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Local candidates seeking office Thursday

Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 5:57 pm

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — With the Aug. 4 State Primary and County General elections upon us, the Moore County News reached out to local candidates running for office and asked them to respond to two questions. Only those candidates running with an opposition were asked to participate. Along with their name and the office they are seeking, the responses of those who participated follow; some responses have been edited for clarity and length.

 

Milton Ferrell , Metro County Road Superintendent

MILTON FERRELL

MILTON FERRELL

—Why are you seeking re-election?

“I am seeking re-election because I would like to continue improving and maintaining our county’s roads and bridges while staying within our budget. I would like to continue serving the people of Moore County and working with the other county departments for the future of our road system.”

—What are your qualifications?

“Forty-plus years in the construction field has given me the opportunity to work many jobs from operating heavy machinery to managing large projects while staying in a budget. The majority of work was involved in the excavating, clearing and building of roads and right-of-ways, including supervising contracted paving projects on private, county and state roads. This has given me a full understanding of the work and cost involved in all phases of road construction and maintenance.

“During my terms in office, I have been elected by the 26 highway superintendents of the surrounding Middle Tennessee counties to serve as President of the Tennessee County Highway Officials Association for Region 3. I also serve on the TCHOA Board of Directors representing those counties at the State level.”

 

Chris Bateman, Metro County Road Superintendent

CHRIS BATEMAN

CHRIS BATEMAN

—Why are you seeking election?

“I want to make sure every citizen is treated fairly when it comes to the decision making process of who gets their roads paved. I’m confident I’m the best qualified person for the job.”

—What are your qualifications?

“Twenty-seven years of road building and maintenance with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, handling budgets of millions of dollars. … Being a civil engineer, I can work with asphalt and concrete as well as other materials for road building.”

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Wayne Darin Harrison, Metro County Assessor of Property

DARIN HARRISON

DARIN HARRISON

—Why are you seeking re-election?

“I was elected as Assessor of Property in 2012 and wish to continue this service. I have enjoyed my job and helping the citizens of Metropolitan Lynchburg/Moore County. It has been an honor and privilege to serve. This office is responsible for valuing and classifying property, mapping and administering state programs such as Greenbelt and Forest Management. It is a very complex office with laws, rules, procedures and principles set by the state that must be followed. This office does not set the tax rate.”

—What are your qualifications?

“I have four years on-the-job knowledge and experience. Since my election in 2012, I have taken full advantage of state training opportunities including classes in mapping, assessment and assessment law. This dedication to further my knowledge of the duties of the Assessor of Property Office has expanded by skill set so that I may better and more efficiently serve the citizens of Metropolitan Lynchburg/Moore County. My efforts in continuing education have placed me in the path to become a Tennessee Certified Assessor.

“I currently maintain 4,137 parcels of land. Maintenance activities include updating parcel information after all sales, mapping divisions of property, adding all new construction to the tax roll (after the constructed building is measured and mapped out in the field), updating address changes, administering the state’s Greenbelt program and compiling the tax roll for the trustee.”

 

Sunny Rae Moorehead, Metro County Assessor of Property

—Why are you seeking election?

“Coming from a community involved family, I have helping those around me in my blood.  This position interests me because of the opportunity to connect with the people of Moore County and help them.”

—What are your qualifications?

“After graduating from Moore County High School and two years at Motlow, I went on to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. While there, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies and a Master’s Degree in Agriculture Extension Education. This took me to a job in Extension where I learned more about working with others to benefit a community and the people who live there.  I never see problems; I only see challenges to overcome.  If I cannot find a solution, I will connect you with someone who will.”

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Rachel Bowles Hill , Metro County School Board 2nd District

RACHEL BOWLES HILL

RACHEL BOWLES HILL

—Why are you seeking election?

“As a 1997 graduate of MCHS, a dedicated substitute teacher for 10 years and a mother of two, it would be an honor to serve our community as the school board member for the 2nd District. I believe that the children of Moore County deserve to have the best education in the state. If elected to the Moore County School Board my top priority will be to make sure every child has the chance to succeed in their future endeavors.”

—What are your qualifications?

“Having served on multiple community youth organizations boards, I feel that I can have an open mind, represent and vote for what is in the best interest of our community. I would like the people of the 2nd District to know that they can come to me with their concerns, and I will do my best to share their opinions with the rest of the school board.”

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David Boyce, Metro County Council District 4

DAVID BOYCE

DAVID BOYCE

—Why are you seeking re-election?

“My reason for seeking re-election is (to) serve the 4th district and all Moore County citizens. … Hopefully to make good honest decisions that are in the best interest of the people.”

—What are your qualifications?

“My qualifications are knowing what it means to live on a budget, hard-working, providing for family and self. … honest, will not compromise truth, love family, people and country. … understanding that God will be in my decisions. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support.”

 

Arvis Bobo, Metro County Council 4th District

ARVIS BOBO

ARVIS BOBO

—Why are you seeking re-election?

“I believe, as you do, that Metro Moore County is the best place in Tennessee to live. I strive to do what we can for that to continue. I serve for us to keep Metro Moore County safe and proud.”

—What are your qualifications?

“Experience from representing the 4th District for several years. I have served on various county committees. I am committed to making honest, reasonable and practical decisions.”

 

Andy Huffer, Metro County Council 4th District

—Why are you seeking election?

ANDY HUFFER

ANDY HUFFER

“I want to be councilman because I want to get involved in politics. As a 19-year-old, not many people my age are interested in politics and when they go to vote — if they vote at all — they have no idea who or what they’re voting for. No one educates themselves anymore. I want to change that by being the voice of the 4th district because people will get an honest answer out of me and the truth. Our world (is being run)by crooked people who only want to benefit themselves. I love Moore County. The people are incredible and I want to give back because Moore County has done so much for me. I will be an advocate for the 4th district and it’s amazing people.”

—What are your qualifications?

“I just graduated high school. I haven’t really been involved much in politics other than helping my cousin Matthew (Huffer) in his campaign for state representative. I have been keeping up with the presidential race since July 2015. I’m a huge Trump supporter. I’m honest, trustworthy and faithful. I will do everything in my power to be the voice for my district.”

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