More than 200 people showed to support Blount County Circuit Clerk Tom Hatcher’s re-election bid when area attorneys held a reception in his honor Jan. 19 at Smithview Life Event Center.
Hatcher, who first won the office in 1994, said he was thankful for the response.
“I thought the reception went great. I was humbled by the turnout. I didn’t expect this many this far out from the election,” he said.
Hatcher was also grateful to the attorneys who hosted the event. “They see how our office operates and took it upon themselves to host this event. There are people from all facets of the community life here -- from business people to farmers, all walks of life.”
The circuit court clerk is the administrative arm that serves the General Sessions and Circuit Courts. Hatcher said concerned citizens came to support not just him, but the staff who work in the Circuit Court Clerk’s office. “People know how professional this office is,” he said. “These folks turned out because they support this office. It’s not an ‘I,’ but a ‘we.’ We work as a team.”
Lou Bailey of Maryville was on hand to support Hatcher. “I’ve known Tom for years. He’s done a great job,” Bailey said.
Steve McKenzie of Blount County praised Hatcher. “He’s a great man, and he’s done a lot for this county.”
Sgt. Robert Simerly with the Clinton Police Department lives in the Chilhowee View Community of Blount County and said Hatcher has been good for the county. “He’s done a good job taking care of the taxpayers’ dollars, and he’s modernized the office. We have to have him there,” Simerly said.
Kristy Oslonian of Maryville said she grew up with Hatcher. “Our families were close friends growing up. I think he’s done an awesome job,” she said.
Oslonian’s husband, Lloyd Oslonian, said he got to know Hatcher through church. “He’s a man of faith, which is important to us. In times like we are in now, it’s very important to keep people of faith in office,” he said.
D.L. Martin of Townsend was on hand with his wife, Rindi Martin, to support Hatcher. “I believe it’s important to keep Tom because he’s been a real asset to the county, and I believe he will continue to do a wonderful job as circuit court clerk,” D. L. Martin said.
Burle Hatcher of Louisville, the circuit court clerk’s cousin, said he and his wife, Brenda, have always supported Hatcher. “He’s done a good job,” Burle Hatcher said.
Brenda Hatcher praised Hatcher. “He has character and integrity, and he’s very serious about doing his job. He’s very concerned about doing his job in the most efficient way,” she said.
Joe Anderson of Maryville praised Hatcher’s experience. “I think he’s doing a good job. He’s a friend, and I support my friends,” Anderson said.
The county Republican Primary is Tuesday, May 4. There are two other candidates in that primary are James A. Frye and Dennis Cardin.