More than 70 folks turned out to meet Republican Blount County commission candidates Rick Carver and Shawn Carter, Sr., during a barbecue July 18 at Brackins’ Blues Club.
Greg Beaty organized the event for the two candidates and said the crowd was bi-partisan. “There were as many Democrats as Republicans at the event, I guarantee you,” said Beaty. “This is simply an opportunity to meet the candidates and hopefully get out the vote.”
Missy Carter, wife of candidate Shawn Carter, said she stands behind her husband in this his second bid for the county commission. “Shawn is a winner. That’s his strength. He likes to listen to people and hear what they have to say,” she said.
Carter, candidate for District 1 Seat B, said he appreciated the turnout for the Sunday barbecue. “I’m really surprised with the turnout,” he said.
The candidate said residents are concerned about how their tax dollars are spent. “There won’t be a need for a tax increase if you control wasteful spending,” Carter said.
Carver, candidate for District 5 Seat B, said the turnout was incredible, and he appreciated the opportunity to speak with the voters. “I talked about my platform for controlling debt, helping create jobs and working with the Industrial Development Board to bring business to the area,” Carver said. “I also talked about property rights and being a fiscally conservative Republican.”
William Bumbach said he has had several conversations with Carver. “He and I are on opposite ends of the political spectrum, but what I respect about him is that he listens,” Bumbach said. “He’s not the kind of person who just talks about helping people; he actually helps them.”
Marc Webb said the upcoming county commission election is important. “I want to hear what they have to say about business, creating jobs and their vision for Blount County and their ideas for achieving that vision,” he said.