Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

April 3, 2014

GARY'S WORLD: The chance to speak your mind

By Gary Nelson
Senior staffwriter

CROSSVILLE — Are you tired of hearing people complain about the way things are run in Cumberland County? Or, do you like the way the county government is run and operated in our beautiful county?

Are you happy with the way things are, or would you like some change?

Would you like a voice? You do have a voice.

The citizens of Cumberland County will have the best opportunity this coming August to give their input toward guiding the direction of our county government.

On August 7, 2014, there will be a Tennessee State Primary and Cumberland County General Election.

The last day for candidates to qualify for the county general election was Thursday, April 3.

If you are not registered to vote, the last day to register for this election will be July 8, 2014, at the Cumberland County Election Commission office on Main St. in the Milo Lemert Building across the street from the Cumberland County Courthouse.

Your vote can make a difference. In past elections there literally have been civil district races decided by one, single vote.

In today’s Chonicle there is a story with the list of candidates who are running for office in each civil district in Cumberland County. There are nine civil districts in Cumberland County and two people are elected from each district to represent the district for county commission.

The two people with the highest amount of votes from each civil district will form the Cumberland County Commission. There are a total of 18 county commissioners and all seats are up for election in the coming August 7 election. This is the governing body of Cumberland County. This group makes the decisions on how your tax dollars are spent in the county.

There are also nine districts for the Cumberland County Board of Education and there will be five board of education seats up for election. Civil districts one, three, five, seven and nine will be electing one person for each district.

These are the people who control the Cumberland County School System and make the decisions about the operation of the county school system.

I urge everyone to take the time to find out what voting district you are in and become familiar with the candidates who are running for office in your district.

You can ask them about issues facing our county such as education funding, School Resource Officers, the county fire department, sheriff’s department, recycling center and solid waste department, county buildings, animal control, library, and dozens of other subjects and county departments that are controlled by the Cumberland County Commission and board of education.

This is your chance to give your input and possibly make a difference in the future of our county for the next four years.

Please take the time to find out who is running for office in your district and make an educated choice in who you would like to be a representative for your district and who you would most like to be your voice in our county’s government.

There are also several county offices that will be up for election in August as well. The primary for that election will be May 6.

If you have any questions about which civil district you are in, or how to get registered to vote in the election, call the Cumberland County Election Commission at 484-4919.

The chance for you to have an input on your county government is Aug. 7. I urge everyone to take the time to be involved and learn about your community.

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Gary Nelson is a Crossville Chronicle staffwriter. His column is published each Friday. He may be reached at gnelson@crossville-chronicle.com.