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Johnson County residents have chance to meet the candidates

By David Walter
Political candidates and incumbents from nearly every local political office gathered last Saturday for a meet and greet with members of the public. The event was held at the Butler Community Park just off Route 67 in Butler, Tennessee. Free food, drinks, and cotton candy were provided by several of the candidates. In anticipation of the upcoming August elections, the candidates spent the afternoon talking with potential constituents and handing out campaign materials. The Tomahawk had the opportunity to interview some of the candidates and ask their views on how their campaigns were progressing and the important issues related to the county.
The event was directly organized by Fourth District County Commissioner Jonathan Pleasant, along with Dave Quave. Pleasant, who is currently running for Johnson County Register of Deeds, said that he is happy about the response from the event. “It started as an informal event of candidates in and around Butler,” said Pleasant. As for his campaign, he expressed a high degree of positive feedback from potential constituents. “I’ve had a lot of positive response,” he said. “It’s about talking to people. It’s not a matter of putting out signs and advertising. It’s about actually getting some face time.” Dave Quave, who is running for District Three Constable, cited his years of law enforcement experience in response to why he is the best candidate for constable. “I have 25 years of law enforcement experience,” said Quave. A native of Mississippi, Quave said that he and his wife moved to the area following Hurricane Katrina and now love the area and people of Johnson County.
Representative Timothy Hill and candidate Kevin Dwayne Parson were both in attendance to campaign to represent Tennessee House District Three. Both candidates expressed confidence in the upcoming Republican primary. Hill pointed out his experience as the incumbent and his continual work with the county made him the best candidate. Parsons believes that Johnson County needs a candidate for state representative that resides in the county, and cited his long-term commitment to Johnson County and experience as Mountain City’s Mayor.
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