Bob Ramsey kicks off bid to return to State House

Coming out to support the candidate are Bobbie and Fred Hoyos, left, with Margaret and State Rep. Bob Ramsey, and Blount County Register of Deeds Phyllis Crisp, right.

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Coming out to support the candidate are Bobbie and Fred Hoyos, left, with Margaret and State Rep. Bob Ramsey, and Blount County Register of Deeds Phyllis Crisp, right.

Keith McCord joked that the reason he supports Bob Ramsey for State House has nothing to do with Ramsey’s voting record. “He has a pretty wife and a pretty daughter,” he said with a laugh.

Bob Ramsey kicked off his re-election campaign to return to represent the 8th District in the State House Tuesday evening with a reception at the Blount County Public Library.

As folks dropped by to wish the state representative well, several shared thoughts on why they’re supporting him, including McCord. “We’ve been friends a long time, and he’s dedicated to what he’s doing,” McCord said. “He’s not politically motivated. He’s interested in doing what is best for the people. He’s just a good guy.”

Joe Anderson said he appreciated Ramsey’s values. “I’ve known Bob for a while, and I support his conservative values,” he said.

Fran Bennett said, “I know he’s a good man, and he is going to do what is right for Blount County,” she said.

Margaret Ramsey, the state representative’s wife, said when her husband first decided to run for the position after State Rep. Doug Overbey vacated his seat to run for the state senate, she was confident he would do well. “I knew how much he enjoyed serving on county commission and as county executive twice. “It is different, because it is in Nashville, but I fully support him. He does love it,” she said. “He told me he likes trying to help solve people’s problems.”

Leroy Rogers said Ramsey has been his dentist for a long time. “He represents us very well, and he visits his constituents, even at the nursing home, and makes sure we know what is going on in Nashville.”

Jerome Moon, District 4-C commissioner, said that he got to see what Nashville thought of Rep. Ramsey on his visits this session, and that it was obvious other lawmakers had tremendous support for him. “He has served as a sounding board for a lot of senior lawmakers,” Moon said.

Ramsey thanked folks for stopping by the Tuesday evening reception. “I’m so grateful and encouraged so many people came. I am announcing early, and I’m so grateful for folks to take time to show appreciation for public servants,” he said. “If I had any reservations, those reservations are erased after this wonderful encouragement.”

Jeremiah Tener praised Ramsey’s character. “He’s a servant leader, a man of character. He’s very honest and a man of integrity,” Tener said.

Holden Lail, District 6-A commissioner, said Ramsey is a true gentleman of Blount County who listens to those he represents. “If someone has a problem with government, he listens, and he does a great job,” Lail said.

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