Joseph Stotts has announced his candidacy for the 3rd District of the Warren County Commission.
“I grew up here and I want to give back to my community,” said Stotts. “I want my children to be leaders when they grow up so I figured I should lead by example.”
Stotts is vice president of clinical services at Generations with a primary job responsibility as a therapist. He believes this makes him uniquely qualified to serve in government.
“I want to facilitate the process of having people work together,” said Stotts. “That’s what I’ve done for 13 years as a therapist. I’ve removed divisiveness to get people to cooperate. One of the things I’d like to emphasize is better cooperation between the city and county on projects that benefit our community. I’d like for there to be better communication.”
Stotts is a 1996 graduate of Warren County High School.
He earned degrees from Motlow and MTSU before getting his master’s degree in social work from UT-Knoxville in 2009.
He’s a member of the Breakfast Rotary Club, a member of Westwood Church of Christ, and on the board of the local Republican Party.
“I feel like I have significant knowledge I can contribute,” said Stotts. “I have 13 years in healthcare and have given presentations about mental health and substance abuse. I feel like I would be an asset.”
Stotts says he’s already started campaigning and estimates he’s knocked on about 75 doors in his district. He is married to Mendy Stotts and they have two children, Bowman, 6, and Lucy Lee, 2.
The party primaries for county elections are in May with the general election coming in August. Those elected will begin serving Sept. 1, 2018.