County Commissioner Candidates
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Tyler Mayes is a lifelong Anderson Countian who has worked and served in local government for over a decade. A 2002 Clinton High graduate, Mayes received a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Leadership Studies from Lincoln Memorial University. He later received his Master’s and post-graduate degrees in Leadership and Supervision from LMU in 2013. In 2014, he completed the Public Administration certificate from the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service.
An active leader in our community, Mayes is a member of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce and recently graduated from the Chamber’s Leadership Anderson County program. He serves on the Anderson County Board of Trustees and is on the Anderson County Emergency Communications Board of Directors.
Mayes believes that County Commission is our citizens conduit to our local government. He says, “It’s not about my agenda. It’s solely about being the voice for the people.”
Mayes lives in Claxton with his wife, Rachel, and two kids, Kennedy and Jack. He is the founder and co-owner of Clinch River Marketing. He also serves as the Director of Administrative Services for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
Michael Foster is a lifelong resident of Anderson County, graduating Clinton
High School in 2002, then going on to graduate from the University of
Tennessee in 2006. He went on to receive his certification as a Certified Public
Manager as well as a Certified Municipal Finance Officer, using that
knowledge to currently serve as the City Manager for Rocky Top. Foster is
currently working on becoming a Tennessee Certified Economic Developer.
He has over 6 years of government management and finance experience.
Foster is a member of the Clinton Rotary Club, Anderson County Chamber,
Tennessee Municipal League, the Anderson County Chamber Government
and Community Relations Committee and ASAP of Anderson Coalition. He
serves on various boards throughout the county, including Anderson County
Chamber, Rocky Top Chamber, Anderson County Economic Development
Association, Boys and Girls Club of North Anderson County, United Way and
Adventure Anderson. Additionally, Foster was named the 2018 Anderson
County Young Professional of the Year and 2013 graduate of Leadership
Foster lives in Clinton with his wife, Katie, son, Tate and twin daughters,
Graylin and Denton and attends Faith Promise Church.
Foster is a strong conservative who believes in low taxes and efficient
government. He is a supporter of public education, with belief that decisions
concerning students should be made at the local level. He is dedicated to
economic and community development and believes in a strong workforce
development. Foster would bring experienced conservative leadership to the
Anderson County Commission.
For more information on Foster, please visit ‘Foster for Anderson County
Commission – District 2’ on Facebook or contact Foster directly at
FosterForCommission@gmail.com or at (865) 803-4813.
Life long resident of Anderson County, graduate of Clinton High School Resident of District 2 for 29 years
Member of Temple Baptist Church
Actively involved in Student Ministries
Teens for Christ Sponsor at Clinton Middle and Clinton High School
Teaching Ministry to Female Inmates at Anderson County Jail
Graduate of East Tennessee State University - BSAH
Member of the American Registry of Radiological Technologists
TN State License - Xray, Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance
15 Years in Healthcare as Radiological Technologist
Former Small Business Owner
Banking, Human Resources (Government Contractor)
Stay at home mom during Elementary to High School years
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Lindsay Smith has an extensive legal background, encompassing many attributes, she brings to County Commission. She is a critical thinker; understands various types of law, investigation, document research, and examination.
She has a paralegal degree. She graduated with a 4.0 and was inducted into numerous honor societies while also juggling motherhood and assisting on high-profile criminal cases. She understands the importance of adhering to deadlines and maintaining a high level of attention to several important things at one time.
Smith is fiscally conservative, and she understands the importance of a balanced budgets with the most important things being funded first. She will strive to insure citizens' tax dollars are being spent wisely and conservatively with a view of the future - not just the here and now.
Smith feels that transparency in Government is one of the most important issues. It gives a voice and power to the Citizens - how it was always supposed to be. She will strive to stay educated and to inform the Citizens of everything in an understandable manner. Her votes will be what the Citizens want, not what necessarily what she deems is best for them.
Shelly Vandagriff grew up in the Fairview community, and currently resides in the Glen Alpine community of District 3. She works as a Quality Manager at Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee, where she has been employed for the past 17 years. She attends Bethel Baptist Church.
Vandagriff has served on the NAGAF Recreation Board of Directors since 2011, serving as the Secretary from 2011 until 2021. She serves on the Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Jacksboro Campus Manufacturing Technology Advisory Board. She is past President of the Anderson County Wrestling Boosters Club. She also volunteers with Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, Anderson County and Tri-County Veterans Breakfast, Tennessee Cinderella Scholarship Program, and Wreaths Across America. She is a graduate of 2019 Anderson County Leadership program.
