Winter announces candidacy for 7th District Commission seat

Posted 1/26/18

“Today I am formally announcing my candidacy for the Bradley County Commission, 7th District seat,” said William “Bill” Winters.

“Having served eight years, two full terms, as your …

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Winter announces candidacy for 7th District Commission seat

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“Today I am formally announcing my candidacy for the Bradley County Commission, 7th District seat,” said William “Bill” Winters.

“Having served eight years, two full terms, as your commissioner, I want to thank you for your prior votes and confidence in me to serve. I have constantly realized this seat is really yours, and you lease it to me to represent you and your best interests. I have done my best to continually impress upon my fellow commissioners that Cleveland residents are also Bradley County as well. Thank you for this privilege to serve,” Winter said.

Winters said he was proud to of “the accomplishments made by our Bradley County commissioners through my prior eight years of public service. As one member of a 14-member body, these accomplishments truly prove that it does ‘Take a Team to Make the Dream Work!’” he said.

Among the accomplishments that I am proud of from the past eight years are:

• $3.4 billion of investment in new manufacturing, distribution and logistics in Bradley County through the efforts of Bradley and Cleveland governments, Cleveland Bradley Chamber of Commerce and the Industrial Development board.

• $3 million in developing the Spring Branch Industrial Park

• HCI fund approval for flexible internal borrowing, county, savings and building fund balance

• $14.5 million development of Lake Forest Middle School new academic building and 57 new classrooms

• Brian K. Smith Workhouse building housing 128 inmates with work release

• Energy upgrade of all Bradley County schools, energy saving paying for itself

• Bradley County firefighter salary adjustments — $630,000

• American Uniform Building purchase of $2 million for developing the Partnership of Industry and Education Center

• Expansion of septic tank department support

• SPCA Animal Control and Care budget support annual — $135,000

• Elrod Park Recreation Center completed

• Internet upgrade for Commission and departments engaging meetings with devices, savings and better communication.

“The next four years will have challenges,” he said. “I look forward to working together with our county, city, Chamber of Commerce, industry leaders and you, my 7th District constituents.
“The Highway 60 Corridor expansion is a major project for all of us to work with the state TDOT teams to assure our fellow citizens are treated with respect and fairness, as their property is impacted. Having served in public service these past eight year in combination to my 12 years as a member of the Bradley County School Board, complemented by 14 years as a Lee College administrator and now, as a public school educational consultant, I think I am prepared to impact these next four years successfully, with your help,” Winters said.

“I have always tried to serve with an open-door, open-heart and open-mind policy and work style,” he said. “I believe collective wisdom trumps individual thought and talent used alone. I, also, have great respect for every man, woman and child in our community. All are really a glimpse of our Creator, and each should have a voice and impact on our local government and leaders.”

Winters said he is “blessed with a tremendous family, who love and support me. I could not do my work without them. My wife, Karen, is a retired Bradley County educator. My daughter, Jeni, and son-in-law, Chad, are teachers at Ocoee Middle School.

“My son, Robbie, is principal of Michigan Avenue Elementary. My daughter-in-law Amber, is the instructional coach at Black Fox Elementary. My grandchildren are Sarah, Rachel, Ruthie, Lilly, Luke and Holt. They are my A Team,” he said.

“Join our team. Our team work will make our dream work,” Winters said.

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