Michael Marsh is running for Anderson County Commission in District 7 in the Aug. 7 county election. His District 7 voting precincts include Glenwood, Pine Valley, and Highland View.
In a press release, Marsh said the commission has made many contributions during the last 28 years.
“I feel with an open seat in District 7 now is the time to bring fresh ideas and new strategies to our county,” he said in the press release.
Marsh said county officials must work together to reduce taxes and attract new jobs and affordable housing, tourism, and opportunities for small family-run businesses.
“(Marsh) is ready to use his vision, hard work ethic, and cooperative spirit for his constituents,” the release said.
Marsh and his wife Wanda have operated M&W Auto Repair, a family-owned business in Oak Ridge, for the past 25 years. Marsh said he has also won Best Auto Tech for many years.
“I feel that owning this shop and working there has helped me prepare to better serve you,” he said. “Operating a successful business requires communication skills, regular education updates, as well as training new employees and budgeting. My many years of dealing with the public will allow me a smooth transition to service as a county commissioner.”
The press release said Marsh is very active in his church and the community. He and Wanda have been married 40 years, and they have two daughters and three grandchildren. Marsh said he served one term on the board of directors for Girls Inc. and coached Biddy Ball for several years there also.
Marsh has also served three terms as the Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1685, Oak Ridge, where he was able to work with various committees to help the Emory Valley Center and Free Medical Clinic, as well as many drug awareness and veterans programs. He is also a member of the Eagles.
“I want the residents of District 7 to have a new voice in our county (and) not just pay taxes here,” he said.
Marsh said he is a Wildcats fan who has displayed one of the original Blankenship signs on his business for more than 15 years.