Shelly is experienced at creating, managing, and tracking budgets, a skill she uses daily in her professional career and in her volunteer positions in the community. She believes in conservative stewardship of taxpayers' money.
Vandagriff lives in the Glen Alpine community with her husband, Keith Vandagriff and her four children, Justin, Carson, Lillian and Sylvia. She is the daughter of Evert and Karen DeVente of the Fairview community and daughter-in-law of Jim and Peggy Vandagriff of the Glen Alpine community.
Tim Isbel is an incumbent and 12-year veteran of county commission. He has served on numerous committees and as chairman of the commission. He is owner of Unlimited Fluid Power in Rocky Top, Tennessee. He is happy to speak with anyone who would like to contact him at
Amy is running for County Commission in the 4th District which includes:
ROCKY TOP, BRICEVILLE, NEW RIVER/ROSEDALE & CLINTON MIDDLE
She had not planned to run for commission this time however after a lot of praying, and asking for a direct answer 4 days before the deadline, she felt she received an answer. She picked up her petition on Monday afternoon and was able to qualify on Wednesday morning with 67 signatures. If she had decided to wait to run, the 4th district would only have 1 Republican candidate for commission.
She was truly honored to be elected as Republican State Executive Committeewoman for the Republican Party in August 2018 - a position which is an elected office though is a volunteer position with no pay or reimbursement. It actually cost money to serve. She voted to close primaries, which is needed to stop democrat crossover. She has served on the Communication and Political State Committees. She was appointed by Trump’s Campaign to run on the ballot as a Delegate for Trump, and was elected, serving in that position during the 2020 election. She is the past Vice Chair of the Anderson County Republican party, current Treasurer for the Anderson Co Federated Republican Women and has helped numerous Republicans in their campaigns.
Amy is a lifelong Republican (raised Republican with conservative values), a tradition she has continued with her family. She currently resides in Briceville with her husband William Jones, a past chair of the Anderson County Republican Party. Together they hosted the largest Reagan day dinner in Anderson Co history in 2016. They have one daughter Samantha, Grandson Wyatt and Granddaughter Paisleigh. They are members of Main Street Baptist Church. She is a licensed Insurance and Real Estate Agent.
She is very active in the community and sits on several boards and organizations including member of the Rocky Top Chamber of Commerce, Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, Chair of the Women’s Ministry Dinner at church, Member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Order of the Amaranth, Diabetes Fundraiser Coordinator, ORSSAB Board Member, past Vice Chair of the Policy Council for Headstart, 2-Year Chair of a 501c3 Diabetes Board, past and current leader and member of several community boards (too many to list here!) as well as volunteer, supporter and leader for numerous charitable organizations.
As a commissioner she would focus more on development and planning as a county. She will open public comment and increase transparency. She will work with all the cities and communities in the county to better coordinate services and resources. She will work with other Elected Officials to increase capacity and accountability with all county departments starting with the Commission.
The biggest issue facing Anderson County is growth. Growth in the County is inevitable and only with calculated planning and purposeful economic development can growth be managed. Business, agriculture, manufacturing and communities all need each other to thrive, but the county also needs reasonable housing, a strong workforce, and to maintain quality of life. County Commission must work together and coordinate with cities, rural areas, developers, agriculture and businesses to have a long term plan that addresses water, waste, roads, communications and power.
She says, "County Commission should work together for the good of our county. We don’t need more unnecessary tax increases. This is not a self serving office it is an office of the people and as such it should be the people’s voice. I will listen to the people, and their needs. You should always remember who you are and whom you represent. Conservative leadership matters now more than ever, it matters who governs. I have a strong work ethic and will be a countable to the people I serve, I want to be a conservation voice for the people of district 4 and our county. I love my community, and would be honored with the opportunity to serve the people, I will listen and do everything I can to help improve the county by not imposing unnecessary taxes, way to improve and continue to help our community grow at the same time watching out for the needs of growth."
District 5 (unopposed)
Anthony Allen has worked hard to bring reforms to the local area as a long-time resident of Oak Ridge. During the four years he served as Chairman for the Anderson County Republican Party he implemented a regular monthly meeting schedule and led the most successful fundraising campaign the local party ever had, grossing over $65,000. Anthony broke the local party away from the Democrat-led candidate forums so that the Republican party can showcase their own great candidates to our citizens. He currently serves as Chair Emeritus of the Party.
While serving on the board of Choices Resource Center, Anthony was instrumental in bringing it through a very difficult time,. He ran a Sunday School department at his church for 10 years. He fought to add the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday to the official calendar in Oak Ridge Schools, Oak Ridge City, and Anderson County governments, and the DOE contractor. He was also part of the campaign to have "In God We Trust" permanently placed on the Anderson County Courthouse in Clinton, Tennessee.
