David Stanley, a doctor running for Anderson County Charter Commission, supports term limits for the county mayor and the County Commission, as well as more active citizen participation, a press release said.
Stanley is running for the District 7 seat on the eight-member Charter Commission in the November 8 election. District 7 includes the Highland View, Glenwood, and Pine Valley voting precincts.
Stanley was born and raised in Maryville, the press release said. After obtaining his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and graduating from medical school in Memphis, Stanley spent time as a medical missionary in Laos, where he founded a modest hospital on the border of Cambodia and Laos, bringing modern medicine to the area for the first time, the press release said.
Once he returned to the United States, he moved his young family to Oak Ridge, where he built his medical practice from the ground up, the release said.
“David was able to follow his passion and his calling to help others by serving thousands of Anderson County families as their surgeon and the president of Oak Ridge Surgeons, the founder of The Vascular Diagnostic Center, and most recently as the director of the Wound Treatment Center at Methodist Medical Center,” the press release said.
In the 45 years that Stanley has been an Oak Ridge resident, he has served as a volunteer and on committees of numerous local civic organizations, schools, and churches, and he “is always impressed by the efforts of the citizens of Anderson County to improve their community,” the press release said.
In addition to this, he has served on an array of medical committees and also served as president of the International College of Surgeons, was a delegate to the American Medical Association and the Tennessee Medical Association, and was chief of staff at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
Stanley is married to Marilyn Stanley, who is a retired nurse and owner of Old Towne Inn of Oak Ridge and G.P. Developments, also of Oak Ridge.
When asked what changes he felt would benefit the county, Stanley said in the press release, “I feel strongly that more citizens should serve on Commission boards and that all Commission meetings should be open to the community. ”
Stanley said he would also like to ensure that there are reasonable term limits set for all local government positions in order to encourage fairness and transparency among local lawmakers. He is in support of limiting positions to two consecutive four-year terms, the press release said.
“I believe that citizens should have a voice in the laws and regulations that effect them,” Stanley said. “By the commissioners and citizens working together, we can strengthen our community and experience more prosperity and equality in our beautiful city.”
There are three candidates for the District 7 seat on Charter Commission. Besides Stanley, the other candidates are Marjorie Mott Lloyd and Theresa Scott. You can follow our 2016 election coverage here. You can see the November 8 sample ballot, which includes Anderson County Charter Commission candidates, here.
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