DISTRICT 1: Debt reduction main priority for Sutton


Toney Sutton, who will contend with two incumbents in the Republican primary to serve District 1, claims ites etime for changee on the Williamson County Commission and believes in a two-term limit

Toney Sutton, who will contend with two incumbents in the Republican primary to serve District 1, claims ites etime for changee on the Williamson County Commission and believes in a two-term limit. The five-year Fairview city commissioner said he will work to reduce the county debt, which is at half a billion dollars, and try to create sense of unity between the county and municipalities.eeee

Party affiliation: Republican

Residence: Fairview

Education: Some college

Spouse/children: Wife Sheryl and three children

Occupation: Program director for Williamson County sheriffes department

Religious affiliation: Christian

Served on Fairview commission since: 2008

Why are you running?

Iem running for county commission, because I feel we need a closer connection between the county and cities. Therees too much separation between county and city, such as with willingness to work on projects, like highway paving. In our district, you have sections of a road where it may interject in county property. The county comes up and paves that one piece, and often does not cooperate with the city, and the city often does not cooperate with the county. Letes pave the whole road, or it costs a lot more to everybody. Or animal control the city pays a fee for that, and it should be county taxation.

What are the top three issues you would like to address/advocate for if elected?

I think we need better stewardship of the budget. I donet think we need more taxes; we need to concentrate on what we have and pay debt. It needs to be reduced rather than make interest payments.

It can be done by getting rid of some assets that are not functional, like the hospital, and weeve talked about selling that. That would pay off our general debt if we sold that. I donet believe we should be in the hospital business. Thates just one thing. I will not vote for a tax increase or a line item in the budget that will create one.

I just believe if Iem elected, Iell be able to serve the people in the district, and I believe in term limits two terms.

How do you think serving the Fairview city commission has prepared you to serve the county commission?

At the city level, Iem a board commissioner, on the planning committee, on the board of zoning and appeals and on the budget committee. Just the experience of being on these boards I think has prepared me more so than other commissioners for governing.

Why should citizens vote for you?

I feel like I can serve them better than what we have, and Iem not knocking anyone else. I will stand up for the people in District 1 and serve the rest of the county, and just try to bring in some positive workmanship. The first district is different; ites not just the small town of Fairview anymore. The district has grown, and youeve got a lot of people involved in this district now; ites very diverse.

Ites time for some change, and I believe I can work well with the other commissioners. Most are running opposed this time. I think this is good; ites healthy. It should never be shoe-ins with things like this. The public should get more involved. The last election, only like 7.5 percent of people voted, which is ridiculous. Therees a lack of concern for leadership, and the only voice theyeve got is their vote.

Suttones campaign website is under way.

Jessica Pace covers Williamson County, Williamson County Schools and the Town of Nolensville for BrentWord Communications. Contact her at jess@brentwoodhomepage.com or follow her on Twitter @Jess_Marie_Pace.

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