“Industrial growth is the key to reducing the tax burden on our citizens. I think the mayor’s responsibility is to promote and sale our beautiful county to all new comers.” — Kelly Markham
Tourism is the key. ... By working with State Tourism Bureau, Private Bus Tour Companies, Hawkins County can be a stopping point at various locations and prosper from monies spent.” — Roy Spears
“The ultimate goal is to give the best service to Hawkins County citizens for the least amount of taxes. There are places we can cut spending and still have the services that the people deserve.” — Jim Lee
“Another priority is to institute planning, short and long term, in every aspect of county business. Another priority is the preservation and enhancement of our scenic and naturally beautiful landscape to attract tourists.” — Danny Breeding
“Hawkins County has weathered many storms in the past and the citizens of our county are ready for growth, success and pride of their county again.” — Dennis Deal
“I will try to lower taxes. I will work together with the Industrial Board and our state government including the Governor's office to promote Hawkins County to not only bring in industry but retail and restaurants to our area.” — David Bailey
“Unlike all of the other candidates running for county mayor I know how to eliminate the wheel tax, increase county revenues without increasing taxes and provide more funding for the Firefighters EMS and the Humane Society.” — John Neubert
VIDEO & PHOTO GALLERY: Among the GOP mayor candidates who attended were current District 5 county commissioner Mark Linkous; solid waste director and former county commissioner Charlie Freeman; and long time TRW supervisor Kelly Markham.