Letters: Choosing the next county mayor

Johnson City Press • Apr 13, 2018 at 6:00 AM

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Grandy serves the community

In my more than 40 years as a resident in Washington County, I don’t believe I have ever met anyone as deeply committed to community service as Joe Grandy. Joe has demonstrated strong leadership and good stewardship in many areas.

While serving as president of Ferguson Enterprises, Joe contributed to numerous area charities and causes. Among them are the Buccaneer Scholarship program, March of Dimes and Second Harvest Food Bank. Joe has also served on the ETSU Foundation board, the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission and the Washington County Economic Development Board (chairing the Budget Committee). In all these roles, Joe worked toward providing essential services without unmanageable expense.

I had the opportunity to serve with Joe on the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission. During that time, Joe spent countless hours (hundreds, if not thousands, of hours) involved in the crafting of Johnson City’s current Master Plan. His commitment, and that of several active planning commissioners, saved the taxpayers of Johnson City around $200,000 dollars — the cost of hiring an outside consulting firm to perform the task.

I support Joe Grandy’s effort to become the next mayor of Washington County, Tennessee.

I believe that Joe will apply his civic mindedness, leadership and good stewardship to the benefit of all Washington Countians.

Johnson City

Ferguson supports traditional values

Mark Ferguson has my wholehearted and unreserved recommendation for county mayor. Mark has been a friend for over 30 years and co-members of the same Sunday school class and church for over 20 years. Mark embraces traditional conservative Christian values, and these provide an excellent foundation and platform for his candidacy. Mark also possesses a resume that includes a wide array of business experience, community involvement and political service. Mark holds the unique ability to maintain excellent personal relationships while having the intestinal fortitude and character to “just say no” to wasteful spending and senseless initiatives that are constantly introduced to our local government.

On Feb. 22, 2016, the Washington County Commission failed to approve the proposed resolution opposing same-sex marriage by a 12-11 vote. (See Johnson City Press, Feb. 23, 2016.) Both of Mark’s opponents voted against the resolution opposing same-sex marriage. In view of the recent published rhetoric, the following is the exact wording from the title of the resolution that precisely and concisely states the issue.


My family along with hundreds of others seated in the courthouse hallways attended the meeting. In my estimation, over 80 percent of Washington County constituents supported the resolution opposing same-sex marriage and the crowd in attendance reflected this support. Again, both mayoral candidates opposing Mark Ferguson voted against the resolution opposing same-sex marriage and while so doing voted against traditional values, biblical morals and 80 percent of Washington County constituents. Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Greene and Hawkins all passed similar resolutions opposing same-sex marriage with virtually no opposition from their respective commissions.

Mark Ferguson will consistently support conservative traditional Christian principles and ethics.


Choose wisely, choose Grandy

Those who occupy high county offices affect us more, I believe, on a daily basis than those who go to Nashville or Washington, D.C., on our behalf. Thus, we should choose carefully and wisely when we elect a new Washington County mayor.

Joe Grandy possesses the experience, talent and good judgment to guide us well as mayor for the next four years. His resume is long and distinguished: current county commissioner who chairs the Budget Committee; Johnson City Power Board, Planning Commission and Humane Society member for many years; Limestone Ruritan member; founding member of the non-profit organization that ran the business operations of the Johnson City Cardinals; vice chair of the group that selected Brian Noland as our current ETSU president; president of Ferguson Enterprises locally, whose operations are worldwide yet employ many of our neighbors; decades as a Boy Scout leader; and Munsey Methodist Church Council member and church servant. This is only a partial list.

More important still is that the Joe Grandy I have known for 20 years is slow to anger, thinks well, and deliberately, on his feet, is not afraid to share credit in the name of a good result, and will outwork most everyone I have ever known. Oh, and he likes to laugh, even at himself.

Friends, don’t let this one get away: Vote for and elect Joe Grandy as Washington County mayor.

Johnson City

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