Chamber of Commerce hosts Bristol, TN City Council Candidates forum

BRISTOL, Tenn. -
It was a full room at the Bruton Smith Building in Bristol Thursday evening.
Bristol, Tennessee City Council Candidates were on hand, to speak to the public and address questions prepared by the Bristol Chamber of Commerce.

We've learned there are nine candidates running for the open seats. One for the east district, one for south, and one for the west district.
We spoke to the eight candidates who were at the forum and asked eachof them the same question: What do you think Bristol needs the most?
In the east district, they tell News 5, "I think jobs, and for me we create jobs starting with education," says Chad Keen.

Dr. Morgan Lorio tells us, "I think outside the box, I invent things, publish, patented, etc. And I think I can take hold of those things and help build Bristol further."

"I believe Bristol needs an educated and skilled work force, and we've been working with the school system diligently to try to get this in place," and Joel Staton.

West district candidates say,
"I believe we can do a better job to marketing Bristol to bring in more jobs with sustainable wages," says Lea Powers.

"I think Bristol just needs an opportunity to expand on some of the things we've laid ground for the last few years," David Shumaker tells us.

And in the south district,
"Needs to continue with the vision and direction we have, we are the Birth Place of Country Music, we've got a hole lot of community pride," says Margaret Feierabend.

"Our expenses are going up, our revenues are going down. So, in turn our property taxes are having to go up and it's on the shoulders of property owners," Vince Turner explains.

And Jack Young says, "manufacturing emphasis, we've had a variety of different focuses over the years and we've had some great results with non profits."

    Early voting begins May 1st and the election is May 21st.

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