CENTERVILLE — 1. What is your background? Job(s), family, education, expertise, qualifications, etc. 2. Why should people vote for you? 3. What do you hope to accomplish if you are (re) elected? 4. What are some of the main issues facing the community and where do you stand on them?
1. What is your background? Job(s), family, education, expertise, qualifications, etc.: I was raised in east Tennessee in an economically challenged single-parent home. A hard work ethic, responsibility and respect for others were everyday lessons in my upbringing. I studied history and psychology at Lee University. History taught me to value the contributions of those that came before us and to not relive the mistakes of the past. Psychology taught me to understand behavior and value people’s perspectives. In 2010 I moved my wife and three kids to Centerville to run Hydra Pools manufacturing facility. In April of this year I was unanimously selected to fill the vacant seat on the city council. It has been my honor to work for the citizens of Centerville.
2. Why should people vote for you?: I care about Centerville and want it to prosper now and in the future. That is why I am very active in several groups involved with bettering Centerville: Common Ground, Lorraine’s Mission, AEDC marketing group, Airport Commission and Mainstreet Community. I take my position on the City Council very seriously and take great strides to prepare, in advance, before each meeting. In council meetings I ask good questions, listen well, remain open-minded, speak my mind and am respectful of others. I have learned these skills through many years of hard work managing people and resources. City Council is an embodiment of the will of the people. The people of Centerville are the boss, and thus should be heard and treated with a level of respect due that important position.
3. What do you hope to accomplish if you are (re) elected?: Not listed in importance, I would like to accomplish the following: Technological advancements, which would help us streamline, increase productivity, and accountability. Emergency preparedness for our schools and Town Square. Infrastructure project planning for water, sewer, and street for the next five-10 years. Working diligently with Appanoose Economic Development Committee, Chamber of Commerce and Mainstreet Community to bring town square businesses and manufacturing jobs to Centerville. Cost-effective ways to address the issues of derelict houses in our city. Renovations for the pool and park. Continued Support of Centerville’s Fire and Police Departments
4. What are some of the main issues facing the community and where do you stand on them?: There are several issues confronting Centerville moving forward. Pool and park renovations would offer people an outlet to relax and enjoy nature. The city must address code enforcement and derelict houses to increase the overall appearance of the community. Addressing these would increase the quality of life for many of those in Centerville. We must continue to focus our efforts on attracting new businesses while supporting those we have. No single individual can champion the cause of moving Centerville forward. The issues that we face can only be overcome through working together as a community. We must learn to work past the barriers that separate us. I encourage each and every citizen to be the change you want to see, as the strength of Centerville lies in its people. I would ask for your support, when you vote, to continue in my service to the community.