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Tim Bunch of Samburg is announcing his candidacy as an independent candidate for county executive in Thurs-day's Obion County general election.He
is seeking growth for the county in an effort to provide jobs and a secure future for local children.
"I want to see Obion County grow and I guess the main thing is seeing our kids get a good education so that they won't move away," he
said."I want them to be able to stay here and have jobs here."Bunch
, 44, emphasized he
is interested in working hand-in-hand with every community in Obion County, not just certain communities."I want to work with the whole county," he
"My goal is to clean up Obion County and see it grow, to have more jobs here," he
added."I'm working for more industry for Obion County."Bunch
is a lifelong resident of Obion County and the Reelfoot Lake area.He
is the son of George and "Dot" Bunch of Samburg.He
wife, Kim, are the parents of three children -- Ashley Nicole Bunch, Alexa Callie Bunch and Brock Chandler Davis.A 1976 graduate of Obion County Central High School, he has served in several leadership positions in past years, including a term as the mayor of Samburg.He has also served the Reelfoot Lake Regional Utility District for 14 years, serving as a director for 11 years and as chairman of the board for the last three years.He formerly worked for Reelfoot Packing Co. and Zep Corp., and has also been a professional fishing and hunting guide on Reelfoot Lake for 25 years.
This is Bunch's first bid for the county executive position.He
is thankful for the support he
has received during his
"I appreciate everybody's support," Bunch said."I want to ask for the voters' consideration Thursday.I'm asking for their support and help to be their next county executive."
Tim Bunch was nervous at first but at last calmed down.
The men were taking part in a three-way debate at the Obion County Courthouse Thursday evening.
Sponsored by the Obion County Democratic Party, the debate featured the three candidates running for Obion County executive.They include:
, an independent, who is a newcomer to the public eye in a political sense.
A crowd of about 150 filled the Circuit Court courtroom, where the debate got under way at 7 p.m. and concluded at 8.
alluded to his
personal life when he
assured the crowd "everything has worked out," referring to a domestic dispute.
However, Long answered the question, as did Bunch
said the way he
sees it, all this garbage ought not to be coming into Obion County in the first place."My opinion about the 25 cent or 50 cent or whatever, we shouldn't allow any other place to be dumping on us," he
said."We have enough garbage of our own."
* Qualifications for office
...Bunch said he's had the experience of being mayor of Samburg and a member of the Reelfoot Lake Utility district board.
* Reelfoot Lake spillway
said if there's anything he
knows something about, it's Reelfoot Lake, because that's where he's
from."The state of Tennessee does not have the money to fix the Reelfoot Lake bridge," he
said."They've turned it over to the Corps, and Kentucky's trying to hold us back.The problem of the bridge is they do not have the funding (for it)."
* New high school for Obion County Central
and Long said they favor building a new high school but are inclined to agree with Cranford about the financial angle.
...Bunch said he's not county executive but would like to be.
"My main concern is to see the county grow and for the people to get together and work together," he