U.S. Navy veteran Chuck Williams answers our Knox County Commission questions. Williams is running for Knox County Commissioner 2B.
1. Introduce yourself to Knoxville, who are you, and why are you running?
I am Chuck Williams Knox County Commissioner candidate for District 2B. I am happily married with a daughter Shaunni and son Chris and two beautiful grandkids. I am an Elementary Education major at the Magnolia Avenue Campus of Pellissippi State Technical Community College. I am also a substitute teacher for the Knox County Board of Education (I am mainly at Fulton High School). I am a very proud eight year veteran of the U.S. Navy. I am seeking the office of Knox County Commissioner because I feel that District 2 is the forgotten district. Our roads are in shambles, when it rains a lot of our roads are flooded due to the poor sewage systems in our area.
I also feel that private homeowners are being unfairly taxed in that they are paying not only their property taxes but the wheel tax also. I feel that if a homeowner has more than one car they should be exempt from the wheel tax on one of the vehicles. The purpose of the wheel tax was to ensure that all citizens were paying their fair share of the wheel tax. I also feel that freezing the property tax of the senior citizens was not enough; I feel that seniors usually do not have child age children in our schools so their taxes should be lowered.
One of my chief concerns is the ongoing scandals that have been occurring in county government. As Commissioner I vow I will be everyone’s worse nightmare as I seek to get to the bottom of all scandals in our government. The Commission does have the power of subpoena and I am not afraid to seek subpoena’s and put those involved under oath with evidence that has already been uncovered and other evidence that is about to come to light.
2. We think it’s better knowing what not to do rather than having an extensive plan. What areas or interests would benefit Knox County not to venture into?
Knox County should stop venturing into the business of fattening the corporate world and worry about developing the areas that are lacking in development. Areas such as Farragut, Hardin Valley, etc. are already under development and TIF’s should not be given to businesses to venture into those areas, but in areas that are in grave need of redevelopment and beautification.
3. What 5 things could you not live without?
1. The forgiveness of God.
2. Sunday Mass at Holy Ghost Catholic Church
3. My wife and family
4. Completion of my education
5. Maxwell House Coffee (Master Blend – PLEASE).