCCUPATION: Owner-Trademark Printing WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Our county is in need of leadership with a vision of the future. We face funding issues (schools), what to do with the jail, what to do with our current fire department, long range property needs (fair site, etc.) and how to best implement a financial administrator for the county (financial mgmt. acct.) as suggested by auditors (3 yrs.+) NAME: Jim Martin POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 528-1658 ADDRESS:1430 Jamestown Court, Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Sandy, wife and Dr. Jim Martin and Jon Martin, sons EDUCATION: Graduate, BBA, University of MisMartin sissippi; Southern Methodist University Graduate School of Banking CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: First Baptist Church, Cookeville CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Past chairman Putnam County Commission; commission committees served: budget, planning, nominating, salary, adult entertainment control, intergovernmental, rules, finance and audit; county regional planning board; past chairman Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce; past member Highlands Initiative Board of Directors; past chairman chamber public policy committee; Highlands Residential Services Board (Cookeville Housing Authority); past chairman Cookeville Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees; Cookeville Regional Foundation Board of Directors; chairman workforce employer outreach committee; workforce investment board; joint economic/community development board; vice chairman industrial development board; chairman public building authority; Cookeville Rotary Club; Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center Board/Treasurer; 13th Judicial District drug court committee and Leadership Putnam alumnus HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Family, boating, hunting, fishing, biking, hiking, traveling and public service PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: County Commissioner District 2 OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County Commissioner District 2 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Past CEO, current vice-chairman, Putnam 1st Mercantile Bank WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I support aggressive efforts to retain existing jobs and to create new direct and indirect jobs by recruiting new business, industry and other economic engines such as medical, retirement, tourism, arts and craft, professional individuals and groups. I support new job creation because it will increase total payroll in Putnam County, which will broaden our tax base, increase our tax revenue and enhance economic and community development. I support lessening the tax burden levied on our homes and farms by looking for additional sources of revenue. Also, I will continue to support financial responsibility with prudent allocation and monitoring of the county budget to ensure that my fellow taxpayers, to whom I am accountable, get economical, effective management of their tax dollars. NAME: Scott Stevens POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 261-3814 ADDRESS: 1330 Shag Rag Rd., Cookeville, TN FAMILY MEMBERS: Son, Seth Stevens, age 15 EDUCATION: H.S. Mary Persons High School, Forsyth, Ga. Stevens CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Trinity Assembly in Algood CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Wounded Warrior, Project Graduation Monterey TN, CASA, Cookeville Youth Football HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Fishing, riding motorcycles and time with my family and friends PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: None OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 2nd District county commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: Management/small business owner WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Hello, my name is Scott Stevens. I am running for the Putnam County Commission, seeking to represent the citizens of the 2nd District. I humbly ask for your vote and support in this race. I made my home in Cookeville in the summer of 1992. What a great decision I made! Since that time, I attended Tennessee Tech University and in 1995, I started my own business known as SRS Recovery, which I still own and operate. In March of 1999, I accepted a position with Truck Pro. During my time with Truck Pro, I have held many titles, working my way up to the management team, a position I currently hold. Our office is on Brown Avenue in the heart of the 2nd District. Through my experience being a small business owner and holding positions in business management, I have developed the skills to manage budgets, manage personnel and manage time. These skills, along with good communication, are crucial to the leadership qualities needed on our county commission. I worship at Trinity Assembly in Algood. Growing up in a positive Christian house instilled in me great character and values. Early on in our family home, I learned the importance of being conservative. It’s very important to value what you have, not count on what you don’t. I have a strong respect and admiration for senior citizens and military veterans. There is not a future without a past. My hobbies include fishing, riding motorcycles and spending time with family and friends. I am involved with many charities and community activities. I have coached Cookeville Youth Football. I have worked to support the Wounded Warrior Memorial Fund, Project Graduation Monterey, and the Court Appointed Special Advocates program (CASA) for Abused and Neglected Children. I am a firm supporter of the 2nd Amendment to our U.S. Constitution, and I am a proud member of the NRA. I have been encouraged by many members of our community to run for this position. After learning of Putnam County’s overwhelming debt problem, I was shocked and motivated to take a stand. Putnam County is the fifth most indebted county in the state; passing this debt off on the taxpayer is NOT an option for me, as many have not recovered from the last recession. Among my goals is to control spending in all levels of our county government, recruit industry and increase and support our local economy. In closing, I ask for your support and your vote. NAME: David L. Gentry POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 261-4911 ADDRESS: 1982 Freehill Rd., Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Spouse, Brenda Keith Gentry; two children, Tara Gentry Price and Dustin Gentry; and five grandchildren Gentry EDUCATION: GED, general contractors’ license and electrical license CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Protestant CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Have coached baseball and softball HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Hunting, fishing, watching grandchildren play sports PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Currently county commissioner for District 3 OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 3rd District commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: General contractor WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I, David Gentry, would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your county commissioner for the 3rd District of Putnam County. It has been my privilege and pleasure. I hope I have met the expectations you had when electing me. I have tried to keep your county property taxes low, and represented you as honestly as I know how. I have always tried to make myself available to you, my constituents. I have listened and made my decisions, based on the facts. I would like to ask for your vote again in the upcoming election on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Thank you again for the privilege of serving the 3rd District of Putnam County. NAME: Jordan M. Iwanyszyn POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 644-2827 ADDRESS: 322 West 3rd St., Apt. 1, Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Rachel Iwanyszyn; parents, Joe and Joan Iwanyszyn EDUCATION: Tennessee Tech University ‘10, Iwanyszyn political science CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Sycamore Church of Christ, youth minister assistant CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Member of Breakfast Rotary Club HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Ministry, fitness and running, history, ultimate, reading PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: None OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County commission 3rd District CURRENT OCCUPATION: Hospitality supervisor, Chick-fil-A WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Putnam County is an excellent place to call home! We live in a great area to raise a family, enjoy the great outdoors, start a business and get a good education. Now is also an excellent time to call Putnam County home. Our county is now well-positioned to attract larger job creators and get our local economic engine up to the next gear. With vision, this is both the near future and long-term future in store for our community. Jordan M. Iwanyszyn is running for the Putnam County Commission with that vision. Jordan’s vision consists of four areas important to our county. First, on economic development. We are situated at a terrific location in the nation, with great transportation network and numerous strong resources, especially in the educational and human categories. We need more local public leaders who understand this and are ready to make a passionate case for why companies and individuals should locate here. We are particularly capable of being a hub for the high-tech, engineering and robotics industries because of our location and the proximity of Tennessee Tech. On the issue of fiscal responsibility, Jordan is a life-long fiscal conservative. He personally knows the importance of stretching a dollar. He understands all money in the Putnam County treasury is from the hard working citizens of the county. Because of this fact, Jordan would regularly review our county budget and borrowing habits to find where we can be more efficient and build a strong fiscal house. Jordan would strive to not raise taxes because Putnam Countians are already experiencing tight budgets and wallets. Jordan will work to improve our quality of life. He believes in a strong school system and emergency management must be supported for our public safety. The fourth area is honesty and integrity. Jordan believes that a public service is a public trust. If blessed to be elected, Jordan would conduct the office with honesty and always keep the line open with all citizens of the county. For more information, go to jiwanyszyn.wix.com/jordan4putnamcounty or email Jordan at email@example.com. Thank you for your support. HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, July 13, 2014 — A11 ★★★ Election 2014 COUNT Y GENERAL County Commission District 4 NAME: Larry D. Bennett POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 839-3637 ADDRESS: 405 E. Price Ave., Monterey, TN 38574 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Betty Bennett; and sons, Dakota, Blake and Tim Bennett EDUCATION: High school graduate, Cookeville; Bennett Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy, served 28 years total in law enforcement CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Mineral Springs First Baptist Church, Deacon; president of the Blue Knights Law Enforcement; motorcycle club of Upper Cumberland CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Member of the Republican Party of Putnam County HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Riding motorcycles, camping, traveling, charity work in Kenya, Africa, abroad/meeting people PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: None OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 4th District County Commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired from Putnam County Sheriff’s Department as of January 2014 WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Because I care about my hometown and my community that I live in, I want to try and change things for the better here in the 4th District. I feel the taxpayers and the good citizens in my district deserve better service than what they have been getting for their tax money. I want to be able to help the people in community needs and be their voice on the issues that concern them and how it will affect them. I stand on and support American freedom of rights and God given rights. NAME: Marshall Cox POLITICAL PARTY: Independent ADDRESS: 359 W. Meadow Creek Rd., Monterey EDUCATION: Monterey High School, state fire school in septic re-work and new septics CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Vine Ridge Missionary Baptist Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Putnam Cox County Fire Department, 19 years HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Woodworking HONORS/AWARDS: UCHRA man of March 2014 OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County commissioner WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: My name is Marshall Cox. Most of you know me from Monterey Ace Hardware Potter’s and Cox Backhoe, the business my wife and I own. I also am a member of the Putnam County Fire Department. I have worked hard 19 years. I have always had a full-time public job, the fire department, and working for myself. I have had county commission on my mind for 20 years now, and have ideas and thoughts as well. We have so much to think about in the 4th District — family, school (home school or public school), our senior citizens, library, clubs, groups, city and county. My hope is to give attention to all. When you run for office, it’s nothing to do with the person running, but everything about the people you represent — that would be all of you. Nothing is easy, it’s not made to be. My years of service to the people of the 4th District, being with the fire department, or working on drains, septic, yards, hauling rock, whatever I have done for you, I hope my job was to my best for you. Where would I have the time to be a county commissioner? In all my years of working, I always have time for my job, my own work and the fire department. I can do it. I have had too many years of working to stop now. It’s what a man does in his life. I have been married to Selina Cox for 10 years. We have one child, Elisha, age 9. Most of you may know him by Elisha’s Wildlife Feeders. He started it last spring. He was eight when he started his own business. He made money. And he is a hard worker like me. We go to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital every so often due to his health. He uses a CPAP at night. We couldn’t have asked God for a better child. He also plays piano and has had three recitals by himself. He is also the spoon player for Vine Ridge Missionary Baptist church singers. Selina homeschools Elisha. He’s in the third grade. She has a degree in early childhood education. She takes care of paperwork and bills for me and have just started Cox’s and Son Landscaping. She is an artist and plays the piano. I hope this helps more of you to get to know me. NAME: Joe Elder POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 252-3637 ADDRESS: 4912 Jim Smith Road, Cookeville, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Lori Elder of 22 years; one daughter, Mary Kate Elder; and two sons, Tommy Joe Elder and Johnny Elder Elder EDUCATION: 1988 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School; 1990 U.S. Army Infantry Academy; attended Southeast Missouri University in Cape Girardeau, Mo.; TTU in Cookeville; Volunteer State Community College in Livingston; and MedVance in Cookeville. I have an associate’s degree in radiologic technology. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Adult leader with Boy Scouts and member of Free and Accepted Masons HONORS/AWARDS: National Leadership in Business award with the Republican Congressional Committee in May 2003; delegate to D.C. on the A.S.R.T.; and served in the U.S. Army, honorably discharged PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: None, but I feel that my years of experience as a business owner and in management make me well-qualified for the job, as well as my love for the area OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 4th District County Commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: Radiological technologist WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I feel that the commissioner needs to be someone, like me, who understands what it is like to live within a budget and enjoys serving the community. Not someone who wants to be there just for the name recognition. Someone who understands that if you can’t make your bills this month, you adjust your spending habits, not try to force people to give you more money. That doesn’t work for the individual and that cannot and will not work for the government either. We need someone who knows how to manage a budget and how to make the hard choices that need to be made to get the job done the right way and within our financial ability to do so. I do not believe the county’s financial troubles can be solved by raising taxes or creating a new tax, like a wheel tax that I oppose and will not support, but by utilizing our resources — the Hyder-Burks pavilion, the fairgrounds and promoting TTU more to draw people into our community to spend their time here, therefore increasing our tax base. The eastern end of the county that gets forgotten so often because we are up on the mountain, out of sight and out of mind, needs someone who will put our needs first and foremost. Someone who will promote economic and community growth for us in the 4th. Someone like me who will listen to what the people who I am there for want and need and will bring their voice to the commission. In closing, I would like to say that I thank God for the opportunities that I have had to serve in this great county of ours and this community and that I look forward to serving this community of mine. District 5 NAME: John Ludwig POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 252-3623 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Diane; and five grown children, Bradley, Brenda, Bryan, Kevin and Kraig CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Board Ludwig of directors Monterey Senior Center, vice president Monterey Depot Historical Society, Monterey Business Expo, Civitan, VFW, Lions Club, Standing Stone Historical Society, Putnam County Fair Board, Cookeville Chamber of Commerce OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 4th District County Commissioner WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: As county commissioner of District 4 for the last 3 1/2 years, I have served on the Fiscal Review Committee, Budget Committee, Delinquent Tax Committee, County Fire Study Committee, Putnam County Clean Commission board of directors and attended committee meetings to which I am not appointed to better understand all of the challenges facing Putnam County as a whole and how those challenges directly affect District 4. To date, my single biggest challenge and greatest reward has been working with Putnam County’s commission and school board to bring to reality the construction of the much needed Monterey High School. “Go Wildcats!” I am also proud to say I was able to support the funding of the Poplar Grove bridge over Falling Water River, which directly affects District 4, the new air conditioning system for Poplar Grove Community Center and the installation of water lines in Poplar Grove and Walker Hollow ensuring the citizens have access to clean and safe water for their homes. As county commissioner of District 4, I work “full time” to make sure I know the issues of my district and the county so I can objectively reach informed decisions before I go before the commission to represent the many challenges we face. With your vote, I will continue the ongoing efforts to clean up roadside dumping, support the needs of our children and seniors and work toward the improvements of public services for my constituents. To maintain continuity, re-elect John Ludwig on Aug. 7, 2014. If you need help with voter registration, obtaining absentee ballots or getting to the polls to vote, please contact me. Your vote makes a difference! Early voting begins July 18 through Aug. 2, 2014. NAME: Greg “RED” Ray POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: (931) 839-8082 ADDRESS: 1765 Walker Hollow Road, Monterey, TN 38574 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Denice; children, Sierra Haley and Justin Ray Ray EDUCATION: Graduate of Monterey High School, graduate of Livingston Vocational School Auto Body Repair and Finishing CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member of Harris Chapel Free Will Baptist Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Member of Monterey Masonic Lodge 751 HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Playing music, raising meat goats, logging and sawmilling PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: None OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 4th District commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: Equipment operator, Putnam County Highway Department WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I was born and raised in Putnam County. I am interested in learning more about how government works. I will keep in touch with the people in my district and vote the way they want me to. The main thing is just use common sense in spending taxpayer money so we can keep taxes from going up. Reese NAME: Shannon Reese POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: 372-8529 ADDRESS: 5354 Mill Creek Rd, Monterey, 38574 FAMILY MEMBERS: Husband - Albert Reges; son - Yoel Reges EDUCATION: Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene; Bachelor’s in Health Services Admin- istrations CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Board member of Keep Putnam County Beautiful/Clean Commission HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Running, sewing, recycling, gardening OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County Commission CURRENT OCCUPATION: Dental hygienist WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I would love to have the opportunity to further the growth in Monterey; help create jobs for those in Monterey; and, improve their lives by maintaining an idealistic lifestyle they strive for. NAME: Jerry Roberson POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 839-6115 ADDRESS: 8799 Monterey Hwy., Monterey, TN 38574 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, two children and six grandchildren Roberson EDUCATION: Graduate of Monterey High School CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Belongs to Rocky Point Baptist Church HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Gardening, helping my fellow friends around the community and playing with the grandkids OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 4th District County Commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: Putnam County Highway Department WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I was born and raised in the 4th District; I also have lived here my entire life. I would like to see nothing more than for the 4th District to improve to the best of my ability. If elected, I will stand up for the elderly and also listen and fight for what the people want. I will give you my best and listen to all your concerns and problems. A vote for me is a vote for you. Thank you, Jerry Roberson. NAME: Cindy Adams POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 303-8340 ADDRESS: 909 River Bend Drive, Cookeville, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Husband of 39 years Philip Adams; daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Darin Adams Kleeman; son and daughter-in-law, Reed and Audrey Adams; and nine beautiful grandchildren CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Active member of First Christian Church in Cookeville HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Reading, home improvement, spending time with family and friends OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County Commissioner District 5 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Homemaker WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: As a former bookkeeper and a taxpayer who handles my own family finances, I understand the importance of balancing a budget and keeping costs under control. When I was asked to run for the position of county commissioner for District 5, I was not at all interested, but I decided to sit down and visit with a current commissioner just to see what the job entails. During the course of that conversation, I heard him say that Putnam County is approximately $170,000,000 in debt right now. I was stunned to hear that news — first of all because the number was so high, and second of all because I had no idea that we had any debt. I went home from that meeting and got online to verify that his information was correct. After searching through the County Technical Assistance Service website (CTAS is a service run by the University of Tennessee to provide helpful information and advice to county governments in the state), I found a chart that showed the amount of debt for every county in Tennessee. As of 2010, Putnam County has one of the highest debts of any county in the state. At that point, I felt compelled to run for commissioner in order to do my part to get our county back to a more solid financial position. I have never held a political office and I have never worked for any government entity, so I will bring to the commission a purely citizen/taxpayer point of view. As a Christian and a conservative, I promise that if I am elected, I will do my very best to spend your money as carefully as I do my own, to address the debt as soon as possible without raising any taxes, to safeguard our essential services, and to make Putnam County a desirable destination for both individuals and businesses looking to relocate. I would appreciate your vote in the general election on Aug. 7. NAME: Anna Ruth Burroughs POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: (931) 526-3023 ADDRESS: 1650 Iris Ave., Cookeville, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: The late Donald Burroughs; daughter, Kim and Curt Cooper; son, Kevin and Robin Burroughs; three grandchildren, Amanda, Ryan and Burroughs Hunter; and one great grandson, Brayden EDUCATION: I attended Putnam County Schools and some out of state CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Active officer with Cookeville Order of Eastern Star, director for Middle Tennessee Federal Credit Union, Beer Board member HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Dancing, traveling, cooking and spending time with all my friends PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Commission seat for the 1st District for eight years and the 5th District for 12 years, for a total of 20 years OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 5th District County Commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired from Avery Trace where I worked for 27 years as a cook and cashier WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I study each issue and try to make the best possible decisions that will serve all Putnam County taxpayers. I’m always available to discuss any issue or questions and be a good steward of county money. Randolph NAME: Terry C. Randolph POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 854-1760 ADDRESS: 3509 Tolbert Drive, Cookeville, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Tephany Randolph; children, Leslie Newman, Patrick and Christopher Randolph, Paige Baker and Austin Bates; grandchildren, Scott, Clay and Lynnsey Newman and Leaman Randolph EDUCATION: B.S. TTU 1978; M.A. TTU 1985 HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Golf, motorcycle riding, gardening PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Presently, I am a Putnam County Commissioner representing the 5th District OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: I am seeking to be re-elected as Putnam County Commissioner representing the 5th District CURRENT OCCUPATION: The transportation supervisor for the Putnam County School System WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I was elected in 2010 on the promise that I would serve the 5th District to the best of my ability, that I would be the best county commissioner that I could be and vote for what I thought was right. During the past four years, I believe that I fulfilled my promise and my intentions not only to the residents of the 5th District, but also for all residents of Putnam County. While being a 5th District county commissioner, I led the fight to obtain clean and usable water for the residents of Poplar Grove and Mt. Pleasant. This was a great need for those residents and a blessed achievement for us all. I also helped in obtaining funds to renovate the Poplar Grove Community Center, which enables us to use as a voting precinct for that area. I was instrumental in passing a resolution to obtain a new fire truck and fire house for the Dry Valley area, which will help to keep the ISO lower. This in turn will keep homeowners’ insurance from rising. Another achievement for the 5th District will be a new bridge that connects Poplar Grove, Mt. Pleasant and Rocky Point. This will help ensure safety and eliminate some of the dangers that were associated with the old bridge. While I was chairman of the budget committee, I had the opportunity, with all other members, to acquire the funding for a new high school in Monterey and a new middle school in Baxter. This was a much needed provision, seeing that over-crowding of students had become a problem in those areas. While serving on the county commission, I have helped in the efforts to move forward in obtaining jobs for Putnam County. I am proud to be part of a county commission that approved and had the courage to promote the inscription IN GOD WE TRUST on all sides of the Courthouse. I am and continue to be a good steward of our tax dollars. With all the above accomplishments, we have maintained a strong fund balance (savings account) and continue to have a double A bond rating (good credit). I am asking for your support and vote in the upcoming general election on Aug. 7, 2014. I have proven my ability to serve as your 5th District commissioner and will continue to so. My determination and notion in striving to make the right decisions makes me a well-rounded candidate for this position. I, Terry C. Randolph, want to be YOUR 5th District county commissioner. A12 — HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, July 13, 2014 ★★★ Election 2014 COUNT Y GENERAL County Commission District 5 continued District 6 District 7 NAME: Johnnie Wheeler POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: 931-528-7328 (home) 931-5208733 (work) FAMILY MEMBERS: One son, James, and daughter-in-law Carissa Wheeler, one daughter, Monica Walton, three grandchildren, Amanda, Amia and Xavier, and two special daughters, Lisa Maynard and Kathy Roberts. Wheeler EDUCATION: Certified trainer and motivational trainer. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Life Church. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Cookeville Jaycees, past fair board member, past beauty pageants coordinator, Citizens Concern for Change, served on the victim offender reconciliation program, served on TTU interdisciplinary studies board, served on the board of the Cookeville Rescue Mission, serving on the Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Shopping, reading, interest, community services. HONORS/AWARDS: Humanitarian of the year, recipient of the Alice Littleton award, listed in Who’s Who for American Professional Women, HRA management employee award, business women of the year, named citizen of the year by the Impact group, citizens of the month by commissioners. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: President of the state county commissioners legislative committee board, chair pro-tempore for two years local county commissioners, served on Governor Bredesen’s department of safety board and homeland security and the meth taskforce, state chairperson for the county commissioners association, serves on the state departments of labor and workforce development board, president of the Tennessee county services association, chairman of national association of counties department of labor and workforce of Washington DC, and served as treasurer for NACO women of NACO committee. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 5th District County Commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: Career center coordinator/EEO WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I should be elected because I am a person who believes in service to the community. I am aware of the role of a commissioner. Because it is my belief that a commissioner must make decisions based on what is best for the county as a whole. I am aware of the budget and how we need to watch the fund balance and the way we appropriate the county’s funds. County policies have an impact on the lives of its citizens and for that reason, those citizens expect county commissioners to influence the direction of county government. I am capable and knowledgeable of this task. I am aware of the importance of the budget and that the budget is the main tool for the county to be effective. I know as a county commissioner, the responsibilities will be to authorize and have the knowledge to carry out policies for the county. Policy-making means defining high level goals and long-range outcomes for the county government. As a commissioner, I am capable to do this. As a commissioner, I will work hard to accomplish the task set for a county commissioner, which includes budgeting and appropriation of funds for all county activities building and maintaining county road, making and enforcing mandates from the state and federal mandates. I am capable, dedicated, and willing and this is why I should be elected commissioner. NAME: Michael D. Reep POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 219-9080 ADDRESS:176 Mattson St., Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Brandy Reep (wife), Madison Reep (daughter), Gavin Reep (son) Reep EDUCATION: High school diploma (Warren County HS) CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member at The River Community Church - Missions Member/Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Former reserve deputy sheriff, veteran of OIF 3, Stephens minister HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Carpentry, home repair/remodeling, electrical/electronics/software engineering HONORS/AWARDS: Army Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: None OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: District 6 County Commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: IT manager WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I believe it’s time to take a fresh look at the way we do things - from administration to budgeting. Too often we sit back and claim “there’s nothing we can do about it,” when much of the time we could do something, if only we would speak up! This is where our politicians come into play, but more often than not, those politicians are not deciding for the people. To solve this problem, I will be leveraging technology and social media to be a true “proxy of the people” and will vote according to the desires of those people I represent, not my own. I am very akin to the idea of looking for every way to save as much as possible in anything I do, without sacrificing quality. I believe there are several opportunities to save money in many areas of county operation, some by leveraging technology and others by challenging the traditional way of thinking. NAME: Bill Dyer POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 261-5417 ADDRESS: 2743 Old Salem Drive FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife Pam, son Jonathan EDUCATION: 1981 Putnam County Senior High CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: First Presbyterian Dyer CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Putnam County Fair Board 20 years plus, Cookeville Masonic Lodge 266, Fall Fun Fest volunteer, Cumberland Commandery 26 HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Gardening, music, football and travel HONORS/AWARDS: Citizen of the month PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: District 3 County Commissioner OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: District 7 County Commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: Kroger 35 years WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: As a lifelong resident of Putnam County, I would like to see the continued growth of the area while maintaining the qualities that make this such a wonderful place to live. I have seen a lot of changes through the years as the county grew from a primarily rural area to the micropolitan area it has become. I would like to help find ways for the area to grow and prosper by creating jobs and opportunities for the citizens who want to live and raise their families here. This area has been blessed with a fairly stable economy, good schools and so much natural beauty. I would like to have the opportunity to help in keeping the area progressively moving forward while protecting the heritage and history of the county. NAME: Robert “Bobby” Williams POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 644-6789 ADDRESS: 3650 Rodgers Road, Cookeville, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Sharon (Lalone) Williams; daughters, Carrie (25), Shelby (22), Amy (17), Kristin (15). Williams EDUCATION: B.S. in education and currently working on a Master’s in education. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Poplar Grove Baptist Church HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Hunting and fishing OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County commission CURRENT OCCUPATION: Salesman with Contractors Equipment (a local company that rents construction equipment to contractors, home owners and industrial customers) WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: In the past several years I have gotten really good at finding fault with the federal government. What I didn’t realize, until recently, is that many of the problems I have with Washington can be found in our local government as well. We have too many people who have turned public service from a temporary duty to a permanent position. We have a stagnant system where some will vote one way simply because someone else is voting the other way. That is why I will support reducing the size of the county commission and enacting term limits. We need county commissioners who will put aside petty differences and do what’s best for Putnam County. I think it is outrageous that Putnam County couldn’t attract any new manufacturing in 2013, while the State of Tennessee did very well. We have I-40, Hwy. 111, and Tennessee Tech; we should be doing a better job at recruiting new industry. That is why I will push for lower taxes, smarter spending and stronger schools. I am running for county commissioner because I am not a politician. I am a businessman who will stand up for my county and my district, and make decisions based on what is best for both. I will do everything I can to help bring more industry to Putnam County. I will support lower taxes, smarter spending and term limits for county government. I need your support and I am asking for your vote. NAME: Chris Savage POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 252-8358 ADDRESS: 1138 Tanglewood Drive, Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Karen Savage; son, Caleb Savage (19 years, TTU student); daughter, Courtney Savage (15 years, CHS stuSavage dent); daughter, Chloe Grace Savage (13 years, Prescott South Middle School student). EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from TTU CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ. I have served as a deacon for the last 13 years. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Putnam County Chamber of Commerce member, member of NFIB, ambassador for the Blue Cross Bowl, Title I Committee member. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Coaching girls softball, watching CHS Lady Cavs softball and basketball games, watching PSMS Lady Bulldogs softball, basketball and volleyball games, watching TTU baseball games. HONORS/AWARDS: Elected as chairman of county commission, ambassador of Blue Cross Bowl PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: District 6 Putnam County Commissioner OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Putnam County District 6 County Commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: Owner of Cream City Ice Cream and Coffee House and painting contractor. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: As a student at TTU, I met my wife of almost 25 years. We have had opportunities that would have taken us away from Cookeville, but our family is drawn to this area and where we have chosen to run two small businesses and raise our children. Giving back to the community that I have learned to love and appreciate for the past 28 years is a main purpose for me to be a county commissioner. I have a sincere concern for the taxpayer and I take every vote seriously. Being one of 24 on the commission does not hold a lot of weight. However, as a group of 24 working together to make sure that most money is appropriated correctly, budgets are efficient, and the county is moving in a positive direction does carry responsibility for the people of this community. As one of those individuals, I hope I have proven to be a good representative the past four years and I ask for your continued support to represent the people of District 6. NAME: Reggie Shanks POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: (931) 432-4757 ADDRESS: 1950 Mine Lick Creek Road, Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Married to the late Andelene Stout Shanks, I have three daughters, Gina Hooper, Pam Thomas and Penny Gilliam; seven Shanks grandchildren, including the late Brandon Thomas; and six great-grandchildren EDUCATION: Graduated from Baxter Seminary, graduated from Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy, and numerous law enforcement courses, including a first responder-hazardous material CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: A Cookeville Civitan member of 42 years HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Gardening and watching my grandchildren and great-grandchildren play ball HONORS/AWARDS: Being a member and chairman of the Putnam County Fair Board. When I was chairman in 1987-88, we won State Championship 3A Fair both years. It was an honor to be a law enforcement officer and to serve the people of Putnam County until I retired. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: First detective hired by the City of Cookeville 1963-64. Chief deputy sheriff under Sheriff Bill Bilyeu, retired from the Cookeville Police Department in 1995. I have represented the citizens of the 6th District as their county commissioner and have served as chairman of the commission several times. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 6th District County Commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I have lived in this county all my life and Putnam County is a great place to live. We have new people moving into our area every day because they know it’s a special place. We have one of the best school systems in the state, a wonderful hospital with an award-winning emergency department, good roads and recreation centers. I have worked hard to get full value of every dollar we spend and to try to keep the tax rate as low as possible. I will always represent the needs of the people of Putnam County. I ask for your vote and support for reelection as your 6th District County Commissioner. NAME: Ken Matheney POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 267-2694 ADDRESS: 1112 Belmont Drive, Cookeville, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife Beth; sons BJ and Zac Matheney EDUCATION: Graduate of Putnam County High Matheney School 1976. Served in military (Army) from 19782000. Extensive leadership training in Army. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Masons, Disabled Veterans, American Legion (past commander). HOBBIES/INTERESTS: I enjoy helping others, working with people. HONORS/AWARDS: Soldier Medal for Heroism while in Army, Retired Military Police. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: None OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: District 7 Commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: Maintenance, Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I have a deep desire to serve the people of District 7. Having been a leader and problem solver my entire career and into retirement, I want to look for ways to help the people of District 7 and Putnam County. I believe an open line of communication is the key to help accomplish high level goals in areas such as future planning and fiscal review. NAME: Mike Medley POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: (931) 432-5555 ADDRESS: 3630 Southmeade Dr., Cookeville, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Kathy; son, Christopher EDUCATION: Graduate of Upperman High School, Medley Baxter CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member of Rocky Point Missionary Baptist Church HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Going to dirt track races, football games, fishing PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Commissioner, 7th District OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Commissioner, 7th District CURRENT OCCUPATION: Employee of Putnam County Highway Department WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I would like to thank the people of the 7th District for letting me represent them these last four years and would like to ask for their continued support in the upcoming election. I have strived to serve honorably while in office and to cast my vote for the benefit of the taxpayers of this county. I follow through on what I say and have never forgotten that I represent the people. With this in mind, I always try to vote the way the majority of my district would have me to. If elected, I will continue to listen to the people whom I represent. NAME: Larry Redwine POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 510-0802 ADDRESS: 3602 N. Riveroaks Drive, Cookeville, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Mother, Pauline Redwine, and sister, Lisa Peltz Redwine EDUCATION: Attended Sinclair and Hillsborough Community College, graduate of LEO Academy CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Life Church — Parking Lot and Bag Buddies CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Rotary Sunset Club, DAV HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Art and motorcycle riding PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: None OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 7th District County Commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I am seeking the office of District 7 county commissioner because I believe that I have a responsibility to use my skills and talents for the betterment of our community. I have reached the point in my life when my working career is over, and I can now devote a much larger portion of my time and energy to service. The Rotary Club to which I belong has a motto, “Service above Self.” That sentiment has been a guide for my life. Our government was founded upon the principle that citizens should take an active role in the affairs of government and accept the responsibility of service to their fellow citizens. As a retired member of the U.S. Marine Corps and having then completed a lengthy career as a law enforcement officer, having owned and operated a private investigation firm and also having assumed a leadership role in organizing our local Cookeville DAV (Disabled American Veterans) organization. I was elected commander of our chapter and elected through the State Disabled American Veterans as 4th District commander of Middle Tennessee. I have experienced first-hand how government can really help people and how government through waste, mismanagement and incompetence can actually prevent help from getting to the people who really need it. Our Putnam County commissioners have an awesome responsibility. They must balance the needs of our county with the ability of our citizens to pay the bill. My experiences in the public and private sectors, as well as having leadership roles in volunteer organizations, have provided me with insight and understanding of how to get things done efficiently and with as little cost as possible. I truly believe that I will be able to provide insights and viewpoints that will be valuable as our county commissioners debate the issues and make decisions. I don’t seek the office for personal gain or glory but simply to do what I have always done, to put service HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, July 13, 2014 — A13 ★★★ Election 2014 COUNT Y GENERAL County Commission District 7 continued District 9 NAME: Joe A. Trobaugh POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: (931) 267-9871 ADDRESS: 6854 Thomas Twin Oak Road, Baxter, TN 38544 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Shannon Trobaugh; son, Tory Trobaugh; and step-daughter, Breanna GanTrobaugh ter EDUCATION: High school graduate CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Boiling Springs Baptist Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: None HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Hunting and fishing HONORS/AWARDS: None PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: 7th District County Commissioner OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 7th District County Commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: Foreman at Putnam County Highway Department WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: My name is Joe Trobaugh. I am currently seeking re-election for the 7th District County Commission seat. I have currently been the 7th District county commissioner for the last 14 years and have really enjoyed working for you. I was born and raised in the 7th District all of my life. My parents are Lorene Trobaugh and the late Feei George Trobaugh. I am married and have one son and one step-daughter. I take pride in family and friends. And I have worked for the Putnam County Highway Department for 25 years. I am asking that you vote for me, Joe Trobaugh, in the coming election and as always I will not let you down. Thank you for your support, because without your vote, I would not have been your county commissioner. So thank you again and please vote Joe Trobaugh working for you. NAME: John A. Allen, Jr. POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 252-2755 ADDRESS: 2290 W. Broad St., Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Mom, Georgia Lee West Allen and father, Albert Allen (deceased); brothers and sistersin-law, Jimmy (Joyce) and Jerry (Vicki) Allen; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Lee Brown (Jr.), all of Cookeville; Allen seven nieces and nephews; and 13 great-nieces and greatnephews. EDUCATION: B.S. in Animal Science, Tennessee Tech, 1967; M.S. in Animal Science, University of Tennessee, 1968 CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member of Summerfield United Methodist Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Past president of the agriculture foundation for Tennessee Tech, 2010-2012; president, Putnam County Fair Board, 2013-2014; coordinator and board member of the Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival, 2009-2014; charter member of the Patton House Museum, 2009-present; board member Tennessee 4-H Foundation Board, 2011-2014; active in animal rescue; volunteer for the United Way, Red Cross and the American Cancer Society HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Landscaping and gardening, collecting antiques, volunteer work HONORS/AWARDS: International Association of Fairs and Exhibitions, secretary 1973; Tennessee 4-H Alumni Award, 1973; Distinguished Service Award — National Association of Extension Agents Association (NAE4-HA), 1997; 25 Year Award — National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Association, 1998; served on the National Board of NAE4HA, 1991-1998 OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County Commissioner 9th District CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired and coordinator of Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Since returning to Cookeville almost six years ago, I have made every effort to become involved in the community. My goal has been to give back for all the good this county gave to me while I was growing up here and getting my education. Each time I have found a way to give back, I have also seen an opportunity to try and do more. I have never run for public office, but I will bring a wealth of private sector experience to the job of county commissioner. My background and education position me to be able to help Putnam County continue to grow and prosper. Forty-five years of working with people in education and fundraising at the county, district, state and national levels gives me a unique perspective on the challenges we face as a growing county with limited resources. My family’s life-long roots in this community help me know how wonderful Cookeville and Putnam County really are and how much we should value living here. It was the best place to grow up and it’s been the best place to retire. My volunteer work with the Putnam County Fair Board and interaction with the county commission has prompted me to want to be a county commissioner who is focused on helping the citizens of this county. When I am elected I promise to keep that focus and always be mindful that our citizens must be at the center of all government action. As your elected representative I promise to always represent you with honesty and integrity. Please vote for me on Aug. 7. District 8 NAME: Eris A. Bryant POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 252-4356 ADDRESS: 3424 Tightfit Road, Baster, TN 38544 FAMILY MEMBERS: Carson, Shaune and Julie EDUCATION: College, two years (major accounting) CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Friendship Church of God Bryant CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Girl Scout leader, president of Baxter Softball League, Baxter Beautification, chairman of planning/ chairman of public records HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Swimming, reading, riding motorcycles and softball HONORS/AWARDS: Girl Scout leader award PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: County commissioner 8th District OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 8th District county commission CURRENT OCCUPATION: Human resource WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I am asking for you to re-elect me as your next 8th District county commissioner because I am conservative with Putnam County and the tax dollars. I required all departments to be accountable for their spending. Due to the economic times, we must all be slow to spend. I have been a progressive leader, a leader looking for the best possible ways to help with over crowding in our jail, expanding ambulance and fire as well as building new schools so we have the best possible school for our children. All departments are vital to the citizens of Putnam County. As your next 8th District county commissioner, I will be a progressive leader. I will serve the people of the 8th District with honesty, loyalty and commitment and the knowledge of county government. Putnam County is a great place to live and a place our families are proud to call home. I am asking you to go vote and vote Eris A. Bryant. Thank you. NAME: Danny Holmes POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: (931) 858-3813 ADDRESS: 217 Highland Avenue, Baxter, TN 38544 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife-Mary; Son-Daniel EDUCATION: High school diploma from Upperman High School CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Boma Holmes First Church of God CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Board member - Power of Putnam, Fraternal Order of Police, Tennessee Chiefs Association HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Motorcycling, fishing HONORS/AWARDS: Tommy Burks Award OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County Commissioner 8th District CURRENT OCCUPATION: Chief of Police, Baxter P.D. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I want to be a strong voice for the people in the 8th District. My office will always be available to anyone with concerns. If given the chance, I will be a good steward of our tax dollars and county resources while protecting our family and community values. NAME: Ben Rodgers POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 510-6902 ADDRESS: 1655 Turkey Hollow Road, Baxter TN 38544 FAMILY MEMBERS: Spouse, Amy; parents, Larry and Cathy Rodgers; brother and sister-in-law, Jason and Michelle Rodgers; nieces, Alyssa and Emilee Matthews; Rodgers and nephew, Jase Rodgers EDUCATION: Upperman High School and Tennessee Tech University with a B.S. in business administration, majoring in accounting CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: My wife and I attend Stevens Street Baptist Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Rodgers’ Cemetery Board of Trustees; Community Initiative Inc. — secretary/treasurer; Cookeville Sunset Rotary — charter member HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Church, spending time with family, golf, supporting Upperman High School athletics HONORS/AWARDS: University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service MVP Customer Service award, Vice Presidential Citation Award, Project of the Year award OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 8th District County Commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: County government consultant for the University of Tennessee’s County Technical Assistance Service WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: County government is a big part of my life. My career at the University of Tennessee allows me to serve 13 counties in the Upper Cumberland concerning all matters of county government. My accounting background enables me to specialize on county finances, including annual budgets and review of county audits. I will use my knowledge of county government to better serve the citizens of the 8th District and Putnam County. I will listen to the concerns of the people of the 8th District and with the abilities God has given me to help the county commission make the best decisions for the county. I am committed to making a difference. District 10 Bradford NAME: Kim Bradford POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 528-8332 ADDRESS: 2184 N. Pine Hill Road, Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: My husband Gary and I have been married for 30 years. We have a daughter and sonin-law, Jennifer and Jason Clark, and a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Stacy Bradford. Both of my children are Tennessee Tech alumni. I also have four wonderful grandchildren. EDUCATION: I graduated from Putnam County Senior High School then attended Sullivan’s Junior College of Business in Louisville, Ky. Also during my career, I have attained a basic practitioner certification and a paraprofessional certificate. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Baptist CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: I served on the Little League board of directors and the Babe Ruth board of directors. I am a member of the Tennessee Association of Pupil Transportation. I am the TAPT region 4 director of transportation. I have been on the fair board since October 2010. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: I love traveling and spending time with my grandchildren. HONORS/AWARDS: I received the U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute, Certificate of Appreciation in 2009 PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: 10th District county commissioner OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 10th District county commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: Currently, I am the safety and training coordinator for the Putnam County School Transportation Department. I have been employed there going on 27 years. