Tonya Burchfield wanted to do something different as part of her campaign to win a second term on Blount County Commission.
While some candidates planned barbecues and others opted for golf tournaments, Burchfield chose to slow down and make some ice cream.
On June 5, the District 1 Seat A Republican incumbent hosted an ice cream social at the Blount County Republican headquarters on East Broadway Avenue near Five Points. The get-together was a way to slow down in the hustle and bustle of a campaign, she said.
“Homemade ice cream -- I don’t see how it gets better than that,” Burchfield said. “I thought, let’s just sit and talk and enjoy each other. It was a really good turnout,” she said.
Burchfield said between 70 and 75 showed throughout the day. “It was fun seeing kids out in the parking lot with their Frisbees and balls,” she said.
Burchfield said fellow commissioner Scott Helton, District 6, Seat B, along with her mom, Clara Hairrell, and neighbor Tina Reed made seven and a half gallons of ice cream. “Scott’s was the crowd favorite. He had cookies and cream, but mine was a close second with orange sherbet,” she said.
Burchfield is being challenged by Democrat Brandon Cook but she said she isn’t discouraged by competition. “Last time I had opposition in both the Republican primary and the general election. It’s all I know,” she said. “It’s work, and knocking on doors and doing what you need to do.”