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Voter Guide August 2012: Road Superintendent

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Voter Guide August 2012: Road Superintendent | Elections, Murfreesboro, Road Superintendent, Greg Brooks, BJ Smotherman, Del Corbitt, Politics, GOP
Greg Brooks (R)
Occupation:  Former Co-Owner of B & M Paving Co., Inc.; Current Cattle Farmer
Education:   High School Graduate
Campaign Website:  voteforgregbrooks.com, Facebook-Greg Brooks for Road Superintendent, Twitter-Greg Brooks

Why are you running?
Rutherford County has one of the top-rated road systems in the state under the direction of Mike Williams and his staff. 
When I learned the current superintendent was retiring, I felt like this opened a window of opportunity to put my 30 years of experience to work for the citizens of Rutherford County.  Coming from a lifetime of private sector road construction experience, I know how to find opportunities to save money without compromising quality or safety.
Rutherford County is my home and a great place to live. I want to be a part of its success.

What is the most pressing issue facing the Highway Department and your solution?
The biggest immediate issue concerning the RCHD is electing someone who is competent to continue to run one of the state’s largest highway departments with excellence.
My 30 years experience in the road construction industry makes me the solution to that dilemma. The finances, the functions, and the employees of this office must be in capable hands.

Del Corbitt (I)
Occupation:  Rutherford County Engineer
 Education:  Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas, Masters of Science in Public Health from Tulane University
Campaign Website: delcorbitt.com
 
Why are you running?
My 36 years experience as an engineer in doing road, water and sewer construction projects from Alaska to Florida and areas in between, have prepared me for this position.
I am running as an independent because I feel that the position should be held based on education and total project experience, and not party affiliation. I can bring those 36 years, 25 of which were in federal service, of engineering and administrative practice to the highway department to react to our tremendous growth and the challenges it causes.
Through the use of new technological advances, coupled with the most efficient use of the current equipment and personnel, we can meet these challenges head on to ensure the safety of the highways for our families.
 
What is the most pressing issue facing the Highway Department and your solution?
As most government entities these days, the most pressing issue is how to do more with less.
The highway department’s revenues are from the gas tax, the wheel tax, and a resource tax on rock that is mined in the county. These revenue streams are shrinking, except the wheel tax, but the maintenance requirements of the department are expanding.
In addition, the increased traffic loads will require the department to try to make improvements to the roads for safety.
We all do not want additional taxes. So to make up the gap in required funding, we will be a need to pursue federal and state highway grants to fund these additional needs.
I have experience in previous jobs in successfully pursuing these alternative funding sources.

James “BJ” Smotherman Jr. (D)
Occupation: Owner & Operator of BJ Smotherman Trucking, LLC
Education: High School Graduate
Campaign contact information: bjsmotherman@gmail.com or you can find us on facebook under Vote BJ Smotherman

Why are you running?
Let me start by saying, I have worked at the Rutherford County Highway Department before in the past.
There are a lot of great people that work there that serve the county very efficiently by doing many various jobs, it’s a great atmosphere!
I believe that I would fit in well there by serving the people of Rutherford County with my hands-on skills, open-mindedness and my ability to work well with others. ‘It’s a job that I have a passion for and road work and maintenance are what I know.
 
What is the most pressing issue facing the Highway Department and your solution?
I think that the most pressing issue at the Rutherford County Highway Department is the same as in other government jobs: It is the budget that we will have to work within.
The cost of tires, fuel, asphalt, parts, repairs, shop supplies and equipment are all very high.
I think with proper money management and communication with each department supervisor regarding finding ways to save funds would be very beneficial. Any savings could be used for future budget needs or any unexpected cost.
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