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I have had the pleasure of serving the 10th District since the last election. It has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. I have met many wonderful people, and I have worked hard to represent the people of Putnam County. I love this county, it has always been my home, and I hope it always will be. I grew up in this county, married and raised my two children here. The love that I have for this county has brought me to this point and what I hope will be the opportunity to serve Putnam County as commissioner for the 10th District for a second term. Our county’s future is promising, but we need strong leaders to guide and shape that future. Our county will continue to grow, and we need to welcome the changes that growth brings but also remember our roots and hang on to the things that make Putnam County special. With your help, we can make our county a place where everyone wants to make their home just as you and I have. Honeycutt NAME: Tony Honeycutt POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 529-1564 ADDRESS: 1649 Biltmore Drive, Cookeville TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Sherry (wife) and five kids EDUCATION: High school diploma CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Life Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Fair board nine years HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Hunting and spending time with grandkids OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County commissioner 10th district NAME: Daryl Blair CURRENT OCCUPATION: Owner of T&S Lawn Care POLITICAL PARTY: Independent WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I am a lifelong citizen of Putnam PHONE NUMBER: (931) 858-6077 County. I have retired from Fleetguard about six years ago and then started my own business (T&S Lawn Care). I have kids and grandkids who live ADDRESS: 207 Big Ben Circle, Baxter, TN FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Robyn Blair; children, in this county. I want to serve the 10th District as county commissioner to Emily, Shelby and Reece Blair; mother, Dorothy Phann; help to keep our taxes as low as possible. father, the late Robert Blair and Jack Phann; father-inNAME: Kevin Maynard law and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Faye Morris Blair POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat EDUCATION: Graduate of Cookeville High School, PHONE NUMBER: (931) 372-7539 National Fire Academy, Tennessee Fire Service and ADDRESS: 401 Shawn Lane, Cookeville, TN Codes Enforcement Academy, attended Volunteer State Community ColFAMILY MEMBERS: Marla Maynard (wife), lege. Mackenzie Maynard (daughter) EDUCATION: B.S. in elementary education 1991 CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Members of Washington TTU; M.A. school administration 1995 TTU; Ed.S. inAvenue Baptist Church, current vice chairman of Putnam County ComMaynard structional leadership 1998 TTU mission, vice chairman of fiscal review committee, member of executive CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Collegeboard of directors for Tennessee Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, district coordinator for TFCA Mutual Aid (Upper Cumberland region), side Church of Christ HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Sports, movies, technology business manager and board of directors for Tennessee Fire Chiefs Asso- OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County commissioner District 10 ciation, past president of Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association, past president CURRENT OCCUPATION: Principal, Burks Elementary School of Upper Cumberland Regional Council of Fire Chiefs Association, past WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I wish to continue to serve the resboard member of Tennessee Communications Board Policy Advisory idents of the 10th District (Sycamore and Pavilion precincts) and humbly ask for the opportunity to do so. I have spent the majority of my life living Committee. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Coach in Baxter Youth League in the 10th District. I have spent the last eight years serving on the county programs, board member of Upperman Stingers Football, member of commission in various capacities. I have served as vice-chair of the fiscal review, vice-chair of budget, and as a member of both the rules and ethics Cookeville Lodge F&AM 266, Al Menah Shrine I am also currently the commission parliamentarian. I believe HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Spending time with my family, farming, committee. that I have gained much useful experience in the last eight years that could hunting and fishing. be a benefit in my service for the district. HONORS/AWARDS: Serving the people of the 9th District as county I supported the construction of the new emergency services facility, health commissioner, Tennessee Fire Chief of the Year, Cookeville Jaycees Out- department, Algood and Prescott South school projects and the new middle standing Public Service Award. school for Baxter and new high school for Monterey. When a new jail annex PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Current county commis- was twice recommended to be located in the 10th District, I worked tirelessly to see that it did not become a reality. sioner for 9th District. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County commissioner for 9th Dis- I supported and voted for the establishment of our first full time county fire department, which will benefit many of the residents of the 10th District trict and Putnam County. I also supported the establishment of the Bridge reCURRENT OCCUPATION: Cookeville Fire Department (Captain), tirement plan for our county police and fire department personnel. Putnam County Fire Department (Chief) I believe that Putnam County is a wonderful place to raise a family. With WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: My family and I were born and your continued support, I will continue to promote and support policies that raised in Putnam County and have never left our roots. Putnam County is will keep Putnam County a wonderful place to live for the future generahome to us and always will be. Putnam County is a GREAT place to live tions as well. and raise a family. I believe the future is bright for Putnam County and NAME: Carol Vinson want to be a part of making it happen for everyone. It has been an honor POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat to serve and represent the people of the 9th District and Putnam County PHONE NUMBER: (921) 526-3575 this past term as county commissioner. I have always been open and honest ADDRESS: 329 Linneaus Ave., Cookeville, TN38501 with government affairs concerning the 9th District and Putnam County. FAMILY MEMBERS: Husband, Bobby Vinson; two I have always listened to advice and thought out situations before acting, daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy and Kevin Bilbrey and to try and get as much information as possible to make the right decision. Trenda and Mickey Murphy I am a conservative who believes tax dollars should be spent wisely and EDUCATION: High school, licensed cosmetologist Vinson and some vocational school get the best value for it. I understand what hard work is. I’ve been blessed CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member by a family who understands that hard work pays off for the future. Being a county commissioner is not just a name, it should be someone who has Double Springs Church of Christ common sense, high morals and values to make the right decisions. I was CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: I served on the Putnam County Board for six years. raised by my parents to hold and carry these purposes in life and have done Fair HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Judging fairs in the Middle Tennessee area, that with honor and I’m proud of commitment I have to do this. I humbly working in the yard with my flowers ask for your vote and support in the primary election in August. HONORS/AWARDS: I was honored that I was chosen to serve on the Tennessee State Fair Association Board of Directors for three years. NAME: Benton Young OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County commissioner 10th District CURRENT OCCUPATION: Accounting tech for the State of TenPOLITICAL PARTY: Independent nessee Department of Health PHONE NUMBER: (931) 372-7676 WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: To the people of Putnam County: ADDRESS: 3720 Jake Drive, Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Autumn; daughter, Ad- Hello, my name is Carol Vinson and I’m seeking your support as I begin my campaign for county commissioner of the 10th District. As a long-time dison resident of Putnam County, I am familiar with the challenges we face as a EDUCATION: Upperman High School, Vol State community; high unemployment and increasing taxes just to name a few. Community College If elected, one of my goals is to lower the rate of unemployment in Putnam Young CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Center County. I will work with the other commissioners and organizations that Grove Church of Christ will bring jobs to Putnam County. Recently, it came to my attention that Tennessee is one of the worst states in our nation for senior hunger. As citCIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: IAFF izens, we cannot turn a blind eye to this growing problem. Our seniors deHOBBIES/INTERESTS: Target shooting, studying history OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County commissioner 9th District serve better and should never be forgotten. In addition, I promise to help CURRENT OCCUPATION: Lieutenant Cookeville Fire Department; improve education for our young people. I would like to see more afterschool programs where children can interact with each other, while conowner Black Rock Services tinuing to learn in a safe and supportive environment. I know that if given WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I want to see the county continue a chance, I could make a positive impact on their lives. Putnam County is to grow and be as prosperous as it can be. I have lived in the 9th District a great place to live. I will fight to keep low taxes so that it remains one of my entire life. I look forward to working for the people of the county and the most affordable cities in America. Your support would be greatly ap9th district and will do the best job I can in representing you. I appreciate preciated. Vote for a change. Vote Carol Vinson and let’s make Putnam County a better place for everyone. your support and vote. A14 — HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, July 13, 2014 ★★★ Election 2014 COUNT Y GENERAL County Commission District 11 District 12 NAME: Marsha K. Bowman POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: (931) 526-1325 ADDRESS: 8255 Anson Road, Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Husband, Mike Bowman Sr; son, Mike Jr. and wife Katrina; son, Bowman Jamie and wife Priscilla; son, Juston and wife Betty; grandchildren, Madison Isabella, Milo Bowman; and parents Geraldine Woolbright and the late Samuel Woolbright EDUCATION: GED, Tennessee Technology Nursing School of Livingston. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Life Church in Cookeville CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Work with Bangham Community Center Board, UCHRA Academy, volunteer for Meals on Wheels HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Working in a library at Bangham Community Center, Hollis Moore Loftis Library for the community HONORS/AWARDS: Employee of the year NHC PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: 11th District county commissioner OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 11th District county commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired from Cookeville Regional Medical Center WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I worked 6 1/2 years for NHC and 13 1/2 years for CRMC. I see how people struggle to clothe, feed, educate and care for their families and loved ones. I’ve seen the elderly choose doing without food and medication so they could pay their light bill. I’ve worked to have a new building for the Bangham dump site, parking lot paved, education classes at the community center for the community and flu shots offered. I have worked hard to make Putnam County and the 11th District a better place to live. I never voted for a tax increase while in office. I want to keep working for the 11th District and Putnam County and stop wasteful spending. I have worked for a tax freeze and voted to have a tax freeze for our seniors and tax relief (which we could do both). NAME: Mike Atwood POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 783-0123 ADDRESS: 1002 N Plantation Dr., Cookeville TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife Irene; children Ronny, Angelle and Jody; and six grandchildren. Atwood EDUCATION: A.S. Mortuary Science, BBA Business Management CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Life Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Secretary Putnam County Regional Planning Commission, past board member of Upper Cumberland Regional Airport. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: District 12 representative of Putnam County Commission 2006-present, chairman 2012-2013. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County commissioner 12th District CURRENT OCCUPATION: Property manager, Premier Medical Park WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Putnam County is on the verge of experiencing tremendous growth, both in population as well as business. For the past eight years, it has been a privilege to assist in bringing about that progress. But the job isn’t over. Growth brings challenges which require vision and planning to manage. Without them, a community will become reactive as opposed to proactive. I believe leadership is about seeing beyond today, planning for the future and having the time to effectively determine the best course of action to achieve our goals. My pledge and commitment is to continue the progressive and positive direction we’ve started by listening to the people, exercising common sense, fully studying the issues, and bathing it all in prayer before making decisions. Irene and I wish to thank the citizens of the 12th District for their past support and confidence and humbly request your vote and endorsement in the upcoming election. Let’s keep Putnam County moving forward. Buttram NAME: Donny Buttram POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 260-3957 ADDRESS: 3831 Post Oak Circle, Cookeville, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Daughter, Michelle Hale and husband Jason Hale; two granddaughters, Anna and Audrey Hale EDUCATION: Monterey High School, Ten- nessee Tech CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: 32nd degree Mason (Scottish Rite) HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Hunting, fishing, lawn and garden, motorcycles PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Alderman, City of Monterey OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County commissioner District 11 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Cumberland County 911 communications director WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Dedicated to helping people in Putnam County with more than 20 years service as an EMT and firefighter. Knowledge of public finance and budgets. Dedicated to listen to people’s concerns and issues pertaining to county government and address those issues as to what’s best for our county along with living within our means of revenue without burdening our citizens more. Harness NAME: Dewayne Harness POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 260-3223 ADDRESS: 5425 Village Road, Cookeville, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Mildred Harness, mother EDUCATION: GED CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Life Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Fishing, hunting, refinishing antiques OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 11th District commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: Contractor WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I want to give back to Putnam County of myself. Eighty percent of the public does not know who or what their commissioners do. I want to get the people of Putnam County more involved with local politics. If elected, I will pay myself back the amount I have spent under $1,000, and give the rest of my pay every month to charities and mission work. I am not a wasteful spender. I will vote on your money and mine to be spent wisely. Thank you. NAME: Kathy Sharp Finley POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: 931-854-1753 ADDRESS: 150 E. Washington, Algood FAMILY MEMBERS: Husband Roger, son Matt and daughter-in-law Amanda, granddaughters Calli and Maci, son Derick Finley, stepson Chris Finley and Finley Amy, grandchildren Alex and Katie Beth. EDUCATION: High school graduate CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Life Church HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Gardening, camping and antique hunting PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Beer board in Algood OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: County commission — 12th District CURRENT OCCUPATION: Averitt Express, collection agency coordinator WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I’ve lived in Algood most of my life and grew up in Algood schools. I have family and many friends in District 12 and I would love the opportunity to give back to the community that has been and continues to be a significant part of my life. If elected county commissioner, I can assure taxpayers that I will make smart decisions about how their tax dollars are spent. I’m a very honest and forthright person and I will make decisions based on what is right and what makes the most sense. Each of us work hard to pay our taxes and deserve to have representatives in office who will make conscientious decisions when it comes to spending. I want to join other commissioners who have the same goal and become part of a team that will have a positive impact on our county. I feel that the education of our children is important and the decisions made by county commissioners can have a major impact on our schools each year. I support education and will support our schools. I have enjoyed meeting people in my district and look forward to meeting many more. I welcome anyone who has questions or would like to talk with me about our district to please contact me. Please vote for me for county commissioner in District 12. It would be my honor to serve you. NAME: L.D. Herron POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 537-3618 ADDRESS: 2748 Deerhaven Drive, Algood, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Sherry EDUCATION: Putnam County High School Herron (1964-1968) and BA from TTU (graduated in 1972) CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Christian Community HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Golf, fishing, grandchildren OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 12th District County Commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: Construction WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I have been in construction most of my adult life. I learned early that success in any endeavor comes from lots of careful planning with an eye to purpose and cost. I will spend the county’s money as I do my own — carefully and with an eye toward doing the best for the county and the taxpayers. NAME: Cathy Qualls Reel POLITICAL PARTY: Independent PHONE NUMBER: (931) 537-9519 ADDRESS: 2418 Pinehill Road, Algood, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Husband, Richard Reel (30 years); son, John Reel; mother, Marie Qualls; and Reel late father, Lynon C. Qualls EDUCATION: Business classes, computer, certificates in business — online courses, marketing CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Methodist CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Algood Lions Club, Putnam County Fair Board, Algood T-ball, Algood Little League, Cookeville Babe Ruth, Cancer Society (Call A Friend), volunteer with TSSAA Football state tournament, volunteer with Fall Fun Fest, WCTE Auction, Algood Beautification Committee HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Traveling, horse shows, basketball HONORS/AWARDS: Algood Lions Club Achievement Award Sight Service chairperson (1999-2000), board member numerous awards for Putnam County Fair Board (Champion of Fair in 2008) PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: 12th District County Commissioner OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: 12th District County Commissioner CURRENT OCCUPATION: Office administration with Wallboard Supply/FBM in Algood, Tenn. