Kevin Rice, an Oak Ridge High School graduate, is running for Anderson County Commission in District 7, which includes the Highland View, Glenwood, and Pine Valley precincts, a press release said.
Rice has served on the Anderson County Jail Committee and now serves on the Anderson County Beer Board, the press release said. He also volunteers as a Neighborhood Watch block captain and as a district leader for the Watch Group in the Jackson Square area.
Rice is a member of the Oak Ridge Quarterback Club, Football Boosters, and Oak Ridge Boys and Girls Club Alumni. He is also a member of the Anderson County Underage Drinking Task Force.
Rice said his goal as a commissioner is to cut taxes by recruiting high-tech jobs, small businesses, hotels, and tourism.
â€œThe potential for increased tourism in the county is abundant,â€ Rice said. â€œHowever, added attractions would be beneficial to the city and county in many ways. Our young people, as well as our treasured senior citizens, need a variety of activities to keep Anderson County the best choice to work and live,Â now and in the future.â€
Rice said the county needs more affordable housing for middle-income families.
He said he believes that working closer with other officials in city and county management will generate ideas and spur discussion in these and other areas to keep tax dollars within Anderson County.
The release said Rice and his family are lifelong residents of Oak Ridge, and he promises to keep the city and county his priority for â€œimprovement with integrity.â€
â€œI urge you to vote on Aug. 7,â€ Rice said. â€œYour support for my candidacy is greatly appreciated.â€
If you would like to discuss any issues you may have, you can call Rice at (865) 220-8455 or (865) 227-5436 or send him an e-mail at [email protected].