In 9 Minutes…

In 9 minutes, the answers we received from the candidates seeking office in LaVergne will start being posted.  There will be one post a day until all answers are given.   There were three candidates who did not reply in any way:  Mayor Ronnie Erwin, Alderman Sherry Green, and former County Commissioner David Gammon.

Prior to any endorsements from this site, we will be requesting a copy of the financial disclosures that are to be turned in to the Rutherford County Election Commission no later than October 11th.   We would like to hold a get-together for readers on October 12th at a location and time to be announced for input from readers, fans, haters, etc. because your thoughts and ideas should be considered before publishing.

Remember our ground rules…

  1. Comments are open, but limited.  We will accept relevant questions to the candidates and you can voice your support for candidates on their individual posts.  I am grateful for the candidates who took the time to reply, so I believe we owe them respect enough to not to sully their replies.  If you write against the candidate on these posts, the comment will be deleted.
  2. If you want to speak why you will not vote for someone, that is fine (what with the first amendment and all…), but only on other posts (NOT the questionnaire posts).


34 comments for “In 9 Minutes…

  1. chris farmer
    October 4, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Kathy I do not know how much it will cost you to get the financial disclosures. I will be more than happy to bring a copy of it to you Monday once I have delivered it to the election commission. I have been told once they certify it they will make a copy for me. So if this will save you some money on getting it let me know. Chris Farmer 615-403-0941

  2. james
    October 4, 2010 at 10:43 am

    After the way everyone of Senna Mosley's supporters attacked BLAH BLAH for just asking a question the other day. Why would anyone running against her or her gang comment on this site?

    • Justin
      October 4, 2010 at 11:15 am

      James, everyone on this site knows who bla bla is and she is well thought of, and has always asked very good questions. Have you ever thought that maybe everyone on this site has started backing Alderman Mosley because we are tired of the good old boys in office at this time. She needs help and I for one hope she gets the help that she has needed on November 2nd. If your not part of the solution then your part of the problem. Have a nice day : )

      • October 4, 2010 at 11:18 am

        Justin, sorry to disagree but I have *no* idea who Blah Blah is.

      • Sherry
        October 4, 2010 at 3:13 pm

        I'm fairly active on this site, and I have no idea who she is either. Actually, I didn't even know her gender until you identified her as a female.

  3. October 4, 2010 at 10:51 am

    James – Thanks for letting us know your concerns. But please note that the voice of reason was heard in the end. Blah Blah's question was very relevant and the question was answered. I am taking ample editing liberties in these posts to be sure the conversations are kept civil. I think it's important for everyone to ask questions – hard, easy, medium. We *need* to hear in order to make smart decisions during this election on our city's leadership.

    Chris – I would love to get a copy from you, but only one that's certified.

  4. chris farmer
    October 4, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Kathy I will be hand delivering it to them Monday. I will ask if I can have a certified copy and if so I will bring it to you.

    James Blah Blah asked a very good question that was answered by many people some with emotional responses but it was a good question.

  5. Justin
    October 4, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Kathy T I stand corrected. : )

  6. Sarah N
    October 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I want to thank you for taking the time to keep this site running. I know that with a career, family, and other activities it must become a chore sometimes, but I have found it very informative and it has helped inspire me to become a little more involved in the community.

  7. michaelinLV
    October 4, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Kathy, are you just doing one per day?

  8. October 4, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Sarah – Your kind words are appreciated. It's a thankless job for sure, but when you want to see your community thrive, it's well worth the effort! 🙂

    Michael – Yes, one "answer" post per day until we get through all of them. I've tried really hard to present them in the same way (questions in bold, answers underneath). Toward the end, I've made a couple of comments to explain why they aren't formatted the same.

  9. Ivy
    October 4, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    The argument about not feeling you can comment on this site because of Senna's supporters is silly. First, I don't see a whole lot of "attacks", rather, people are arguing their side. If someone arguing their side of things is scary, perhaps you should not be on the internet. This is one of the most civil sites I know. Check out the comments at the DNJ if you want to see a place that is not civil.

    Second, if the number of Senna supporters on this site is scary, bring all your friends with you when you come to comment. There's safety in numbers or something like that.

  10. Elizabeth
    October 4, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I'm looking forward to the get-together on Oct. 12. (I already have something scheduled for that evening but will try to make the get-together instead.)

    It wasn't too surprising that the current mayor did not return his questionnaire….Mrs Green, I'm surprised she didn't return hers…Mr Gammon, I don't know anything about him. Still, would like to hear what each of those 3 would have to say on the questionnaire….

  11. CHB
    October 6, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Is it just me, or does anyone else feel that the order these candidates were posted is going to mirror exactly, the impending endorsements from this site?

    • October 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm

      If you will go back and read on the September 8th post – the day the surveys were mailed to the candidates and the day I posted the questions – it clearly said they would be published (and I quote) "The responses will be published in the order the completed ones are returned. We will state that all candidates were invited to reply, but no response was received from whoever does not respond."

      If you want to come and look at my email to see when I received them, you're welcome to. I will be in my office tomorrow by 11:00 a.m. until about 1:30 p.m. I work at Bob Parks Realty on Sam Ridley Parkway in Smyrna.