Anthony earned his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and Master of Science in Computer Science from UT. He has held Q and L clearances as an Instrumentation/Computer Applications Engineer/Contract Administrator/Self Assessment Program Manager.
Anthony continues to serve the community as a tutor for students learning computer science and he runs a small business, Allen Integrated Technologies.
Cell phone: (865 310-0136)
A man with a long history of ethical conduct and making and keeping commitments.
Former Chair of ANDERSON COUNTY Republican Party.
Former GOP Candidate for TN House District 33 – won 4-way primary but lost election by 142 votes out of 20,000 votes cast.
Elected to Anderson County Charter Commission –District 6.
(New Charter will be on November 2022 ballot)
12 years as conservative voice on Anderson County Commission
-The county tax rate in District 6 was $2.68 when I came into office 12 years ago. Now it's down to $2.456. Played a major role in getting traffic cameras removed from Oak Ridge. 8 years as Chair of the TN County Commission Association Veterans Committee.
Family Man with strong ties to the community:
- Resident of Oak Ridge for over 35 years
- Married to his best friend, Leslie, for 53 years
- Four daughters graduated from Oak Ridge High School
- Nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren
- Grandchildren and Great Grandson have attended Oak Ridge Schools
Distinguished Military Career:
-21 ½ years in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarines- 13 submarine patrols. Paygrades E-1 to E-6 and then O-1 to O-4. Executive Officer of overseas command – last 3 ½ years. Retired as Lieutenant Commander February 1988.
-8 ½ years' service in the TN State Guard-Regiment level Recruiting Manager, Operations Officer, Executive Officer, and finally 3 years as Commander of the 3rd Regiment which covers the 23 eastern Tennessee counties. Retired as Colonel TNSG.
- B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico
- M.S. Business Administration, Boston University
Real Life Experience:
- 26 years as project manager at the three Oak Ridge DOE nuclear plants (X-10/ORNL, K-25/ETTP, and last 8 1/2 years Y-12 Production Facilities)
- 33 years operating successful financial services business with wife Leslie.
865-773-4177; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sabra has been a resident of Oak Ridge for 14 years, along with her husband Alan and their son Caleb, who attends Oak Ridge High School.
They support the Family Justice Center, St Joseph Food Pantry, Blankenship Field Revitalization, and Oak Ridge High School sports.
Sabra has been active in political campaigns from the local level to the federal level all across Tennessee for more than a decade and has served in the past as the Vice Chair of the Anderson County Republican Party. She understands how Anderson County Government operates and the challenges that will be faced in the future. She was unanimously appointed to serve as Anderson Charter Commissioner for District 7 in 2021. She is employed as a Senior Probation Officer with Probation Services Inc. in Clinton.
865-776-8880 Email: email@example.com
Steve stated, "I decided that if not me, then who? After worrying about my grandchildren's future in this country, I decided that I can bring my conservative values to my local government which is the most important government to us. When I moved to Oak Ridge, I felt at home before I closed on my house on West Outer. I want to do all I can to help improve our neighborhood at the county level."
Steve cares about his family and about the country. As a military father, he has strong opinions on what is right and what is just. His work history supports his knowledge of several county budgetary and operational functions.
Steve is running to bring his conservative values to decision making on the county commission. He states, "I am a regular person with common sense and want to ensure that during these trying times in DC we do not find ourselves in the same situation at the local level. The State of Tennessee ranks high on spending restraint and balanced budgets and I want to bring those party ideals to the county commission. After all, I am a citizen first."
He would like the folks in his district to know the following:
I have NO conflicts of interest that keep me from voting on issues that impact your life
I bring common sense decision-making to the table
I support full transparency of commission business
I support responsible tax spending with accountability
I promise that all decisions that come before me will be reviewed through a Conservative and fiscally responsible lens
I promise Open Door policies and access to your representative
I will encourage honesty and integrity in all actions by the commission
I will promote communication TO the citizens from the commission
Guided by her love for God and country Myra Mansfield wants to be a conservative voice for the residents of District 8. She has been prepared by her lifelong dedication to this community through church and non-profit leadership, government and community service, and currently serves as Chairwoman for Anderson County Republican Party. Please see a more complete bio on her website or give her a call at 865-712-8027. She humbly asks you to vote for her in the August 4th election.
Jake Martin is a lifetime Oak Ridger with a record as a fair and compassionate public servant. For 15 years he has worked for the City of Oak Ridge in code enforcement helping liaison work with the County.