Longtime local businessman Joey Anderson has announced he is running for Anderson County Commission in District 6 in the Aug. 7 election. District 6 includes the City Hall, Robertsville, and West Hills voting precincts in Oak Ridge.
Anderson is a 1986 graduate of Oak Ridge High School and earned a BBA in business management from East Tennessee State University.
Growing up active in the Boy Scouts of America, earning the prestigious Eagle award, and being involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Oak Ridge has carried over to remaining active in the community, a press release said. He is currently serving as president of the Oak Ridge Boys and Girls Club Alumni. He was also treasurer for many years for the alumni. Anderson is also a member of the Oak Ridge Quarterback Club.
Andersonâ€™s roots are deep in Oak Ridge, the release said. He operated and managed Andersonâ€™s Hilltop Market for 18 years, carrying on the family business started in 1944 by his grandfather, Joe Anderson. Anderson said his small business background would help him navigate managerial and budgetary challenges on the Commission if elected.
As County Commissioner, Anderson said his primary responsibility would be to represent the people, to be the voice of and relay information to the citizens of the Sixth District. Anderson also wants to bring a fresh perspective to the Commission, focusing on working together as a dedicated team with the city to continue to bring more industry, business and additional jobs, and continued revenue to Anderson County, the press release said.
Anderson lives in the West Hills subdivision with his wife of 20 years, Kristi Anderson, and their two daughters Ragan Anderson, who attends Oak Ridge High School, and Rylee Anderson, who attends Robertsville Middle School.
â€œMy girls are growing up in this community,” Anderson said. “Iâ€™ve never considered myself a politician. This county means a lot to me and my family, so I decided to set an example for my girls and give back to the community. My goal is to help make Anderson County as good as it can possibly be.”