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ELECTION 2020 - 5th District County Commission
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Myers grew up in the nursery business working on his family farm and then transitioned into the timber and forestry business. He’s had that career for 23 years.

“Right now in Warren County we’re able to provide above average services for a below average cost of living,” said Myers. “When you compare that to Nashville or Western Carolina, we’re a relatively cheap place to live but we have great places to visit and great places to work so how do you create policies to do that?”

Myers said one way to help Warren County is to ensure our children are attracted back here to live after they go off to college. 

“We do that by supporting existing business, whether that’s in manufacturing, car parts, tires or growing trees for nursery or timber or even with our public utilities,” said Myers. “How do we encourage our public utilities to grow and serve other communities because that creates great places to work? It’s not all about manufacturing. It’s sustaining those good municipal and good utility jobs that are out there.”

Myers is a big supporter of giving back to the community to help it prosper. He said it’s vital to consider our current economic situation when plotting a course of action.

“The biggest thing right now in this climate is remote workers,” said Myers. “Because of this being a great place to live, there’s a huge influx right now of remote workers, people looking to get out of the city or go to work in the city two days a week or once a month or whatever your employer desires.”

For those looking to enjoy the outdoors, Myers noted the county has three great rivers and access to the Cumberland Plateau. 

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Hillis has been a UPS employee for the past 32 years with 25 plus of those right here in Warren County.

“When you see people from the business owner to the assembly worker, or the nursery owner to the field worker, you meet people on a daily basis from all walks of life,” said Hillis. “And you build relationships with them, you watch their kids grow up, you watch their struggles and you see them grow positively. But in those relationships, you hear their concerns about the county. You build those relationships and you get to know how people feel about the county, what their expectations are, what their dislikes are, what they wish would change. It’s made me look back now and I can understand the diversity we have in the county so I can understand as a commissioner, or any level of local government, when you make a decision how it affects people in their daily lives.”

Hillis said he realizes no two families are the same. A measure which might benefit one person could have a negative impact on another.

“There is no one policy that’s a blanket for everybody,” said Hillis. “There are negatives and positives to the way it affects different families and any policymaker in the city or county needs to take that into consideration as we’re making decisions and what’s the most commonsense approach that will help this county. I’m a big advocate of local businesses. I see at work every day how online sales are impacting our local businesses and how can we help them prosper and add new ones.”