State Representative District 20

Tona Monroe-Ball

Tona Monroe-Ball

Steve Hargis

Steve Hargis

Jim Melton

Jim Melton

Bob Ramsey

Bob Ramsey

Tona Monroe-Ball

Office Seeking: State Representative, District 20

Family: She and husband Troy Ball have been married five years.

Age: 29

Education: Central States College of Health Sciences in Ohio, earned a doctorate in naturopathy in a two-year program that was being transitioned to four-year program.

Ball considers herself a natural doctor, someone who helps restore health through holistic means. While the state of Tennessee doesn’t license naturopaths to practice, she started her web business in 2005 to sell natural health care products.

Occupation: Self-employed, owner of a web business for natural health products

Hometown: Summerset, Ky.

How long have you been in Blount County? Ball moved to Blount County in 2003 and lives in Greenback.

What do you want to accomplish first 100 days?

“The first is tort liable reform. I don’t want anyone else to suffer as Martha Ridings did. We’re going to work to reform tort liability law. Red light cameras are nothing more than revenue generators. They have danger concerns well as due-process concerns; government accountability - that’s the focus of what I’ll be doing. Another thing I’ll do is call a meeting with educators of the community. Everyone is really frustrated. I want to have a meeting and listen to their needs and wants and see if it’s feasible and see if we can resolve this BEO problem and I’d also like to look at more vocational programs in K through 12. Kids a graduating and not qualified for work and we’re trying to push them to college. We shouldn’t try to force everyone into the same model. Vocational skills are just as important as academic and we need both.”

In about 25 words or less, why should someone vote for you?

“Because of my desire to bring government accountability. I’ve been a citizen activist working to stop toll roads and restore paper ballots. I tried to lead the way when I saw these commissioners failing to lead the way in the case of Martha Ridings.”

Steve Lee Hargis

Office Seeking: State Representative, District 20

Family: Married to Janie. Their children include Wendi Clendenen, son-in-law Gary Clendenen, son, Will Hargis and grandson Cade Clendenen.

Age: 60

Education: Attended Tennessee Institute of Electronics and the University of Tennessee.

Occupation: Soon to be retired from K-25 after 33 and a half years working as a high voltage instrument mechanic.

Hometown: Friendsville, lifelong residence.

What do you want to accomplish the first 100 days?

“My priority the first 100 days in the General Assembly is to not make a mistake. I want to know all the facts, I want to have leadership of Republican caucus helping me and in turn I’ll help them. My main concern is the people in my district.”

In about 25 words, why should someone vote for you?

“I stand on my record as a county commission. I stand on my commission service, which is open to the public. The person you see is the person I am. I’m not sugar-coated and I’m here to listen and help.”

Jim Melton

Office Seeking: State Representative, District 20

Family: Single; two living children; Kimberly Keener, in Brunswick, Ga., and Brianne Melton, an adopted daughter who is also his biological granddaughter; two grandchildren; Dylan and Donald Keener.

Age: 61

Education: Graduated Alcoa High School and attended Hiwassee College; U.S. Army veteran

Occupation: Works with 21st Century Mortgage, a sister company to Clayton Homes.

Hometown: Maryville

How long have you been in Blount County? Moved away 17 years while pursing career in hospital management. Moved back to Blount County in 1989.

What do you hope to accomplish your first 100 days?

“As freshmen representative, none of us gets a lot done the first 100 days but I’ll rebuild relationships of the past and coalitions with those relationships to help get legislation passed. I’d like to see ethics legislation expanded to include the publishing legislative expense reports and the votes on committees and different legislation on the internet for public access by citizens.

“I’d like to see TNSpan, similar to CSpan for the state legislature where it would be live the full five to six months of the legislative session on cable TV. We could get corporate sponsorship that would provide that.

“I would like to see if I could not rekindle the Taxpayers Bill of Rights legislation and see if we couldn’t get portions of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights implemented. It will take several sessions but it can be done.”

In about 25 words or less, why should someone vote for you?

“I believe I have the experience in accounting and budgeting. I know how a business operates and that would assist me in whatever legislation that comes through the state on those major areas. I think I have that unique experience having worked in accounting, budgeting and being a business owner in the healthcare hospital field that would give me unique knowledge that would help.”

Bob Ramsey

Office seeking: State Representative, District 20

Family:Wife, Margaret Ramsey, two daughters, Heather Kelly and Haley Ramsey, granddaughter, Greer Kelly.

Age: 61

Education: He graduated from Maryville High School, the University of Tennessee and the University of Tennessee Dental School in Memphis.

Occupation: Dentist

Hometown: Maryville

How long in Blount County: Lived in Maryville his entire life except for his time in dental school in Memphis.

What do you accomplish in your first 100 days?

“I hope to acclimate myself and learn all of the intricacies of the state legislature so that I can address the economic welfare of Blount County citizens at the state level. I would also like to become thoroughly knowledgeable and involved in the funding of local education so that we can streamline and maximize the state support of our county and city education programs. I would also like to become familiar and knowledgeable with about the state efforts to address environmental problems with hopes of establishing more dependence on renewable energy sources and developing alternatives to dependence upon foreign petroleum with a focus on public transportation. I want to familiarize myself with the membership of the state legislature seeking assistance in adequately representing and supporting the economy in East Tennessee.”

In about 25 words, why should someone vote for you, what sets you apart?

“I have spent the last 18 years of my life to serving and representing the fifth voting district of Blount County. Public servants are stewards of public funds and public trust and I feel I have adequately protected both.”

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