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Best of the Best • The Brownsville States-Graphic • Thursday, July 29, 2010 - Page 19

Howse voted Best Public Official

Since his first run in 1986, Haywood County politician Sonny Howse has never had any opposition for his office. Which yields to no big surprise Howse was voted in the States-Graphic Best of the Best as Best Public Official. The 71-year old hometown native has been serving as the Haywood County Trustee for a distinguished 24 years, making him currently one of Haywood County’s longest serving politicians. “If you’re elected by the people in this county, you’ve got to accommodate them,” Howse said behind a desk full of mounds of paperwork. “And you have to be friendly and have a good attitude.” This wasn’t Howse’s first gig as serving the residents of Haywood County. Before running for office he owned and operated a service station. “I ran because I thought I could serve the citizens of Haywood County,” he added. “And someone has got to do the job.” But he’s quick to assure his successfully run county office is not all due to his watchful eye. “It’s not about me, it’s about the ladies in this office, all of us working together.” Working together he said to handle over approximately $50 million and he assured every penny is accounted for. “As of May 31 we have approximately $15 million in investments in Haywood County, which is all

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secured. Every dollar that we make in investments is just something that doesn’t have to be added to the tax roll.” “Anyone can spend money, but you have to invest and make money to be successful in this office,” he informed. Howse, no stranger to anyone, said hands down the best part of his job, is meeting the public and helping them in any way he can. “I’ll help anyone with tax reliefs if I possibly can,” Howse said. “I’ve had people come in and they’ve got behind on their taxes and I just tell them, ‘tell me what you can do and don’t back up and I’ll see that nobody bothers you.” He commented he’s served as long as he has because he loves what he does. It is the perfect combination of two of his favorite pastimes, “numbers and helping people.” “I’m just fortunate and blessed to be where I am today,” he smiled. “Just very blessed.”

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