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I have worked very closely in helping put Putnam County in the best financial shape the county has ever been in. In doing this, we have paid off $6 million in debt, helped citizens of the Poplar Grove area receive water and helped conserve the funds for the county to move forward in many projects and growth to better the quality of life for our citizens in Putnam County. I have served on numerous committees in county government. I am currently vice chair of planning committee, worked with the road department, serving on the road committee, and have helped give numerous awards to citizens and employees of Putnam County. I have worked in the business and sales market for more than 30 years. I have worked on budgets, bids and grants in the business world, which will allow me to become a good commissioner. I have worked with children, parents, teachers, coaches and citizens in this community to better serve. This office I will serve with integrity, honesty and hard work for the citizens of the county and in the 12th District. I will always work toward the best of the community and the future of Putnam County. I am a life long resident of this community and cherish every day. This is why I have a special interest in our community. I will work very closely with everyone in Putnam County to keep our future moving foward, always working for the future. NAME: Curtis A. Shinsky POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 537-2882 ADDRESS: 4203 Plantation Drive, Cookeville, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife - Pat EDUCATION: High school Shinsky CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: President of the Upper Cumberland Realty Association 1997 and 1998. Instrumental in bringing Cookeville its first computerized multiple listing service. Board of directors of the Upper Cumberland Christian Homes, three years. Chairman of the Putnam County Republican Party 2008-2012. President of the Kiwanis Club of Putnam County 2012-2013. Builders club at Avery Trace Middle School. Military service, Navy 1958-1962. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Golf and gardening HONORS/AWARDS: Kiwanian of the year 2011-2012 PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: None OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Commissioner for the 12th District CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I would be a hard working and involved commissioner. I’m a man of ideas, action and organization. I like to see things get done. I intend to hold town hall type meetings every four months to inform and answer questions of the folks in the district. I’m interested in the schools and the children in them and also our teachers. Having a wife who taught for 31 years, I have heard first hand about the concerns. I would like to see new ideas, things that would enhance our community for the betterment of all who live here. Better fire protection for the 12th District and a better equipped sheriff’s department are just two things that we can do to make living in Putnam County better. I would like to give you an insight into my business experience. I have spent 38 years in the real estate business. I had my own real estate company in Livonia, Mich. I was first licensed in 1974, and received my brokers license in 1980. I was the president of the largest realtor association in Michigan at that time, Western Wayne and Oakland County Assoc. of Realtors. I was also president of Realtor Services Corporation and helped to bring a regional multiple listing service to South East Michigan. After retiring and moving here in 1996, because of my experience, I was approached by the Upper Cumberland Realty Association to run for the presidency of the association. I served as president for two years, 1997-1997. I married Patricia Denny of Baxter in 1968, and have been coming to this area since then. I hope to bring my experience to the county commission and serve the people of Putnam County. I’m knocking on doors and asking for your vote and getting to know you and your concerns. Thank you. Absentee voting If you are unable to appear at your polling place on Election Day, or during the early voting period at the office, you may request a by-mail ballot for the following reasons. (First time voters who registered by mail are not allowed to vote absentee the first time. You can call the office at (931) 526-2566 if you are in doubt.) 1. You are 60 years of age or older; 2. A physician has filed a statement with the county election commission stating that, in the physician’s judgment, the voter is medically unable to vote in person. The statement must be filed with the Election Commission not less than seven (7) days before the election and signed under the penalty of perjury. Go to www.putnamco.org/election. 3. You will be out of the county of registration during the early voting period and all day on Election Day; 4. You are a student (or spouse of a student) enrolled in an accredited college or university located outside the county of registration; 5. You are a resident of a licensed nursing home which is outside the county; 6. You are hospitalized, ill or disabled and therefore cannot vote in person, then call the office for details; 7. You are the caretaker of a hospitalized, ill or disabled person; 8. You are a candidate for an office in the election; 9. You are serving on a state or federal jury; 10. You are an election official in the election or an employee of the election commission; 11. You are observing a religious holiday; 12. You have a Commercial Drivers License, CDL (or are the spouse of a person possessing a CDL) or you have a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), and will be out of the county during the early voting period and all day on Election Day, and have no specific out-of-county or out-of-state address to receive mail during this time. You must enclose a copy of your CDL or your spouse's CDL or TWIC card. 13. You are a member of the military or you are an overseas citizen. (Complete a Standard Form 76, which is the appropriate application from armed forces, their spouses and any overseas voters. This form may be obtained from their Postal Services). If your request contains the following information, a ballot will be mailed to you: name, date of birth, Social Security Number, residence address, phone number, your reason for voting by mail, which election you wish to vote (including any party affiliation), where to mail the ballot if out of the county and your signature. If your request is incomplete for any reason, an official application must be mailed to you and returned to our office before a ballot can be processed. Only the request for ballot may be faxed to this number (931) 526-8724, e-mailed with an attached document that includes a scanned signature or hand delivered to our office. The delivery and return of the “ballot” must be done through the US mail. If you have problems please contact our office at (931) 526-2566. Last day to receive request for by-mail voting or doctors statements is seven days prior to the election. Your request must be in the office by the close of business that day. HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, July 13, 2014 — A15 ★★★ Election 2014 COUNT Y GENERAL Monterey NAME: Peggy (Buttram) Matheney PHONE NUMBER: (931) 260-7805 ADDRESS: 323 Woodcliff Road, Monterey, TN 38574 FAMILY MEMBERS: Husband, Marace (53 years); two sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and Rhonda Matheney and Robert and Lorna Matheney; Matheney a grandson, Daniel Matheney (Navy) and wife Amy; and three brothers, Johnny, Bill and Donny Buttram EDUCATION: Monterey High School, 60 hours of New Horizon’s computer classes CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member of First Baptist Church, Monterey; attend First Baptist Church, Byrdstown CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Chairperson of Fleetguard Retirees Chapter 1407 HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Sewing, needle art, crafts PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Alderwoman (four years) OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Mayor of Monterey CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired from Fleetguard and United Auto Workers WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Most of all, I have time to give to my city! Experience: served as auditor for UAW for 17 years; teaching at University of Tennessee for 17 years, financial officers class. I have no hidden agenda, no one in my family is employed by the city, so I would not have a conflict of interest assuming the business of Monterey. I like working with people, working together, bringing new ideas, treating everyone with respect and the way I want to be treated. I feel like I have time. Time is precious but I am willing to serve if I am elected! Wiggins NAME: Bill Wiggins ADDRESS: 108 W. Cleveland Ave., Monterey, TN 38574 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife: Kay; sons: Mike and Ken; daughters-in-law: Regina and Kristen; grandchildren: Benjamin, Anna and Asher EDUCATION: Monterey High School; B.S. in mathematics from Tennessee Technological University; M.A. in guidance and counseling from Tennessee Tech; Ed.S in Educational Psychology from Tennessee Tech CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member of the Monterey United Methodist Church, finance committee and choir CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Justice of the Peace (Squire) on the Putnam County Quarterly Court, Monterey Civitan Club, Monterey Depot Historical Society, National Railway Historical Society (NRHS)- Monterey Chapter, Nashville and Eastern Railway Authority board of directors, Monterey Hilltop Chorale, and Monterey Senior Citizen Center HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Bicycling, fly fishing, model railroading, saxophone and grandfathering HONORS/AWARDS: Civitan of the Year, Jack Deere Memorial Award, Outstanding Leadership and Exceptional Service Award from Civitan International PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Monterey Alderman, Ward 4 OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Monterey Mayor CURRENT OCCUPATION: Officially retired but partnered with wife as owners and operators of BenAnna’s and Asher’s Spare Time Hobby and Bicycle Shop and Consignment Mall in downtown Monterey WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Monterey’s charter specifies that, “The Mayor shall have general supervision of all municipal affairs and execute all contracts and conveyances authorized by the board.” For starters, that charge to supervise and execute, as I perceive it, entails fiscal (money) management, personnel management, public relations, negotiating leases and contracts, serving as an advisor and resource to the board committees, the planning commission and other related boards, serving on regional committees and boards by virtue of the position, keeping abreast of law and regulation revisions and enactments affecting Monterey, knowing who to talk to and what to say when connecting with federal, state, and county legislators, bureaus and business/industrial prospects. I have a fair amount of formal education, but my professional life and volunteer work, provide a wealth of experience and know-how in all of the aforementioned areas. I was, for a time, executive director at LBJ&C Development Corporation. This was a six county community action agency accountable to a board of directors, and the watchful eye of auditors. During this time, I initiated the execution of all contracts, and grants, as well as, performing all the duties of the position which were strikingly similar to the office of mayor. I served as a consultant in public administration with the Continuing Education Department at UT-Knoxville. I spent 30 years as a financial advisor with Waddell and Reed counseling individuals, families, businesses and institutions relative to the basic principles of financial planning and sound money management. My volunteer and civic work has put me alongside others, the young and not-so-young, who are the heart and soul of our community. We have labored together to achieve well planned objectives using our brains, our time, energy, and sometimes our money to make Monterey a more livable, competitive, attractive, and appealing town. I have spent multiple terms in leadership as president of Civitan, the Depot Society, NRHS-Monterey chapter, and the Monterey Commerce Association. My track record bears out that I am results oriented, and not one prone to lag or stall. My parents hailed from what has been called “America’s Greatest Generation” and I am anchored in the values and ethical absolutes they passed on to my two sisters and myself. I am comfortable in my own skin, warts and all, and I am ready to hit the ground running in overdrive for the town I love. Alderman Alderman Ward 1 Mayor NAME: Amy Clark ADDRESS: 816 S. Poplar St., Monterey, TN 38574 FAMILY MEMBERS: Jerry Clark Jr. and Abbie, Allison and Jerry Oliver III EDUCATION: Tennessee Technology Center in Crossville, business certificate CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member of Victory Christian Center in Monterey for 24 Clark years CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Girl Scouts, teach Children’s Church and active in worship ministry at Victory Christian Center HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Having family time, reading books and watching good movies HONORS/AWARDS: Monterey High School honors graduate PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Monterey alderman OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Mayor of Monterey CURRENT OCCUPATION: Substitute teacher for Putnam County Board of Education WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Monterey is a wonderful place that has great potential for growth. I am running for mayor to not only see through the projects currently underway in our city, like the updates with our infrastructure, but to help keep Monterey moving forward. In addition to the infrastructure, I will also continue to press for solutions to our city’s flooding issues and focus on the youth of our community by working to develop new opportunities and programs for them. I believe in the united efforts of our board, city employees, civic organizations, and the many volunteers working together to make Monterey an even better place to call home. Baxter Murphy NAME: Jeff Murphy PHONE NUMBER: (931) 644-3368 ADDRESS: 726 Morgan St., Monterey EDUCATION: Monterey High School CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Monterey First Baptist Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Monterey Hilltop Chorale HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Music, cooking, an- tiques, hiking PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Monterey alderman, planning commission and board of zoning OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Monterey Alderman, Ward 1 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Averitt Express WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: Serving the past four years as alderman in Monterey, I have grown to have a better appreciation for our great town. If re-elected to serve another term, I look forward to working with a new board on improvements in Monterey. Our water and sewer being a major priority in hopes to bring more business and industry to Monterey. I would also like to work on getting some things/activities for the youth in our town. Your vote of confidence is greatly appreciated. Alderman Ward 3 NAME: Nathan Walker ADDRESS: 104 East Price Ave., Monterey, TN 38574 FAMILY: Lori Walker, Barrett Walker, Alayna Walker EDUCATION: Cornell University — School of Hotel Administration Walker CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Monterey Downtown Inc., Monterey Business Expo Committee, Monterey Community Guardians OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Monterey Alderman, Ward 3 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Hotelier WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I am seeking election as 3rd Ward alderman in Monterey because I want the residents of Monterey to have a voice in their future. We deserve leadership who listens to the people, acts in the best in interest of the community and finds ways to bring the community together. It is time to move into the 21st Century and make the improvements needed to attract new businesses, keep the established business community healthy and build/promote a tourism base of revenue that can be continually expanded upon. My main objectives as alderman are very simple: to make Monterey a better place to live, a better place to do business, and be a place where neighbors can get back to helping neighbors. Every so often, new ideas need to be introduced and new perspectives presented for a community to grow and compete in an ever expanding marketplace. Now is the time for the leaders of Monterey to truly start working together for the future of our city, put aside personal issues and move forward with viable plans for increasing our revenue base, decrease non-vital project spending and change the regional perception of our great little town. I believe that my experience can be of service to the Monterey community. About me, I am not a politician. I am neither a Republican nor Democrat, however I do consider myself a Christian conservative. I am open minded to the facts as they present themselves. I believe that when people work together more gets accomplished. I believe that when leaders set aside their sense of self and personal grudges the entire community benefits. Focusing on the positives and working to eliminate the negatives are primary objectives for any business and any business community. My experience comes from more than 15 years in the hotel/resort industry taking care of people, listening instead of talking, and always trying to find a way to help. I have been an active part of the Monterey business and civic landscape for the past five years. Some of the committees I have been involved in are Monterey Downtown Inc., Monterey Community Guardians and Monterey Business Expo to name a few. All of these groups have missions that include building up Monterey while providing value and service to the entire community. I will continue working for the people if I am elected Alderman. Thank you for your consideration and your vote. NAME: Willie D. Allison ADDRESS: Baxter FAMILY: Wife, Christy Allison; son, Trey Allison; and daughter, Autum Allison EDUCATION: 1991 graduate of Upperman High School CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Cedar Baptist Hill Allison HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Spending time with family and working in the yard. HONORS/AWARDS: Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year; U.S. Air Force medals and awards. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Baxter Alderman OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Baxter Alderman CURRENT OCCUPATION: Tennessee Highway Patrol WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I decided to run for the position of city alderman in the year 2010, four years ago. My goals were to be a voice for the citizens of Baxter, and to improve upon our city’s emergency services. In the last four years, our police department has greatly improved. Chief Danny Holmes was appointed as the Baxter police chief in 2010. Chief Danny Holmes has ensured that our city now has aroundthe-clock police protection. Chief Holmes and his officers are committed to serve and protect the citizens of Baxter. Our police department is now greatly respected throughout the state. Chief Chris Holmes of the Baxter Fire Department continues to make our fire department one of the best in the state. Chief Chris Holmes has secured full time fireman/paramedic work shifts to respond to our citizens in medical emergencies. Chief Holmes has also lowered the ISO rating to a 4 for our city. I truely believe that our citizens’ safety should be a top priority. I will continue to be a strong supporter of Baxter emergency services. As a city alderman, I am proud to stand up for your concerns. I will continue to assist in managing the tax payers’ money in the most efficient way possible. I strive to be a positive voice for the citizens of Baxter and I am asking for your vote on Aug. 7. NAME: Jeffery A. Cummings ADDRESS: Baxter FAMILY: Wife, Tonya Cummings; and four grown children EDUCATION: High school graduate; 2 years in Texas Community Collage; Master Instructor 1989; Hazmat 1998; Environmental Coordinator 1996. ACTIVITIES: Retired First Sergeant with more Cummings than 20 years active duty; Branch: Infantry, Army HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Hunting, fishing, boating HONORS/AWARDS: 2 National Defense Medals, 5 Army Commendation Medals, 2 Meritorious Service Medals, 2 Humanitarian Medals; 7 Army Achievement Medals. