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What should be our new elected officials' top priorities?

Johnson City Press • Sep 3, 2018 at 11:33 PM

With county elections over and officers sworn in, the newly elected officials can now get down to the business the voters sent them to do.

Some counties saw upsets this year, with Rusty Barnett taking over for incumbent Leon Humphrey in Carter County and Garland “Bubba” Evely moving from Unicoi County’s Board of Education to the mayor’s office.

Because of an off-schedule re-configuring of Washington County’s commission districts, a lot of new faces will be making decisions for residents.

It’s safe to say the changing makeups of the counties’ governments will bring new energy and new ideas. It will be exciting to watch these elected representatives, some of whom are new to county government and some of whom have been serving in the public sphere for years, settle into their new positions and make them their own.

We’re sure they’ve already got some ideas for their terms of service, but they could always benefit from some suggestions from their constituents.

That why we want to hear from you. What should be this new batch of elected officials’ main concerns? What priorities should they set? What are the projects you would like to see them get done?

Send your correspondence to [email protected]. Please include your name, telephone number and address for verification. Letters may be no longer than 300 words and will be edited for grammar, style and length.

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