The Anderson County Republican Party will host a town hall meeting for GOP candidates vying for state representative in the area. The event will take place at Clinton High School, 425 Dragon Drive, from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.
A pre-meeting opportunity will be provided to Republicans running as independents in local city council and school board elections throughout the county to run. Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank will serve as City Hall’s moderator. Questions should be submitted in advance by email to Chair Myra Mansfield at [email protected] or immediately before the meeting at the entrance to the auditorium. Include your name and a cell phone number if possible, the local Republican Party statement said.
Incumbent John Ragan of Oak Ridge is a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives representing District 33, which covers Anderson County south of Interstate 75, including Clinton, Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs and a part of Rocky Top. He took office in 2010. Ragan is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and earned a master’s degree in aeronautical studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Ragan is a retired Air Force fighter pilot and worked as a business consultant. While at the State House, Ragan has served on various committees over the years and most recently on the Schedule and Rules Committee, the Education Administration Committee, the Education Instruction Committee, and in as Chairman of the House Government Operations Committee.
Ed Butler is the Republican candidate for District 41, which includes northern Anderson County, part of Roane through Oliver Springs, along with Morgan, Fentress and Overton counties. He is an independent business owner, US Navy veteran, family man, and Christian. He has served on the board of Adult and Teen Challenge, deputy coordinator of RFTW in the state of Tennessee, and built churches in several countries.
Butler shares a passion for excellence in education with Ragan, the statement said.
“He was pushed to run for office for the first time when he discovered radical liberal ideologies in the curriculum of his children’s school. He thinks the school should stick to the scholastics and let everything the rest to the family. Additionally, District 41 is in desperate need of industrial development that the community has been waiting a long time for. Butler knows how to create jobs, plans to work hard to bring new opportunities for technical training and to attract new industries, so that people do not continue to move away to find work,” the statement said.
Monty Fritts is the Republican candidate for District 32, which covers Roane County, including western Oak Ridge and part of Oliver Springs, as well as Loudon County. He is a Christian, conservative, constitutionalist, US Army veteran and pro-lifer. He has two master’s degrees in commerce and theology.
“Like the other two candidates, he believes that some materials are not suitable for schools and that heavy penalties should be imposed on those who try to introduce them,” the statement said.
The community is invited. For more information, call or text Myra Mansfield at (865) 712-8027.