Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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April 30, 2014

Meet the Candidates Assembly at Tansi

CROSSVILLE — There were no parking spaces available and no seats left at the Thunderbird Recreation Center on April 3 for the Meet the Candidates assembly. The unique forum allowed the candidates running in the Cumberland County Primary Election the opportunity to present themselves to Tansi’s voting public.

Expecting 28 speakers and happily receiving 34, the Meet the Candidates at Tansi event was hosted by the Lake Tansi Exchange Club which did exceptionally well to introduce and manage everyone’s speaking time and keep the evening running smoothly. All the candidates running for county positions and those of the 13th Judicial District were offered five minutes each to speak.

“It is a special thing because it doesn’t matter your political party. You get to see and meet all the candidates and make a voting decision based on what you see here,” said Mike Ferry, President of the Lake Tansi Exchange Club.

Each candidate made good points and gave brief histories of their personal and professional experience. Displaying fervor and passion for Cumberland County, the candidates spoke of their aspirations for Cumberland County, as well as their goals and ideas for improvement.

Will Roberson, Democratic candidate for Criminal Court Judge, said, “No matter what happens with the races, you have a great palate of candidates to choose from.”

Republican candidate for D.A., Sean Fry, asked voters the burning question, “Who are you going to trust your vote with?”

Craig Fickling, running for Public Defender, said it was one of the most important positions because the Constitution guarantees certain rights and the real job is to defend the Constitution. “If the least among us are denied our rights then it is denied to us all,” said Fickling.

County Mayor Kenneth Carey, Jr. is the incumbent candidate on the Republican ballot for the next election term. He made positive remarks about the county recycling initiative and debt reduction without having raised taxes.

County Mayoral candidate Scott Sexton is not a typical “suit.” Sexton said at first look he’s not a politician, “I’m just a normal guy, but I’ll stand up for the people.”

“Leadership is action, not a position,” said Ligue Wisdom, also running for County Mayor.

Dean Farley, Democratic candidate for Sheriff, said, “The one thing about crime is that [criminals] don’t care if you’re republican, democratic or independent.”

For County Road Superintendent incumbent Scott Blaylock, unity equals morale which in turn yields pride and good work. Stanley Hall, also running for Road Superintendent, kept it short and sweet by saying, “I know the county and I know the roads and I would appreciate your vote.”

Road Superintendent candidate Kevin Music encouraged voters by saying, “Fill these offices with the most qualified people with the best ideas.”

Hamilton “Bombdog” Horseman and his wife Hannah Horseman are running for seats on the Tennessee Republican State Executive Committee Board for Senatorial District 15. Hannah Horseman spoke passionately about veterans’ issues, healthcare and upholding the Second Amendment and was complimented with an eruption of applause. Her husband, Hamilton “Bombdog” Horseman, is a Vietnam Veteran with two tours under his belt, said, “I’m tired of seeing my country in the state that it is in, and I am here to serve my state in my country to see that it changes for the better.” Voting for these positions will be on Aug. 7.

State Representative Cameron Sexton and his wife Lacey, who is expecting a baby in May, came to support all the candidates, hear them speak and get better acquainted with their political goals and ideals.

Patriots, veterans, democrats, republicans, and independent citizens housed on the shores of Lake Tansi came to see firsthand how the candidates would present themselves and were grateful for the opportunity to hear each speaker. The exemplary array of experience and expertise the candidates have offered to bring to the county’s table and to the state for this district is going to make this election one for the books. It is our American pride and American duty to know what these positions are, find out who is most qualified and to elect the persons most appropriate to fill them. Help determine Cumberland County’s direction by voting in the County Primary Election on May 6.

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