Del Corbitt, Rutherford County engineer for the past 14 years, announced Friday the opening of his campaign for the position of Rutherford County Highway Superintendent. He is running as an independent candidate.
"The individual in this position should be elected based on the technical knowledge and skills necessary to analyze infrastructure needs to ensure the safety and welfare of our community and not on the political party of the candidates," Corbitt said. "Road and bridge safety and maintenance have nothing to do with party affiliation."
During his time with the county, Corbitt has been involved with various road projects involving county drainage issues. Among those, he supervised the $8 million construction of Halls Hill Pike.
"This is the only road construction project the county has done from start to finish," Corbitt said. He added that the project was completed early and under budget.
Corbitt's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from the University of Texas and a Master's degree in Public Health from Tulane University.
Corbitt is a native of Florida, and he came to Rutherford County after 25 years of service in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Public Health Service.
"My education and technical training and 31 years as a registered professional engineer in project management have provided me with the skills needed to be Rutherford County's next Highway Superintendent," he said.
Corbitt has in place a steering committee that includes Jerry and Nancy Allen, Ed and Terri Alexander, Gordon and Sara Bell, Gale and Jonelle Prince, Bobby and Anne Francis, and Bill and Joanne Hollingsworth.
A meet and greet reception will be held for Corbitt from 4-8 p.m. June 16 at the home of Gordon and Sara Bell at 718 N. Maney Ave.
Those who would like to discuss highway or related issues or help to support his candidacy by placing a sign on their property can reach Corbitt at 615-890-4624 or by e-mail at email@example.com.