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: None OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Baxter Alderman CURRENT OCCUPATION: Self-employed at The Whistle Stop in Baxter. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I know there are not many people who have heard or know the name Jeffery Cummings. No one in my family has ever been involved in politics at any level. Nevertheless, I believe my background and experience would be beneficial to the city council. My commitment to Baxter started when I moved here 10 years ago. I purchased some property and opened a small restaurant on Broad Street four years ago. All four of my children graduated from Upperman High School and I moved to the city limits around two years ago. I do not have any personal projects or agenda that I want to see happen to city hall, other than a more efficient and effective government. Whenever I have told people that I am running for city alderman, they almost always say, “Good! We need a change at city hall!” They explain that they have become frustrated that city government does not solve problems or offer solutions. While I believe that the council members are good representatives and they have accomplished many good things, I also believe that change is good. I believe that new council members are able to bring new ideals to help the community and all the people it serves. I have spent more than 20 years in the military and have traveled all over the world, leading people. I have been in charge of more than 300 people with up to 40 million dollars of equipment. While stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, I was the senior non-commissioned officer in charge of operations with more than 20,000 migrants in our camps. I had to coordinate with more than eight government and non-government agencies in ensuring their safety, wellNAME: Billy Whalen Jr. being, food, shelter and overall daily activities. I was also an PHONE NUMBER: (931) 839-7609 instructor, teaching leadership to all first and second level leaders in ADDRESS: 112 Stratton, Monterey TN 38574 the military in the early 90s, as well as the senior instructor at The FAMILY MEMBERS: Merle, Ann Welch, Benny, Ohio State University, teaching operations and leadership to future officers in the military from 1998-2002. Tyler and Brittney Whalen I believe that I would be a good representative in city hall and can EDUCATION: GED CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Eight help further better the City of Baxter. I look forward in serving the people and hope that you would support me with your votes. Whalen years city councilman HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Golf and fishing NAME: Josh Dempsay PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Monterey Alderman, ADDRESS: Baxter, Tenn. Ward 3 FAMILY MEMBERS:Wife, Carole Dempsay; and 3 Ward Alderman, Monterey ELECTION: SEEKING OFFICE two children, Madison and Bryson. CURRENT OCCUPATION: Owner of Whalen Auto Sales EDUCATION: EMT-IV and Firefighter I WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I have lived in this community CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES:The most of my life. I have run and owned my own business for more Community Church River than 20 years. I have been on the city council for eight years. ReCIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Volunteer elect me so you and I may use my use my experience to help Mon- Dempsay firefighter for 14 years terey to move forward. Thank you, Billy R. Whalen. Camping, being on the lake, 4-wheelHOBBIES/INTERESTS: Note: Rebecca Iaquinta, candidate for Ward 4, did not submit a ing profile. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: None OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Baxter Alderman CURRENT OCCUPATION: Firefighter WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I would like to serve on Baxter City Council because I have great pride in my city and its members. I believe it would be a great way to become even more active in my community. It would be an honor to be a part of the team that helps Baxter reach its potential. Phillips NAME: Greg Phillips ADDRESS: Baxter FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Suzie Phillips; and sons, Greg II and Bailey EDUCATION: 12 years grammar/high school; 4year apprenticeship program NeJate Electrician HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Master Mason - Shriner, camping, raising beef cattle PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Baxter Alderman OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Baxter Alderman CURRENT OCCUPATION: Electrician WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I would appreciate your vote to reelect me to sever another term as city alderman. I will continue to serve the people of Baxter to the best of my ability. I feel the board has made great progress in the past four years. I would like to be involved in making the town of Baxter progress to greater levels by bringing in opportunity of employment, entertainment and a clean and safe town. A16 — HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, July 13, 2014 ★★★ Election 2014 COUNT Y GENERAL State Algood Mayor Council Executive Committeewoman NAME: Scott Bilbrey PHONE NUMBER: 931-319-5901 ADDRESS: 153 Alcorn St., Algood FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Angie Smith Bilbrey; daughters, Saige, Emily and Tasey, and son, Talyn; grandchild, Carter Hall; and parents, Gary and Beulah Bilbrey. EDUCATION: Graduate of Putnam County High Bilbrey School, attended Volunteer State Community College, graduate of Tennessee Tech University with a degree in paramedical medicine, graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, license certified as EMT-Paramedic, fire chief, and completed State of Tennessee Leadership Class. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Attends Vine Branch Community Church and a member of Rapture Ready Family Gospel. CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Former Algood fire chief and firefighter and former vice-chairman of the Algood Board of Zoning and Appeals. As Algood fire chief, applied for and received a grant from the Energizer battery company to replace smoke alarms in senior citizens’ homes and housing complexes; applied and received a grant from the Division of Forestry to purchase fire department equipment to drop the ISO rating at no cost to the Algood taxpayers; applied and received two grants from the Tennessee Department of Commerce for smoke alarms for the citizens of Algood at no cost to the citizens or city. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Gospel singing, spending time with family and camping. HONORS/AWARDS: Being a Christian, husband and father, recipient of Putnam County Commission Citizen of the Month and voted community protector by peers. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICE HELD: None OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Algood mayor CURRENT OCCUPATION: Tennessee Highway Patrol, capitol detail. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: My purpose for seeking the office of Algood mayor is because I have a vision for Algood. This is a very important time for the city of Algood and in my vision for the future of Algood, I see an amazing story. I see a town that is an appealing place to live, work and raise a family; I see a town that builds upon its assets and invests in its people and their community; I see a town that fulfills its obligation to its senior citizens; I see a town that fosters growth and opportunity throughout all areas of the town, not just a few isolated areas; I see a town working together for every citizen. My principles are simple: Integrity, honesty, transparency and collaboration with the people of Algood. I believe that adherence to these principles will change Algood negative political image. Algood is my home and has been for more than 17 years. Algood has given much to me, it only seems right that I give back to my city. As I enter this journey, I could not do this without the support of my family and you, the citizens of Algood. If elected mayor, I will need your strength and support going forward. I promise you, I will be a good steward of your tax dollars. I want you to know that I have heard you and I will continue to listen. I am committed to winning this office! I am motivated by a deep and abiding passion to strengthen Algood by connecting the community to an honest agenda that provides a direction for the city that so many are eager to see and that we all deserve. I promise to be the voice you deserve! I am ready to be your mayor and promise to work for a stronger Algood. I would be honored to receive your vote on Aug. 7. NAME: Kirk Dyer PHONE NUMBER: 931-537-2875 ADDRESS: 175 Sandy Rd., Algood FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Amy; sons, Alan and Ethan EDUCATION: Graduate of Upperman High School (1985), associate degree (1987) from ITT Dyer Technical Institute CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Head coach, Algood Middle School baseball HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Coaching baseball, camping and vintage cars OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Algood City Council CURRENT OCCUPATION: Route sales WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: In the last four years, I have been fortunate to be a member of the city council. During that time, the city has seen many improvements, both large and small, with more in the future. Each year has seen a balanced budget and a surplus at the end of each fiscal years. I would enjoy serving the citizens of Algood again as a councilman, continuing to build on the improvements already made, making sound fiscal decisions and providing the best services possible to its citizens. NAME: Patty M. Dycus POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 260-4942 ADDRESS: 1005 E. Sixth St., Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Married to Dr. Richard Dycus; two children, Megan and Will Dycus Dycus EDUCATION: B.S. chemical engineering, M.S. chemical engineering, Ph.D. chemical engineering CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member of Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Member of Phi Kappa Phi, DAR, Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Reading, tutoring chemistry, cooking, shopping HONORS/AWARDS: Mortar Board Apple Polishing Award, PKP Honor, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committeewoman, District 15 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Dycus Dental, manager of special projects; TTU, adjunct professor of chemistry; Real Estate Gulf Shores Condo Rental WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: You should vote for me for state executive committeewoman because I have a vision for the Republican Party of this district. As a life-long resident of the Upper Cumberlands, I understand our needs, our values and our dreams. With hard work and dedication, we can grow the Republican Party in this area. We need to get the message out that the Republican Party is the party that believes in freedom, democracy, honesty and the American Dream. NAME: Hugh Adams PHONE NUMBER: 931-537-2273 ADDRESS: 275 Dry Valley Rd., Algood FAMILY MEMBERS: Kathy Adams EDUCATION: Algood School and Cookeville Central High School CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ Adams HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Golf, gardening and traveling HONORS/AWARDS: Sales awards through the years PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Algood vice-mayor, Algood city council and Algood board of zoning appeals OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Algood mayor CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired and auto sales WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: The reason I should be elected as mayor of Algood is to continue the progress we have made over the last four years. I want to give the citizens of Algood the great service they are now enjoying which makes Algood a great place to live and raise their families. Safety is our number one priority. We would like to get new businesses to locate in our great city! I have a business in Algood (Adams Auto Sales). I have been in management for more than 30 years with Pepsi-cola and 20 years in the auto business (formerly with Heritage Ford). I have leadership experience and my goal is to do whatever is in the best interest of Algood and its citizens. Over the last years, we’ve acquired an ambulance station in Algood. It is staffed for 12 hours a day. If elected, I would work toward getting 24/7 staffing for the ambulance service for our community. I would also like for us to continue improvements for repairing our roads, and building sidewalks while keeping our tax rate low. I am asking for your vote for another four years of progress. We have a great community and we want to make sure that it stays that way. I am here for the citizens of Algood and would be glad to answer questions for anyone. Don’t forget, early voting begins July 18 and ends Aug. 2. I would appreciate your vote then or on election day, Aug. 7. I am ready to serve the citizens of Algood for four more years! Hawkins NAME: Ruby Hawkins PHONE NUMBER: 931-537-3839 ADDRESS: 3147 Deerhaven Dr. N., Algood FAMILY MEMBERS: Husband, the late Bill Hawkins; daughter, Naomi Hawkins Hogan; son-inlaw, Tony Hogan; grandchildren, Gracie and Trey Hogan EDUCATION: Attended Algood High School CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: The River church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Assisting the elderly with housekeeping, cooking, baking and just visiting with them. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Keeping my grandchildren, visiting and talking to the citizens of Algood. HONORS/AWARDS: Being a mother and grandmother PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Algood City Council 2006-2010 OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Algood City Council CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired from Wilson Sporting Goods WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: My purpose for running is to restore public trust in the Algood city government and to be the eyes, ears and voice for all of the people. I love people and enjoy giving back to the community. Algood has been home to me and my family for many decades and has given much to me, and I want to do my part in making Algood a town for all the people. My desire is for each citizen of Algood to feel that they are a vital part of this town and that the city hall and employees work for them. I also want to see a friendlier atmosphere at city hall. I have spent many hours visiting and talking with the citizens of Algood, and I want you to know that I have listened and heard your concerns. My principles are simple: honesty, fairness, hard work, treating everyone as an equal and being a good steward of the citizens’ money. I want to see a town working together and not apart, and I know that I can make a positive difference. I promise you that I will work tirelessly and do my best to spend your “money” wisely. My door is always open and I will always welcome your comments and ideas. I would be honored by your vote on Aug. 7. NAME: Dr. Richard Heard PHONE NUMBER: 260-4516 ADDRESS: 172 W. Main St., Algood FAMILY MEMBERS: Mother, Susan Heard of Tupelo, Miss.; brother, William Heard of Tupelo, Miss.; father, Rick Heard of Murfreesboro; brother, John Heard of Memphis. Heard EDUCATION: BS in biology from the University of Mississippi, BA in biochemistry from the University of Georgia, doctoral of dental surgery from the University of Tennessee CHURCH MEMBERS OR ACTIVITIES: Trinity of Algood, First United Methodist Church and church of Christ CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Member of the American Dental Association and Tennessee Dental Association, served as secretary of the 4th District Tennessee Dental Association. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Fitness activities, singing, songwriting and guitar playing, planting flowers HONORS/AWARDS: Served eight years in the Army National Guard, served in Desert Storm, Eagle Scout, leadership award in Officer Candidate School OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Algood City Council CURRENT OCCUPATION: Dentist at Algood Family Dentistry WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I am very blessed to live in Algood and Putnam County, from Tupelo, Miss. The people whom I serve are very kind and wonderful. Everyone in our community wants to lend a helping hand. With my experiences in the United States Army, the universities I have attended and friends I have made, I have been blessed with leadership capabilities. I would like, with our community’s support, to listen to what our community has to say and implement their plans into action. NAME: Hannah Horseman POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 621-3446 ADDRESS: 714 P. Brewington Road, Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Husband, Hamilton “Bombdog” Horseman Horseman EDUCATION: Skidmore College, class of 1982 — English and philosophy major CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: St. Thomas Episcopal Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Jackson County Republican Party, Upper Cumberland Association of Realtors, Cumberland Art Society HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Horseback riding, golf, boating, painting HONORS/AWARDS: Lifetime Multi-Million Award, Realtor Association of Martin County (Florida); Multi-Million Dollar Achievement Award, Upper Cumberland Association of Realtors; graduate of Leadership Jackson County for the Governor’s Three-Star Program OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committeewoman, District 15 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Real estate broker, Horseman Real Estate LLC WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I am the most conservative candidate for this position on the ballot. My beliefs reflect my faith and core values, faith in our creator and the understanding that our rights are God given and thus inalienable. The Constitution and Bill of Rights were created by men of faith and, in my opinion, were divinely inspired. I pledge to defend these principles in all of my decision making as committeewoman. I believe in lowering taxes, defending the unborn, that marriage is between a man and a woman, enforcing our immigration laws (not amnesty), balancing our budget and I am against Common Core. I am not afraid of standing up to the status quo if I believe the spirit and principles of our founding documents and State Constitution are being violated. As small business owners, my husband Hamilton “Bombdog” Horseman (also see executive committeeman) and I have had to be good stewards of our resources. I have been bound by the Realtor Code of Ethics for the last 27 years, a standard for conduct, ethics, integrity, honesty and accounting for all funds. I am the wife of a 100 percent combat disabled Vietnam veteran who shed blood for his country. I have experienced first hand the need to make the V.A. more accountable to our veterans and their families and fulfill the promises that were made when these men and women agreed to sacrifice themselves in defense of our country. I will do all within my power to make sure veterans needs are addressed in our state. NAME: Geeta McMillan POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: (931) 260-5931 ADDRESS: 1282 Old Kentucky Road, Sparta, TN 38583 FAMILY MEMBERS: Two children, five grandchildren McMillan EDUCATION: High school, Cookeville Central High; B.S. in education, TTU; master’s degree, Vanderbilt University; Eds — Education, TTU; doctorate, Tennessee State University CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Member of First Presbyterian Church, Sparta CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: White County E-911 Board of Directors and Boy Scouts of America Board member HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Reading, gardening, taking care of grandchildren PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Tennessee Democratic Party State Executive Committeewoman, District 15 OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Tennessee Democratic Party State Executive Committeewoman, District 15 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Clinical supervisor, TTU College of Education WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: As a native Putnam Countian and a current resident of White County, I currently serve the six county District 15 as the committeewoman of the Tennessee Democratic Party. During my tenure, I have traveled often to each county and try to stay in touch with the needs of my constituents. HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, July 13, 2014 — A17 ★★★ Election 2014 COUNT Y GENERAL State Executive Committeeman NAME: John Benedict POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 432-0479 ADDRESS: 5619 Dogwood Drive, Cookeville, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Betty, four daughters and six grandchildren EDUCATION: A.A. liberal arts; B.A. industrial adBenedict ministration CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Elder Cumberland Presbyterian Church, serve on the Mission Ministry, treasurer of Murfreesboro Presbytery CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: President, Deerfield Pointe HOA HOBBIES/INTERESTS: NRA member, grandchildren’s school and athletic activities OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committeeman, District 15 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Manufacturer’s representative WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I believe there is an opportunity to improve the communication between the six county Republican Parties and the State Republican Party. This is a chance for me to be a strong voice in Nashville for Republicans in Senate District 15. I also see a drift away from the Republican ideals that I was brought up to believe in and a trend of an abandonment of the principles enshrined in our Constitution. NAME: Dennis Gregg POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: (931) 484-9033 ADDRESS: 185 Hood Drive, Crossville, TN 38555 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife: Louise Gorenflo; son: Forest; daughter: Elizabeth EDUCATION: B.A. political science, Vassar College; M.S. ecology, UT Knoxville; EdS, TTU Gregg CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Crossville Friends Meeting (Quaker) CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Chairman of Cumberland County Democratic Party, Obed Watershed Community Association, founder and former director of Cumberland Good Samaritans and Avalon Center HOBBIES/INTERESTS: White water canoeing and rafting, hiking HONORS/AWARDS: Numerous awards for environmental work, political work and work on agricultural and poverty issues PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: State Democratic Executive Committee OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Tennessee Democratic Party State Executive Committeeman, District 15 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Executive Director, Obed Watershed Community Association WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: The Tennessee Democratic Party was long the majority party in Tennessee. Polls show that the majority of Tennesseans agree with the positions of the Democratic Party and Democratic Party values. The Party, however, has only recently recognized how important providing support for county parties and candidates is. During the past four years, I have worked hard to get the state party to understand that campaign techniques of the past are no longer effective and that county parties are essential to effective campaigns. For too long, the party has been dominated by a small group of people and have shut out the grassroots from real decision-making on the direction of the party. The State Executive Committee has become more actively involved in setting the direction of the party, the staff is becoming more professional and experienced with more continuity from year to year. The campaign tools available to candidates are becoming better and better, and the quality of both candidate recruitment and training has improved. There is still work to be done. More support is needed for county parties, particularly those counties where the county party has struggled or is struggling. The process of recruiting and training candidates needs to start earlier so that campaigns can be well thought out and the message is clear. Re-electing me to the State Executive Committee ensures that the new steps that have been taken to reform the Party will continue and momentum will not be lost. NAME: Hamilton “Bombdog” Horseman POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 510-3062 ADDRESS: 714 P. Brewington Road, Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Hannah Horseman Horseman EDUCATION: B.S. business, NYIT; MBA, NYU CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church CIVIC/COMMUNITYACTIVITIES:Work with veterans and veterans issues HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Hunting, woodworking, equestrian, K-9 training and GSD breeding HONORS/AWARDS: Military service — CIB and P.H. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committeeman, District 15 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Owner, Horseman Real Estate WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: As a disabled Vietnam veteran who served two tours in Vietnam, I am very disappointed and saddened by the direction we are going. We have it backward with this oligarchy at the helm. Rule needs to come from the citizens up to the leaders; they have lost touch with us and forgot they work for us. I am a conservative, constitutionalist, that feels states’ rights come before this federal over-reaching. Goals I would like to accomplish if I am elected: 1. Develop a better way of being available and communicating with the party members, so information flows two ways. 2. There are several things I will be trying to develop and getting support from the other 65 members of our committee: to close primaries or not; to find support for the 50 percent + 1 votes to win a primary election or else there will be a run off. Currently we have Democrats running in our Republican party. Most of us know who they are yet they end up being spoilers that influence the outcomes and not always in the direction of the true candidate that would best serve our party platform. As a combat disabled Vietnam veteran who has shed blood for this nation, I have a duty to continue to put veterans’ issues at the forefront of awareness. We have been so busy teaching our children how to pass a test and what to think on social issues that we have lost the ability to teach them how to think. Not every child is geared to attain a higher academic challenge in college. We need to make available other trade schools and equip our young people to support themselves with skills that will employ them. The drug problem in all our counties needs to be addressed as a cancer killing our children. The answer is to change the sentencing laws on dealing make those who would sell death go away and never come out. The answer to recovery is in the faith of the Lord, for only He can give the strength and courage Persson NAME: Lance Persson POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 432-5379 ADDRESS: 2309 Herbert Garrett Road, Cookeville, TN 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife: Deana; son: Tyler Dean; daughter-in-law: Katie; pets: Jasmine and Graci EDUCATION: AAS degree in mathematics; B.S. degree in computer science; master’s degree in business ad- ministration CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Support family who attend Life Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Treasurer of the Putnam County Republican Party, 2011-2012 HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Develop/maintain websites for small GOP county parties at no cost, develop websites that are focused on informing voters on current issues. HONORS/AWARDS: Vietnam service ribbon, air medal with four clusters OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committeeman, District 15 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired computer consultant/analyst WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I am a conservative Republican who believes in the literal interpretation of the Constitution and in the principles outlined in the current Republican platform. My personal motto is: “What people do is more important than what they say.” If voters want a candidate who has already been working at helping local GOP parties become stronger, they should consider voting for me. During the last two years I have: 1. Developed and implemented websites for five different GOP county parties and never charged for my services. I currently maintain four of these websites for free. 2. Created a brochure showing the differences between the Republican and Democratic party platforms. These brochures have been used/distributed by four local county GOP parties in our state SEC district. 3. Been the only candidate that has actively attended the state GOP Executive Committee meetings (as a guest observer) during the two years prior to the start of this election. 4. Designed and implemented an online internet system to survey all 111 state SEC candidates on where they stand on the major political issues. The survey responses can be seen at TnGOP.net. I hear a lot of passionate talks by candidates who tell us all the problems that the Republican party and our nation face. My focus is not on repeatedly telling others what is wrong. I think most of us are already aware of the problems. If elected, my efforts will be in keeping county Republican parties informed of what transpires at the State Executive Committee meetings, listening to the concerns and suggestions of local county GOP parties and sharing that information with the state Republican party. I will also be working on establishing a coalition of conservative SEC members. Its purpose will be for conservatives to work together rather than independently on encouraging the state party leadership to select candidates who believe in following the Constitution and in supporting the party’s platform. I encourage everyone to get informed of where all the SEC candidates stand on the issues and use the candidate’s past performance to judge how well they will do if elected. There are many good candidates for this position. Vote for the one who has shown he cares and has worked to help local county Republican parties. Vote for the best PERSSON, Lance Persson. NAME: Alan Rader POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: (931) 260-7947 ADDRESS: 1240 E. Hudgens St., Cookeville, TN 38501 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Ronda Rader, and sons, Derek Rader, Ryan Rader and Rick Rader EDUCATION: B.S. engineering geology, B.S. Rader electrical engineering CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Caney Fork Baptist Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Vice chairman, Putnam County Republican Party; chairman, Candidate Recruitment Committee; chairman, Contest and Credentials Committee; member, Sons of Confederate Veterans. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Caving, hiking, fishing and hunting HONORS/AWARDS: 2008 delegate to the RNC Convention, 6th Congressional District OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committeeman, District 15 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Owner of small drilling company WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I have served two terms as secretary of the Putnam County Republican Party and am currently serving as vice chairman of the Putnam County Republican Party. My experience has best prepared me to serve the county parties in my district. Recruiting Republican candidates is one of the primary purposes of our State Executive Committee. I have actively played a role in recruiting candidates from the county level to the state level in several counties across the district. I am chairman of the Putnam County Candidate Recruitment Committee and chairman of the Contest and Credentials Committee. It is no accident that we had 31 Republicans running for county offices in Putnam County and that 10 out of 11 Republican judicial candidates in the district are from Putnam County. Your state executive committeeman should be familiar with the Tennessee Republican Party bylaws, the bylaws of the county parties within his district and keep current on state election laws. I discovered a defect in our TRP bylaws eight years ago that prevented the district from having a Republican on the ballot in two judicial races in 2010. I was the first one to submit changes to those bylaws to the TRP Rules and Bylaws Committee and spoke before the SEC on two occasions. Those efforts because of myself and others led to a change in rule “J” that insures that no one county can prevent the other counties in the district from having a judicial election. Serving as an inspector for the Putnam County Election Commission has helped me to understand the policies and procedures for designing fair and secure caucuses and re-organizations of our county parties. I am also the only candidate that has testified at the State Senate about our election process. Other than the incumbent, I have attended more SEC meetings than any other candidate, and I am the only one who has submitted changes to the SEC Rules and Bylaws Committee and attended those meetings. If elected, I will make sure that every county has the information necessary to do what we have accomplished here. Web page: tennesseerader.com; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Facebook: Elect Alan Rader — State Executive Committee Walsh State Representative 42nd District Williams NAME: Ryan Williams POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: 931-526-4163 ADDRESS: 208 N. Jefferson Ave., Cookeville FAMILY MEMBERS: Abby (Bates) Williams (17 years married), Tyson (son, 12-years-old), Carson (daughter, 10 years-old) EDUCATION: B.S. biology — Carson Newman College 1996 CHURCH: Life Church, Cookeville CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Co-founder of the After Dark Series. Events include the After Dark — Race for the Park 8K, After Dark — Kids for the Park 1 mile Fun Run and the After Dark — Movies in the Park. Mayhem for Mustard Seed Ranch. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Children’s sporting and after-school events, soccer, beekeeping, travel HONORS/AWARDS: GOPAC — Emerging Leader 2011, 2011 U.S. delegate to Japan with the American Council of Young Political Leaders, 2012, 2014 Exchange Club/Stephens Center Award for the Prevention of Child Abuse, 2014 “Defender of Liberty” award by the American Conservative Union, 2014 Champion for Prosperity award from Americans for Prosperity, 2014 Chairman of the House Rural Economic Development Committee, Legislative Chairman of Tennessee Republican Party — Red to the Roots. PREVIOUS OFFICES HELD: Cookeville City Council from 2006-2010, 42nd House of Representatives from 2010-present. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Tennessee House of Representatives, 42nd District CURRENT OCCUPATION: Director of business development, J&S Construction Co. (15 years) WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I should be elected to the 42nd District House of Representatives because being a member of the Tennessee General Assembly should always be about you, your family, our community and our Upper Cumberland values. The challenges facing our state require a servant leader, one who listens to their constituents and works diligently to be an advocate for our community and state in an ever-changing marketplace and society. Since first elected to serve you as Cookeville city councilman, and now as your current state Representative, I have sought to do just that and I believe my voting record is a reflection of our collective values. As your elected representative, I have sponsored or supported legislation which reduced our overall budget by cutting waste in government. We have reduced taxes on all citizens of our state by reducing the sales tax on food, as well as repealing the Death Tax and cut the Hall Income Tax for seniors. Together, we have fought to push back against the synthetic and opioid drug epidemics and are currently working to find new and better ways to protect our state from this plague while protecting our ideas and values for future Tennesseans. We have also made great strides in terms of economic and community development by the number one state in the nation to start, grow or relocate a business. Since being elected in 2010, the state has added more than 168,000 new jobs and Tennessee has been recognized as the hub for automotive manufacturing in the United States. We have also been recognized as the fastest improving state in the country for education due to our scores on the Nation’s Report Card. We also understand that the future marketplace will require a better educated workforce. Our “Tennessee Promise” was the first of its kind in the nation, and will allow students who graduate from high school in 2015 the opportunity to go to college for two years — free of charge. If honored to be elected by you, the 42nd District, I will continue to be the servant leader you have come to know. Abby and I appreciate the opportunity to serve you and would be honored by your continued support by voting for me, Ryan Williams, for state Representative. Walsh NAME: Mike Walsh POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: 931-526-8349 ADDRESS: 3526 Gra Mar Dr., Cookeville, 38506 FAMILY MEMBERS: 7 dogs, one cat EDUCATION: AIM(E); graduate of Penn State with a business degree CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: Church council CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Volunteer advocate/activist; charter member of PFLAG, Cookeville; Equality Project of the UC; Tennessee Health Care Campaign for the UC; planning committee for Upper Cumberland PRIDE, Inc.; PCDP — chair. HOBBIES/INTEREST: Bonsai, gardening, photography, collecting fountain pens HONORS/AWARDS: Certificate of appreciation — 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 from Morris Dees, Certificate of Courage OFFICES SEEKING ELECTION: State Representative District 42, and Tennessee Democratic Party State Executive Committeeman District 15. CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: The majority of the 43 years living in Cookeville have been involved with giving a voice to those individuals who never realized they had a right to a voice in the pursuit of their rights and to those who could not adequately express themselves to protect the rights given them by law or regulation. Representing these people in civil administrative procedures before administrative law judges and other people in the appeals process with the IRS, as well as researching state laws and regulations as well as federal laws and regulations has given me the experiences to act on behalf of Tennesseans in District 42. It has also prepared me to act on behalf of Tennesseans residing in the 15th Senatorial District as Tennessee Democratic Party Executive committeeman. I have worked on behalf of families living in dire poverty and on behalf of working families and businesspersons in the rapidly vanishing middle class. The NAME: Mike Walsh governor and some members of the general assembly have lost sight POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat OFFICES SEEKING ELECTION: State Repre- of the needs of the people they were supposed to be in office to repsentative District 42, and Tennessee Democratic resent and to help those Tennesseans build better lives for themselves. Party State Executive Committeeman District 15. The small businessperson and the working families of Putnam County and all Tennesseans need representation in Nashville that will focus efforts on them and not on the big money, deep-pocketed donors. A18 — HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, July 13, 2014 ★★★ Election 2014 COUNT Y GENERAL State Senate 15th District NAME: Paul Bailey POLITICAL PARTY: Republican PHONE NUMBER: 615-741-1963 ADDRESS: 252 Lowery Rd., Sparta, 38583 FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife, Amy; children, Jordan, Caleb and Korry Bailey EDUCATION: Graduated White County High School, attended Tennessee Tech University CHURCH MEMBER/ACTIVITIES: Past president of the White County Fair Board, member of Farm Bureau, member of the NRA, charter member of the Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: American Quarter Horse Association, Tennessee Quarter Horse Association, East Coast Reined Cow Horse Association, National Reined Cow Horse Association, Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association. HONORS/AWARDS: 2012 NRCHA Stock Horse Person of the Year PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Formerly served as chairman of the White County Commission, past chairman of the Airport Industrial Park and Financial Management committees. