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Brock and Tomita can help keep Johnson City moving

Staff Report • Apr 8, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Johnson City is on the move. There is a surge of energy of the likes the city has not seen in recent years. Good things are happening all over the Johnson City and we need city commissioners who are capable of keeping those good things going in an expedient, sensible and fiscally responsible manner.

The Johnson City Press thinks Jenny L. Brock and David Tomita can do just that.

It was a tough choice. There are seven good candidates for two City Commission seats on the April 23 ballot — each of whom could bring a needed quality to the board. In the final analysis, however, we believe Brock and Tomita bring the most to the table. They are two candidates who will work to keep the momentum the city is now enjoying.

Brock is a former member of the city’s Board of Education, where she distinguished herself as someone who could look to the future. Adept at shaping policy, Brock has also demonstrated foresight to know that policy might need to be adapted to meet fiscal and technological changes.

Her professional background proves she gets the job done. Brock was hired by Texas Instruments in 1989 to start its first wellness program. It was such a success that she was recruited four years later by Toronto-based Nortel Networks to start that company’s wellness program.

She has exhibited remarkable leadership as chairman of the Johnson City Power Board, a job in which she has shown a skill for working with diverse interests for the good of the public. It is these attributes that earns Brock our endorsement.

Likewise, we endorse Tomita because he has shown himself to be an excellent communicator in his service on the Washington County Commission.

We are confident Tomita can bring this skill, along with his financial acumen (he is First Tennessee’s Brokerage’s vice president/investment officer) and staunch support for government transparency to the City Commission.

Tomita plans to continue his service on the County Commission if elected to the city board. We see no conflict in this since, as he explained at our Community Editorial Board meeting last week, he would represent the same constituency (city residents) on both boards.

Furthermore, we believe Tomita can help bring about better communication and cooperation between the city and county. Collaboration is a must in these days of limited tax dollars.

These are changing times, and we need elected leaders who are able to meet new challenges. We believe Brock and Tomita are just the leaders needed for these times.

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