Election 2022: Hamblen County

Meet the candidates in Hamblen County.
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Published: Apr. 29, 2022 at 4:30 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2022 at 5:05 PM EDT
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Bill Brittain

Race: County Mayor

Party: Republican

Address: Hamblen County

Profession: Current Hamblen County Mayor

Bill Brittan Hamblen County Mayor
Bill Brittan Hamblen County Mayor(Hamblen County)

Biography: Bill Brittain is running for re-election as Hamblen County Mayor in 2022 to continue his work making Morristown and Hamblen County a better place to live, work and raise a family.

Brittain has focused much of his time and energy developing partnerships to build the county’s economy, promote education, improve county services and manage the county’s finances.

Brittain, a Republican, was first elected county mayor in 2010 after serving 16 years as County Trustee. During his time as county mayor, Brittain has taken on some of the county’s biggest challenges.

  • He has teamed with employers, educators, and trainers to energize workforce development efforts to help prepare workers with the technical and problem-solving skills needed for today’s jobs in advanced manufacturing, healthcare, education and other retail service industries.
  • He has taken an aggressive approach to manage the County’s finances. The last financial audit shows the county ended the 2021 fiscal year with the largest reserves in history. It also has its best credit rating and one of the lowest property tax rates in East Tennessee.
  • He has worked diligently with the county commission to address the overcrowded, deteriorated conditions of a 43-year-old county justice center. Work has begun on the construction of a new facility that is a 50-year solution to the issue.

Brittain wants to finish what he has started. He asks for your vote and support in the May 2022 Republican Primary and the August general election.

Christopher Jordan Black

Race: County Mayor

Party: Democrat

Address: Hamblen County

Profession: Public Relations Consultant

Christopher Jordan Black
Christopher Jordan Black(Christopher Jordan Black)

Biography: Black is driven and optimistic. At age 32, it’s been said that he has accomplished more than many individuals twice his age. From serving as a civic committee chair at age 17 to leading the fight against unnecessary bureaucracy on behalf of the students of Tennessee’s public universities during his undergraduate years, he understands the importance of living a life in public service. Black is a lifelong resident of Hamblen County and is a proud graduate of Morristown-Hamblen High School West, The University of Tennessee and Liberty University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, two Master of Arts in Public Policy, and a Juris Master. When he isn’t on the campaign trail, Black works as a Public Relations Consultant. In his spare time, he serves in an array of advisory and leadership roles for clubs and organizations throughout the Southeast. In consideration of his life’s experiences, coupled with an extraordinary passion to serve the 65,000+ residents of Hamblen County, he is uniquely qualified to serve as our next mayor. When elected, his primary areas of focus will center on addressing government spending and the gross public debt, restoring confidence in local government and addressing neighborhood inequality.

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