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Tennessee State Senate, District 15 CURRENT OCCUPATION: Currently serving as Tennessee State Representative, 43rd District; VP and general manager of C.B. Trucking, Inc. in Sparta. WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I am seeking the Tennessee District 15 Senate Seat because that honor requires a person with down-home values, of proven business accomplishment and experience at both the county and state levels of government. I grew up on a farm in the Upper Cumberland and I know the lessons of hard work and frugality that such a life teaches. Being a third generation trucker, I developed my father’s business from one truck and one driver into Charles Bailey Trucking, Inc., a contract hauler, operating more than 60 18-wheelers throughout much of the U.S. and providing upwards of a hundred good paying, full-time local jobs. Managing such a business provided me with the financial experience necessary to serve as both chairman of the White County legislative commission and chairman of the county’s financial management committee. When the opportunity arose, members of the White County Commission chose me as the most qualified to fill an unexpired term as state Representative of the 43rd District, a position I currently hold. Farming is the principal industry of the Upper Cumberland and is where I still have my roots. I have been honored to be a member of the Tennessee Farm Bureau to serve as a charter member of the Farm Animal Coalition of Tennessee, director of the American Quarter Horse Association and chairman of the East Coast Reined Cow Horse Association. Making my home on a horse and cattle farm in the Cassville area of White County has given me first-hand experience in dealing with the over-reaching governmental regulations that make farm life difficult these days. But we need to advertise the benefits of Middle Tennessee to large employers seeking a low-tax, good labor force location, while still focusing on the needs of our existing small businesses. Given the opportunity, I feel my farm background, my record of business success, plus my legislative experience, both at home and in Nashville, make me uniquely qualified to now work for the benefit of all the homefolks of the Upper Cumberland. NAME: Matt Swallows POLITICAL PARTY: Republican CURRENT OCCUPATION: Vice president, Swallows Insurance Agencies and mayor of Cookeville PHONE NUMBER: 931-252-0605 ADDRESS: 703 N. Washington Ave., Cookeville FAMILY MEMBERS: Wife of six-and-a-half years Swallows Kelly, daughter Channing (3 1/2 years old) and son Xavier (two years old) EDUCATION: Livingston Academy, bachelor’s degree in finance from Tennessee Tech University CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: First United Methodist Church, Cookeville CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: He is an active member of the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce as well as the Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce. Swallows also serves on the Putnam County Joint Economic and Community Development Board, the 911 Board, the Nashville and Eastern Railroad Authority Board, the Executive Board of the Disabled American Veterans, and the Cookeville Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees. Swallows has previously served on the Cookeville City Planning Commission, the Relay for Life Team Captain for the Swallows Agency, and was a graduate of Leadership Overton and Leadership Upper Cumberland. He was student body president at Livingston Academy. In 2001, Swallows earned his financial security license and currently serves as vice-president of Swallows Insurance Agency where his family has been in business since 1956. Matt has received insurance industry designations of CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) and CRM (Certified Risk Manager). HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Running, golf, spending time with family HONORS/AWARDS: In 2010, Swallows received the most votes in the Cookeville City Council election and was unanimously appointed by his fellow councilmembers to serve as mayor of Cookeville until 2014. PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Cookeville City Planning Commission, mayor of Cookeville from 2010-2014 OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Tennessee State Senate, District 15 WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: When I was a young man, my father taught me that nothing was more important than working hard, telling the truth, and fighting for things you believe in. My entire life has encompassed all of those traits, but I have also found out through my professional career that public service can be an honorable profession. Too often legislators are subject to unwarranted criticism and many individuals are not interested in taking a political journey filled with turmoil. To reach the level of success in public office, I believe that individuals must fight for ideas that strengthen our state and protect the traditional values that made our country great. I’d like to think in the Upper Cumberland, folks would call that backbone, or maybe just plain old common sense. I’m ready for that challenge. I’ve had the honor to serve as Mayor of Cookeville for the past four years and recognized that nothing can be successful unless all resources of strength and knowledge are sitting around the table to accomplish a common purpose. In terms of job growth, we’ve had unprecedented success and have created an environment which has attracted companies to our area. Our workforce is second to none and we have utilized the opportunities Tennessee Tech brings to our region. This has not happened by chance, many have worked tirelessly to help our community thrive and prosper. I believe I’ve been a part of that success, but I also understand there is more work to do. Jobs are created by people on the local level who know how to work together, promote their region, and protect their community. I’ve been blessed to grow up in an area where neighbors care for each other and trust still matters. I’ve grown up in a business created by my grandfather who believed that people need protection and that you word is your bond. His insurance business grew from the back of a car to one now which has three offices located in Overton, DeKalb and Putnam counties. I would be proud to carry that business experience with me to the state senate and work with my friend Governor Bill Haslam. The most important things in life are faith, and family and I can assure the neighbors of this district that I will do everything in my power to protect and defend the rich conservative values of Tennessee. It would be an honor to serve. Visit www.mattswallowsforstatesenate.com or like Matt Swallows for State Senate on Facebook. NAME: Betty Vaudt POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat PHONE NUMBER: 931-265-0619 ADDRESS: 63C Eastgate Circle, Cookeville FAMILY MEMBERS: Two daughters, Jodie Bartlett, current crisis services director for Volunteer Behavioral Health Services, and Mary Summerlin, currently deployed active duty Army Vaudt medic; one son-in-law and five grandchildren EDUCATION: Bachelor of arts in special education, master of arts in educational psychology and counselor education; education specialist, educational psychology and counselor education, all from Tennessee Tech CHURCH MEMBER/ACTIVITIES: Heavenly Host Lutheran CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Founding member and former board chair of Power of Putnam Community Anti-drug coalition, founding member and former chair of Children in Disasters — The Upper Cumberland Project, board member of the Upper Cumberland Council on Children and Youth, board member of the Upper Cumberland Association for the Education of Young Children, member of the Southern Early Childhood Association, member of the National AfterSchool Association (national NAA presentations on ethics and bully prevention) and former member, former local chapter board chair and treasurer of the American Association of University Women. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Reading, writing poetry PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: None OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Tennessee State Senate, District 15 WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: As I was considering your question of why I should be elected, I thought of author Rufus Fears’ four qualities of a statesman. A statesman must have the following: A bedrock of principles — One of my bedrock principles is that Tennessee needs legislators who are committed to the needs of ALL Tennesseans. I have lived and worked for more than 30 years in the Upper Cumberland region. Through the course of both my professional cover and my community involvement, I have been a constant advocate for issues relating to women, children and working families. In the Tennessee legislature, I will be a voice for the middle class. A moral compass — In today’s politics, too many decisions are made based on whoever is shouting the loudest at the political wind of the day. I am not a politician and will make decisions based on sound judgment and not partisanship. Tennessee needs legislators who will make sound decisions based on well-researched, future oriented, fact-based policy. One of the most important things that I will do as your state senator is listen to all sides of an issue before casting a vote. I will consider the benefits, drawbacks, and the possible unintended consequences of a bill before casting a vote. A vision — I have a vision for the Upper Cumberland in which hard working Tennesseans have jobs that pay a living wage, child care workers and teachers are supported, feel honored and respected for the professionals they are, and are listened to when they talk about best practices for the children they serve in their classrooms, and a state in which our beautiful environment is protected for future generations. I see a future where Tennessee leads the nation in renewable energy with high-paying jobs in technology and manufacturing. The ability to build a consensus to achieve that vision — I believe my track record in various organizations provides that I have skills to bring people together to meet a community vision. Much of my leadership has been behind the scenes, working to build consensus to help programs become successful and meet their missions. Power of Putnam started out as a few people around a table with a good idea, to bring together diverse sectors of Putnam County to create a safe and drug-free environment for all residents. The Children in Disasters was formed in response to a national report out of concerns for child welfare. Again, I lead a diverse, collaborative group of individuals to help make both of these programs successful. I will work across political parties to create the best future possible for Tennesseans. NAME: Gary Steakley POLITICAL PARTY: Republican CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired Federal Law Enforcement deputy director of criminal investigations PHONE NUMBER: 931-570-4697 ADDRESS: PO Box 445, Cookeville, TN, 38503 Steakley FAMILY MEMBERS: Parents, the late Billy and Jean Steakley; sons, Eric Steakley and Kevin Steakley; sisters, Suzanne Steakley Buck and Sharon Steakley Thurman. EDUCATION: Graduate of Putnam County High School; bachelor of science in administration of criminal justice, American University, Washington DC; Crime in Commerce masters program, George Washington University School of Law, Washington DC; extensive law enforcement training programs at the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department Training Academy, FBI Academy, U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. CHURCH MEMBER OR ACTIVITIES: The River Community Church CIVIC/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Lifetime member, Fraternal Order of Police; executive board member Washington DC Lodge 1F (1973/1979); assistant scout master, Boy Scouts of America (1996/2001); Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association member; served as director for Development of Environmental Crimes Training Program; Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, state and local training programs; guest lecturer at the Environmental Law Institute of America; author/contributor to the Sierra Club Magazine; volunteer firearms instructor, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Ga.; served as an advisor to the United States Senate judiciary committee, political corruption investigations, United States Department of Defense. HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Sailing, cooking, reading history, spending time with our family, camping and boating. HONORS/AWARDS: FBI Directors Commendation, J. Edgar Hoover (1969); Outstanding Performance Award, Chief of Police, Metropolitan Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, Washington, DC (1973); U.S. Department of Justice Outstanding Service Award, Deputy Attorney General for Land and Natural Resources, Washington, DC (1983); Administrator’s Commendation, William D. Ruckelshaus, administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency (1983); Judge Advocate General’s Award for Outstanding Service to the United States Army, Judge Advocate General Sutter, United States Army (1992); Meritorious Service Award, United States Department of Justice, Richard Cullen, United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (1992); nominated for appointment to serve as the Deputy Director for Operations, United States Marshals Service, Washington DC, Congressman Jimmy Quillen, Tennessee, chairman of the rules committee, United States House of Representatives (1991). PREVIOUS PUBLIC OFFICES HELD: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, DC, recruit/trainee (1968-1970); Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC, detective II (1970-1981); U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Enforcement Division, Washington, DC, deputy director/assistant chief for criminal investigation (1981-1988); U.S. Department of Defense Inspector General, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Washington, D.C.; supervisory special agent (1988-1989), San Francisco, Calif., assistant special agent in charge (1989-1991), Los Angeles, Calif./Van Nuys, Calif., special agent in charge (1991-1995), Los Angeles. OFFICE SEEKING ELECTION: Tennessee State Senate, District 15 WHY I SHOULD BE ELECTED: I am a native of Cookeville and my family goes back more than six generations. My grandfather, W.A. Steakley, founded W.A. Steakley and Sons, a chicken, egg and poultry company that served the UC for more than 60 years, providing many jobs. I grew up working alongside my father delivering produce to groceries, restaurants, TTU and many public establishments. I witnessed the struggle of our citizens to make a living, especially in rural areas. I followed the American Dream, traveling to Washington, DC, where I pursued a career in law enforcement for more than 26 years. I was recognized by President Ronald Reagan who asked me to accept a Presidential Appointment as Deputy Director of Criminal Investigations to pursue the significant fraud and corruption in several U.S. agencies. My successes in several agencies are well-documented, exposing corruption and saving the U.S. government millions being stolen by corporation and government employees. I managed a multi-million dollar budget in federal law enforcement agencies where the fine men and women federal law enforcement agents recovered many millions from corrupt corporations, including foreign nationals who infiltrated our agency financial systems. In 2010, I was the Republican candidate for the Tennessee state Senate, in which it was alleged that I came within 183 votes of winning out of more than 40,000 votes cast in the election. Significant irregularities still exist today surrounding the 2010 election in Putnam County involving false precinct reports and tampering with electronic voting machines. A Tennessee state Senate committee held public hearings in which even they acknowledged evidence of more votes being recorded on voting machines in certain precincts than there were voters signed in the election registers. This is a matter of public record in the Tennessee state archives, where video recording exist online for the viewing of our Tennessee residents. We must restore the integrity of the election process in Tennessee to insure fair and impartial elections without fear of retaliation. The Putnam County Election Commission acknowledged in sworn civil dispositions their spending thousands of taxpayers dollars commis- sioning the John Harris Law Firm in Nashville to investigate the voting fraud in Putnam County. The report of investigation with the Harris Law Firm remains secret, having never been made public for the citizens to see the results. It remains a secret file at the law firm and its attorney, John Harris, represented to the Tennessee Senate that the report remains sealed utilizing “Attorney/Client Privilege” by Putnam County officials. The citizens of Putnam County and the state of Tennessee deserve to know the truth revealed by this investigative report paid for by taxpayers monies. The majority of the people of the UC obey the law and live right, expecting integrity to be maintained by our officials. The people deserve a senator who will expose corruption at the highest levels of government to maintain confidence in our public officials. I personally fought corruption in Washington, DC, for 26 years, which in one major corruption investigation I was acknowledged by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, resulting in the felony convictions of government employees at the highest levels of the U.S. Department of Defense. Our community faces enormous challenges ahead with unemployment and increasing crime. I recognized the UC was being passed by in terms of new employment while area bordering the UC consistently acquire new jobs from major corporations. I possess the depth of knowledge and experience to pursue acquiring new jobs for the UC. I will be your full-time senator working to acquire jobs from high tax states where corporations are seeking alternatives with significant quality of life such as we have here in Tennessee. I am also a previous small business owner and know all too well the burdens of unnecessary taxes and government regulations which need to be eliminated. All too often, many of these taxes go to fund government programs that are wasteful and frequently payment of political favors. I am running to return integrity to our Tennessee government and I have a new perspective on the problems facing our state, such as Common Core, which I strongly oppose. I have worked across the spectrum from Washington to California, discovering one universal theme — “It’s easy to spend other people’s money.” I have the relevant experience, having managed multi-million dollar budgets in more than one U.S. government agency. I will be your voice in Nashville, demanding our legislature stand firm and reject federal government mandates, such as ObamaCare, that are clearly in violation of our states rights as contained in the U.S. Constitution. Lastly, our quality of life is paramount to the future success of our children. We must demand the creation of an excellent school system to prepare our Tennesseans for the future. I firmly believe in term limits and promise to serve only one term unless the citizens of Tennessee demand one additional. I will not under any circumstances serve more than two terms, as this was not the intent of our founding fathers. I have no special interest business — my special interests are all the citizens of Tennessee.