Steve Mead is seeking re-election to Anderson County Commission in District 6.
The Sixth District includes the Oak Ridge City Hall, Robertsville, and West Hills precincts. Those include the Anderson County portion of Oak Ridge, including the areas around the Children’s Museum, the new Kroger, and Main Street Oak Ridge, and west to the Roane County line.
Mead and his family settled in Oak Ridge in 1987 after he served 21.5 years in the U.S. Submarine Force. Mead had worked his way up from seaman recruit to petty officer first class (E-6), and he was then selected for an active duty college program in which he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a press release said. He returned as an officer to the submarine force, serving both at sea and overseas.
During his last tour as executive officer of a joint staff near London, England, he earned his master’s degree in business administration from Boston University.
When he retired from the Navy, Mead came to Oak Ridge and worked in project management at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, East Tennessee Technology Park (the former K-25 site), and then Y-12, retiring in 2012, the press release said.
For more than 29 years, Mead and his wife have also owned and operated a successful financial services business, with Mead continuing to work at the U.S. Department of Energy plants, the press release said. It said Mead has had many years of experience with supervisory-level state and federal licenses in securities and insurance.
“He (Mead) knows about budgeting and the evils of irresponsible spending and debt,” the press release said.
Mead has served on the Budget, Audit, Operations, Legal Services, Nominating, Veterans, Purchasing, Rules, and Legislative committees for Anderson County. He is the only commissioner on the County Library Board, the press release said. He also serves on three Tennessee County Commission Association state-wide committees including Transportation and Governmental Affairs and is currently the chair of the Veterans Committee.
“Mead wants to continue supporting Anderson County with his experience and strong management skills,” the press release said.
It said Mead has been married to his best friend Leslie for 49 years, raised four daughters in the district, and has had four (of his nine) grandchildren attend Oak Ridge schools. The Meads hosted numerous exchange students and participated in the Ulster Project, the press release said. It said Mead was the official photographer for the high school drama club (Masquers) for nine years, and he sings and plays guitar for various nonprofit organizataions, community clubs, and senior groups. He has been a regular on the “Cass Walker Farm and Home Show” on area cable television (Channel 12) for years, the press release said.
“Steve is a family man with strong ties to the community and a long history of service,” the press release said. “He has the formal education, real-life experience, and demonstrated the ability to take charge and get the job done. But most of all, he has a long history of ethical conduct, and making and keeping commitments.”
The Anderson County general election is August 2. Early voting starts Friday, July 13, and continues through July 28.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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