Barbecue and endorsements

Fourth district F.O.P. members give support to Jerome Moon for commission

Emergency service workers who live in District 4 showed in mass Tuesday evening to endorse County Commission candidate Jerome Moon in his race for Seat C.

Moon invited law enforcement, fire and rescue personnel who live in the district to a barbecue at McCord Farm. Keith McCord catered the meal and said he served approximately 250 people during the three-hour get together.

Moon said personnel from Alcoa police and fire departments, Maryville police and fire departments, Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Rural/Metro Ambulance Service and Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority police and fire departments were represented.

Moon said he appreciated the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police Bud Allison Lodge 9.

“I feel honored they came to show their support, and I’m happy they came to take part and to give me a chance to visit with them. These are professionals who deal everyday with stress most people will never experience in their lifetime,” Moon said.

The candidate said often people take emergency services personnel for granted. “It is important for elected officials to realize the effort these individuals put forth to keep residents safe in their homes and on our highways,” Moon said. “They will always have my upmost respect and support.”

Past FOP Lodge 9 president Kelly Simerly said Moon is a “straight-up, honest person,” who cares about his district and appreciates all emergency service workers.

In a letter from FOP Bud Allison Memorial Lodge 9 president Brett Hall, Moon was praised as the FOP offered him their endorsement.

“We feel your ethics, as well as your concerns for this community, indicate that you represent the needs of the law enforcement community in Blount County, as well as the general needs of the citizens of Blount County,” Hall said.

Susan Mills, Blount County Republican Party chair, was pleased with the response for Moon. “I think it’s a great turnout, especially in this heat,” she said.

Jason Roberson, Firewood Lane, said Moon will listen to residents. “I’m sure he’ll be a good commissioner and listen to the people,” he said.

Casey Bailes said Moon has visited his house twice during the campaign. “He’s a good friend of the family,” Bailes said. “He’s a great person, and I really appreciate him.”

Joanne Garner, Hill Court, said she supports Moon for commission. “I think he will be great for our district. He has a lot of experience. You want people on commission who have been in business and have ideas for how to balance a budget,” she said.

Rowena Sullivan, Peach Orchard Road, said her husband has known Moon 30 years. “I think he’ll do a good job,” she said. “I think he will look out for the best interests of the citizens.”

District 20 State Rep. Bob Ramsey came by to wish Moon luck. “I highly respect Jerome’s views. For years I’ve encouraged him to run, and I’m pleased he had decided to seek office,” Ramsey said. “He’s got a wonderful sense of the operations of industry, education and small business in Blount County.”

Moon is running against incumbent Wendy Pitts Reeves for the District 4, Seat C commission seat. The General Election for county commission is Aug. 5.

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