County Commission Interview: John Schoonmaker

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1. Introduce yourself to Knoxville, who are you, and why are you running?

John Schoonmaker
Age 53
Lifelong Republican
Resident and homeowner in the 5TH District for 23 years
Occupation: Regional Sales Representative for an international manufacturer of sport optics, Optovision U.S.A.
Previously: Partner in TN furniture manufacturing company. Responsible for sales, marketing, and management of $5,000,000 national corporate account.

Married to Heather Schoonmaker for 28 years
Two children: Laura, 20, graduated from Farragut High School in 2005, attends Furman University; Justin, 17, is currently a junior at Farragut High School
Council of West Knox County Homeowners, Inc. – 1995 to Present: President since 1997. Dedicated thousands of volunteer hours representing neighborhoods located in the 4th, 5th and 6th County Commission Districts

Knox County Stormwater Advisory Board – 2006 – 2008 Appointed to represent West Knox County and assist in developing recommendations for policies to expand the existing stormwater management program.
Co-Vice President of the Farragut High School Football Booster Club (2007)
I want the job of representing you, the taxpayer. My professional career in business and sales management has prepared me with many skills which I will bring to the job. I realize that no one person has all the answers so I believe in collecting all the facts and listening to all the stakeholders. I have demonstrated this successful team approach in all my endeavors. I am a hard worker, and will be accessible to you. I will be an objective decision maker because I have no personal or corporate ties to influence my vote.

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 Co. should not let our fabulous downtown area languish.
Knox Co. should not have litter along the roadways (like you see in Memphis).
Knox Co. should not allow cell phone towers in our parks.
Knox Co. should not loose its natural scenic beauty from inadequate ordinances regarding ridgelines.
Knox Co. should not allow educational standards in our schools to drop.

3. What 5 things could you not live without?

The love and encouragement from my family and friends.
A good dog like our golden retriever, Chester, who is the most loyal companion a guy could ever want.
Sweet tea, BBQ and football
A relaxing vacation spot
The Smoky Mountains, fresh water and clean air

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