I, Erika Ebel, am pleased to formally announce my candidacy for Smith County Commissioner, District 4 (Rock City/Rome).
My husband, Cole, and I have been married for 13 years, having met while both serving in the military. We moved to Smith County in 2012 with our three children, Colin, Cason, and Evangeline. We homeschool them from our farm on Lock Seven Lane and also own and run a restaurant, Ebel’s Tavern, in downtown Carthage.
I have been actively involved in the local community. I serve on the Smith County Youth Soccer Board, am Vice Chair of the Smith County Living Board, and am on the River City Ball and William Walton Harvest Festival Planning Committees. I am the Vice Chair of the 2018 Smith County Adult Leadership Opportunity Class. I also serve in the preschool and youth ministry at my church, Carthage Full Gospel, of which we have been a member for the past six years.
I am politically active, serving as the Chair of the Upper Cumberland Libertarian Party of Tennessee, which includes Smith County and 13 surrounding counties. I regularly attend County Commissions and City Council meetings so as to stay informed of the issues locally.
I believe the most important role of a County Commissioner is to be a representative of the voices in their community. Those elected to such a position are entrusted with the task of making decisions that impact the entire county, so it is vital that you know the values of those you elect. I am very budget minded, strongly against any measure that will raise taxes or waste taxpayer money. I also believe in limiting government interference and restrictions on the average citizen’s every day life and our Constitutional rights.
Smith County is a growing community and facing some difficult decisions about how that growth will occur. I believe I have a vision for positive, healthy growth that will benefit the entire community and allow Smith County to prosper for generations to come.
Smith County is my home and the place we chose to raise our children. I love this county and, like many of you, want to preserve the history of this wonderful community while planning for its future.
I ask for your vote for District 4 County Commissioner in the upcoming August 2nd Election. Thank you.