Gilbert appointed to elections body
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Jul 12, 2013 | 995 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland businessman Duane Gilbert has been appointed to serve on the Bradley County Election Commission, succeeding former member Steve Crump who recently resigned in order to pursue an elected office.

Gilbert was approved by the Tennessee Election Commission, according to information confirmed this morning by officials in the Bradley County Election Commission office.

Mimi Angel, deputy elections administrator, said the Bradley County legislative delegation recommended Gilbert’s appointment to the local election governing body.

The local team includes state Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville who represents the 9th Senatorial District; state Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga who represents the 10th Senatorial District; state Rep. Kevin Brooks, R-Cleveland who represents the 24th Legislative District; and state Rep. Eric Watson, R-Cleveland who represents the 22nd Legislative District.

The Election Commission seat was recently vacated by Crump who has indicated he will seek the 10th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office position.

Crump served on the Bradley County Election Commission since 2010.

Gilbert joins chairwoman Theba Hamilton, Oscar Kelley, Dana Burgner and Travis Henry, as well as Bradley County Elections Administrator Fran Green.

Henry was recently appointed to serve after Adam Lewis resigned.

Gilbert will be joining commissioners in making decisions regarding new voting machines, operations of elections and setting the yearly budgets for the office.

Gilbert owns Gibco Construction.

He is a member of the Bradley County Republican Party and former party chairman.

In 2014, a flurry of Cleveland, Bradley County, state and federal elections will be held in three different elections.

One of the Election Commission’s current projects is the upgrade of the Mobile Voting Precinct which is in need of repair.