Anderson County mayoral candidates pitch their plans

Anderson County mayoral candidates pitch their plans to chamber members

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By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - The field of candidates for the Anderson County mayor's race is now at three. They are: Republicans Terry Frank and Tim Isbel and Democrat Warren Gooch.

Former Mayor Rex Lynch resigned in January 2011. In April, he pleaded guilty to sales tax fraud connected with the sale of a pickup truck to the county government for thousands more than he originally paid.

The mayoral candidates took time Thursday to meet and greet members of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

After the controversy with Lynch, Oak Ridge resident and Chamber volunteer Melinda Hillman say she knows the type of leader she wants in office.

"You really have to have someone who knows how to lead, knows how to be a business person, mindful of the money, strong ethics. Those things are all very, very important," Hillman said.

Chamber Chair David Bradshaw wants more business opportunities in the area, in case more cuts are made to the Department of Energy.

"They need to attract businesses to employ people who might not have a job through the DOE resources here in the future," he said.

Each candidate had five minutes to speak. First was blogger, radio host and businesswoman Terry Frank.

"As your county mayor, what I can do is employ proven economic principles that work. I can restore trust by increased transparency and accountability," Frank said.

Attorney Warren Gooch says as mayor he would work to bring in new business by promoting the county's assets.

"If you elect me as your county mayor, you will know that your mayor is working just has hard to promote this county as you're working to promote and help your family," Gooch said.

Anderson County Commissioner Tim Isbel says his experience on the budget committee makes him qualified.

"In the budget committee last year, we did something that haven't been done before in seven years. We balanced the budget, the general fund budget, and we did it without raising taxes," Isbel said.

The primary election is on March 6. General election day is August 2.

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