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Jonesborough BMA election

Becky Campbell • Nov 4, 2018 at 5:10 PM

As election day draws near, candidates are pushing toward the finish line in many contests, including three people seeking to fill two seats on the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Currently, the board consists of Aldermen Terry Countermine, Adam Dickson, David Sell and Virginia Causey. Countermine and Dickson’s terms run through 2020. Sell’s term expires this year, but he has opted not to run for re-election. Earlier this year when former Mayor Kelly Wolfe resigned, then-Alderman Chuck Vest was appointed to that seat and Causey was appointed to fill Vest’s seat.

Vest is running for the mayor’s seat uncontested, and Causey is seeking election to keep her seat while two others — Stephen Callahan and Charlie Moore — are also seeking a spot on the panel.

Here are a few reminders about the candidates:

• Callahan graduated from David Crockett High School in 2006, attended Emory and Henry College and received bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry. He worked at Eastman Chemical Co. for five years in corporate research and development, then worked toward starting his own business four years ago.

Tennessee Hills Distillery started doing business May 2016 and is among the top destination businesses in Tennessee, Callahan said. Callahan said he wants to help build the business base in Jonesborough and encourage development of vacant properties.

“In recent years, many people have moved into the area. Our infrastructure has already started to show signs of the strain due to the new influx. We need to keep a handle on such stresses and be financially conservative on other issues in order to maintain a growing population. Maintaining a town budget ... without (Alderman) David Sell, the town will have less business experience on the board. We need to keep a watchful eye on the spending and build up town reserves in addition to inventing new revenue streams.”

“The town needs to motivate property owners to either sell or lease spaces that could attract more desirable merchants such as restaurants and destination businesses,” he said.

• Causey retired last year after having worked for the town of Jonesborough for 40 years as executive assistant to the town administrator. “I was twice awarded Employee of the Year for my outstanding efforts for the town,” she said.

Causey said her passion continues to be to love and care for the employees and to always be there for them.

“My heart was in the job, and through it I was able to show my genuine concern for the people of Jonesborough, which I continue to have today,” she said. “Having been appointed to the position of alderman in April 2018, I planned to fill the unexpired term so I could continue the work of the town. My knowledge and experience will continue to allow me to make a difference in our community even in retirement. Since I spent my career serving the people of Jonesborough, I feel that I am well known for my heart for the service and the fair treatment of everyone.”

• Moore said he loves the town of Jonesborough and the people who live there.

“I love the people and the town. I feel it is important to be the type of person you would like to live beside, someone who will go out of their way to help. Even when I was on the board before, I took out a trash truck on Christmas holiday season because people were complaining about their trash piling up.I care about people. I care about Jonesborough. While I have worked for TDOT I have been certified in asphalt and concrete and roadway repair. I believe this will be an asset to any road repairs or questions and concerns that the town might have,” he said.

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