The following is one in a series of survey responses provided to the Times Free Press by candidates for public office in advance of the Nov. 3 general election. Today we highlight candidates for the City of Lakesite's Board of Commissioners. Voters are being asked to fill three at-large seats from a pool of five candidates. The candidates' answers are presented in alphabetical order.
* Affiliation: Republican
* Previous public office experience: None
* Why should voters choose you? I feel my 35 years of management experience in the business world, and the connections I have made, would be an asset to the Lakesite community. I have and will continue to support our citizens and work for their best interests. I am proud of our city and am looking forward to doing my part in the continued improvements of our government and community.
* What is the biggest challenge facing the office you seek? Learning to navigate the challenges that Covid 19 has presented for our local businesses, schools and community in general. I would like to see more community involvement with our local government.
* How will you address this challenge? I would work with the other commissioners, our local community and businesses to understand how we can help to meet their needs and grow our economy. While I would plan to make myself available to the community, I would also encourage my fellow elected officials to do the same.
* What policy position of yours might surprise people? Although it is not surprising to those who know me, I am a speak-the-truth kind of person and I intend to be transparent in my leadership.
* What past or current public servant do you most admire? Why? N/A
* Age on Election Day: 54
* Occupation: Office Manager
* Employer: Davron Technologies, Inc
* Education: Graduated from Central High School in 1984 and went on to receive an Associate's Degree from Chattanooga State while on a baseball scholarship. Earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Bryan College.
* Family: I have been married to my beautiful wife Tina for 30+ years. We have raised 2 wonderful children in the City of Lakesite where we have resided for 22 years. Our daughter Katie graduated from Soddy Daisy High School and attended UTC and Chattanooga State. She works as a hair stylist in the Lakesite community. She is married to Shane Raines and had our first granddaughter, Hunter Grace this year. Bobby Jr. graduated from The McCallie School and went on to earn his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from UTC. He is currently employed at Davron Technologies, Inc.
* Neighborhood of residence: Blue Ridge View
* Church/civic involvement: Dallas Bay Baptist Church
* A quote or saying you live by: N/A
* Best phone number for voters to contact you: 423-593-6410
Valerie J. Boddy
* Affiliation: Non-partisan race
* Previous public office experience: Lakesite City Commissioner 8 Years (2010-2018), Last 2 of those years as Vice Mayor.
* Why should voters choose you? I will continue to attend each and every meeting, making sure that any personal commitments are scheduled around my elected duties. I will continue to be accessible to all, responding quickly and accurately. I will serve the entire community, not just a select few, being your eyes, ears, and voice.
* What is the biggest challenge facing the office you seek? The biggest challenge facing this Commission is the same as in all communities, making sure that all the issues addressed are dealt with based on: What's legal, ethical, and appropriate for the entire community. Making the best decisions for all of our citizens while maintaining complete transparency.
* How will you address this challenge? This will be done by addressing each situation through thoroughly researching the issues, measuring them against current laws, ordinances, and zoning, contact with the citizens obtaining as much input from them as possible, and weighing those decisions for the best outcome for our entire community. Sometimes this means addressing the current ordinances for proper legal adjustment. I believe that my education and experience as well as those of our citizens will enable us to lead this city in the direction that will benefit us all. Transparency means holding our leaders to the highest standards and utilizing the latest technology.
* What policy position of yours might surprise people? Being an Accountant, one might think that I think that there's only one way to do things. I believe that unless constrained by the law, which one must follow, there are typically numerous ways to look at and accomplish the goals that will benefit the entire Community.
* What past or current public servant do you most admire? Why? I have two past public servants that I admire equally. Those two are from opposing parties and are former President Jimmy Carter and former President Ronald Reagan. While I do not necessarily agree with all of the political policies, etc. of either of these two men, they really unselfishly cared.
* Campaign office email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Age on Election Day: 54
* Occupation: Accountant
* Education: B.S. Business Administration, Major: Accounting, MACC Masters of Accountancy
* Family: Spouse: Keith Boddy
* Neighborhood of residence: Lakesite
* Church/civic involvement: Christian
* A quote or saying you live by: "The best way out is always through." —Robert Frost; "Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence." —Robert Frost; Ecclesiastes 3 The entire chapter.; "Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear." —Edgar Allen Poe
* Best phone number for voters to contact you: 423-504-4807
David Howell (no response)
Curtis L. Jones (no photo available)
* Affiliation: Republican
* Previous public office experience: 1 term as Lakesite Commissioner (4years)
* Why should voters choose you? "During my 2016 campaign, I discussed sewers in our subdivision to voters and found about 98 percent didn't want sewers. I agreed! I'm assigned public utilities and vote at Lakesite and Hamilton County (WWTA) meetings, keeping low income and elderly in mind, using common sense (keep taxes/bills low)."
* What is the biggest challenge facing the office you seek? As a Hamilton County WWTA board member, I've been trying to get low income and elderly [people] some help with their sewer bills. I've heard promises from leaders, but no actions. After the recent 12 percent increase, more board members are supporting. I hope to accomplish this task.
* How will you address this challenge? I'm only one board member and can only vote once per item brought before us at the meetings. I will continue to express my opinion at the Hamilton County WWTA Board meetings and hopefully encourage other Board members to realize how important this is. You know, if you are elderly and/or low income and your bills increase to more money than you have coming in, you will have to figure out which of the things you need/enjoy that will have to be eliminated. This is cold hard facts.
* What policy position of yours might surprise people? I love and support our community pool. When my kids were little and growing up, we lived close to the pool (in walking distance) and used it 15-20 years. My kids and I will never forget it.
* What past or current public servant do you most admire? Why? I really admire Robin Smith. She is a Christian and uses her faith in God to help her make the right decisions.
* Age on Election Day: 65
* Occupation: Retired
* Employer: N/A
* Education: Some college
* Family: Married, 2 kids (grown) and 7 grandkids
* Neighborhood of residence: Original Lakesite subdivision
* Church/civic involvement: Central Baptist Church (Abba's House)
* A quote or saying you live by: When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced! Live your life, so that when you die, you rejoice, and the world cries!
* Best phone number for voters to contact you: 423-322-5469
Bill Neighbors (no response)