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 Walker County Board of Commissioners, which seeks to fill seats for District 1, 2 and 3. The candidates' answers are presented in alphabetical order.
Walker County Commission, District 1
* Affiliation: Republican
* Why should voters choose you? I am a limited government Republican candidate. I am the only candidate for District 1 that stands for smaller government and less taxes. I stand for property owners' rights and less regulation on property and business owners.
* What is the biggest challenge facing the office you seek? Our road department has been neglected and needs to be rebuilt.
* How will you address this challenge? If elected I will submit a pledge to the board of commissioners at the first meeting to rebuild the road department so we can get the infrastructure that we deserve and that our tax dollars pay for. The road department is vital to our county. Funding for our road department will be a top priority.
* What policy position of yours might surprise people? I have been transparent throughout my campaign. I am a limited government candidate that wants the citizens of Walker County's voices to be heard.
* What past or current public servant do you most admire? Why? Mike Pence. His transparency, honesty, integrity and his Christian faith.
* Campaign website: robertblakemore.com
* Age on Election Day: 31
* Occupation: Manager/truck driver
* Employer: HJ Blakemore and Sons Trucking
* Education: High school diploma
* City of residence: Outside the city limits of Rossville, inside the county
* Best phone number for voters to contact you: 423-619-9724
Bobby McDonald (no photo provided)
* Affiliation: Democrat
* Why should voters choose you? 50 years of dealing with labor and management
* What is the biggest challenge facing the office you seek? Helping residents believe and work toward District 1 becoming a safe and thriving location to live, work and play.
* How will you address this challenge? Doing my homework and speaking up at the right time. Not going into elected office owing favors to anyone.
* What policy position of yours might surprise people? Bible believing, gun toting (I have a permit), and pro-life. I am a longtime Democrat that believes we should represent working people.
* What past or current public servant do you most admire? Why? Jesus. All others are sinners.
* Campaign office email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Age on Election Day: 71
* Occupation: Retired
* Employer: U.S. Postal Service
* Education: Eighth grade (GED)
* Family: Wife, no children
* City of residence: Rossville
* Church/civic involvement: Attend Peavine City
* A quote or saying you live by: John 3:16
* Best phone number for voters to contact you: 423-902-3002
Walker County Commission, District 2
William Askew (no response)
Tyrone Davis (no response)
Walker County Commission, District 3
Brian Hart (no response)
* Affiliation: Democrat
* Why should voters choose you? You should vote for me because I'm not part of the good ol' boy network. I will not allow us to spend money on things we don't need. I will work hard to give back to the citizens of Walker County. I'm looking to invest in our future by implementing renewable energy on 700 acres of unused property that's not collecting property taxes, owned by the county. It's time to start holding people accountable for their lack of action and upgrade our neighborhoods.
* What is the biggest challenge facing the office you seek? Getting people involved in our local government.
* How will you address this challenge? Recruiting younger motivated people, inspire more people of color to run for office. We need a more diverse government so that people will feel more comfortable getting involved. People don't trust our local government because it's the same people doing nothing to upgrade and landscape our neighborhoods. We have streets in my district that haven't been paved in over 40 years. Especially in the city limits of LaFayette, 50-year-old street lights, sidewalks on the west side of LaFayette overgrown with grass and much more.
* What policy position of yours might surprise people? Allowing solar panel farms into the county. Creating power purchase agreements with Georgia power and/or TVA.
* What past or current public servant do you most admire? Why? John Lewis. Nothing can stop the power of a committed and determined people to make a difference in our society. Why? Because human beings are the most dynamic link to the divine on this planet.
* Campaign office email: Shrophakei@gmail.com
* Age on Election Day: 44
* Occupation: Senior engineer
* Employer: Worldwide Tech Service
* Education: Degree in computer science, Edison State
* Family: Married with five kids
* City of residence: LaFayette
* Neighborhood of residence: Skyline Heights
* A quote or saying you live by: Treat people the way you want to treated.
* Best phone number for voters to contact you: 423-616-3461