published Monday, May 12th, 2014

Give him this: Fred Skillern was true leader

Tuesday's vote marked the end of an era in Hamilton County.

After some three decades of service on the school board and the County Commission, longtime local politician Fred Skillern fell a handful of votes shy of retaining his seat.

At 77, he said he ran again because he still had more to do and he wanted to continue to serve the people of Soddy-Daisy, Mowbray Mountain, Dallas and Sale Creek.

No stranger to controversy, Skillern has been known as a cagey, thrifty, unfailingly conservative and empire-building politician who could make or break other political careers, including those far from his northern corner of the county.

Love him or hate him, it's likely no one would say he does what he does for selfish reasons. Skillern has and does truly care about Hamilton County, its people, its schools and its businesses. He was in it for Hamilton County. Neither editorial page here endorsed him, but that wasn't because he failed in his duties. It was -- and is -- simply time for change and new ideas.

Thank you, Mr. Skillern, for your years of strong service.

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mv said...

While many may disagree with Commissioner Skillern, there is no doubt he has helped this community with no personal gain. Most likely he has suffered business losses because of his community service. The fear the public should have today is that many step into public life in order to seek personal gain. Commissioner Skillern was a success before he went into public service. Thank you for this editorial.

May 12, 2014 at 5:43 a.m.
timbo said...

Save your fake praise TFP. You people make me sick. The Times Free Press hated Fred Skillern. His loss was caused by a gaggle of political hacks in the Republican establishment for one reason. He wouldn't play ball.

Randy Fairbanks has run for every office in Hamilton County and lost. He won by making a deal with the devil (Democrats)and promising everything from tax increases for schools to Fire Halls on Mobray Mountain. 600 votes showed up in the Republican primary from no where? That "no where" was the Democrats crossing over.

Was Fred partly to blame? Yes, he didn't do his election due diligence. He didn't campaign and was complacent. That doesn't explain how the best advocate, most conservative person that has ever been on the commission was ambushed by the political hacks in the Republican party.

Without Fred on the commission a tax increase is inevitable. This proves once and for all that the Republicans are as bad as the Democrats. They both suck.

As far as who was behind this, we know who you are. Have fun for 4 years because that is all Fairbanks will get. i.e. Rhonda Thurman. Don't get too comfortable.

I think the response should be "WRITE-IN RHONDA!" Run Rhonda, run...

May 12, 2014 at 10:20 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Oh really TFP, this editorial is so apologetic. Perhaps you could give Skillet a BBQ this weekend to make up for not supporting him. Skillet would like a BBQ as long as you don't invite Commissioners Beck or Mackey.

Thank you Hixson area for exercising your independent R status and removing Skillet. Thank you East Ridge for keeping Curtis Adams out, cuz he wants his supper on time and one the table, :-)

May 12, 2014 at 8:29 p.m.
timbo said...

aae1049...Hixson you even know where District 1 is? Geez...

May 14, 2014 at 3:02 p.m.
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