      Also, if you know a candidate, you're welcome to contact him/her to look at the letter they received from me in the mail.

      You might also want to pencil in the evening of October 12th. We are holding a TiLaV get-together at 7 p.m. to discuss who should be endorsed and why. The location to be announced. This will be an opportunity for readers to express who they think we should endorse.

      ALL readers may also endorse whoever they want at any time on the candidate posts or in other comment sections (if they didn't return the questionnaire). I assure you that comments are read by a lot of people. If your comment is cheeky and spiteful, it probably won't be taken seriously. If your comment is intelligent, then you will be heard.

      So have at it – whatever direction you want to go in.

      • CHB
        October 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm

        Thanks for the clarification. Even though it's apparently a coincidence, I still believe my initial thought was dead on.

    • Justin
      October 6, 2010 at 10:57 pm

      Kathy T. is my hero, Kathy T for President. CHB who do you think this site really endorses.
      Speak out, let your voice be heard. But do it with style and grace. Someday someone on this site might respect your opinion like Kathy T, Ivy or even michaelinLV.

      • CHB
        October 7, 2010 at 10:26 am

        Justin, with both of my posts, I feel like I've already stated who I feel this site will endorse. I had a thought and made a post that reflected that. A discussion resulted…I haven't even said that I disagree with the choices, if my belief becomes reality. My posts weren't intended to be accusatory, but the subtle, defensive tone to the replies indicates that it was taken that way. That's one of the problems encountered on internet opinion forums. It's pretty easy to see things that are/aren't really there. Finally, while I appreciate the free advice, striving for respect or approval from three people on the internet isn't going to get a second thought from me. That isn't a slight to Kathy T., Ivy or michaelinLV. I've followed this site for several years and find it interesting enough to return to regularly. The above mentioned posters are part of the reason I return. I don't always agree with what is said, but have never gotten the the impression that they aren't speaking their mind. I don't intend to alter a proven formula by pulling any punches of my own.

      • October 7, 2010 at 12:13 pm

        CHB – If I could hug you through the keyboard, I would. 🙂

      • michaelinLV
        October 7, 2010 at 1:28 pm

        CHB, I don't disagree with you that the order of the candidates is likely who will be endorsed (which is why I logged my complaint over this site making endorsements in the first place). But I don't think there is any favoritism in the order of postings.

        I think the order is completely related to the candidates motivation to respond quickly. Think about it – the candidates that come here and get positive feedback are the ones most likely to take this site seriously. I don't think Tom Broeker s a bad guy, but I don't know that he has ever visited this site and therefore maybe didn't give this questionnaire the same priority that the first 3 candidates did.

        I have a great idea (that I would have suggested had I thought of it earlier) – Next time around, collect all of the questionnaires by October 1st, and then create one topic on here (perhaps a "Meet the Candidates" thread), and then create a PDF with each candidates responses and link to the PDF. You could sort it alphabetically so that there's no sense of favoritism.

      • CHB
        October 8, 2010 at 8:53 am

        Thanks Kathy! 🙂

    • Justin
      October 7, 2010 at 5:47 pm

      CHB if I were a candidate I would want to be dead last. Think about it, fresh on voters minds.

  12. mark
    October 6, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    People say this is a "Senna Site" and it's not really a Senna Site. Senna is the only elected offical that will answer your questions or concerns on this site. The others have the choice to address as well but they dont seem to have the time or want to. so for those that say this is all about Senna rethink this and you will see what this site is all about.

    Kathy does a great job with this site and really doesnt have to keep this site going for it's a free site but Kathy has passion for the coty and wants others to be well informed!

    cudos to Kathy and the gang for keeping this site online!!

    • michaelinLV
      October 6, 2010 at 10:33 pm

      This is really the closest thing we have to media in La Vergne. I won't say this is unbiased news reporting, it is an editorial for sure, but you've got lots of different personalities and different perspectives.

      This is why I am so baffled that Mayor Erwin did not return his questionnaire. Why would you not want to reach out to the one news source that pretty much just covers La Vergne? You think the DNJ give's a rat's dooty what happens here? Please…

      As far as this site being "Senna friendly," I think that became popularly accepted after Mike Slinker joined the conversation a couple of years ago. I personally was intrigued by his candidacy until one day he made a comment about Senna and how all she wanted to do was become Mayor. Someone else pointed out that Mike had the same aspirations, to just use Alderman as a spring-board to Mayor in 2010 (which we now see is correct), and things spiraled from there. Senna had proven herself to be honest to those who are regulars here, and when he came across as implying she was not honest, many people took offense to that. As far as I'm concerned Senna is honest and true to her word.

      • Ivy
        October 7, 2010 at 12:58 am

        Michael, I couldn't have said it any better. The DNJ certainly isn't asking questions of the candidates and letting them post answers.

        As far as being Senna friendly or not, Michael is exactly right. The only two people who have official LaVergne positions that comment here regularly (in their own name, anyway) are Senna and Angie Mayes. We appreciate people coming here to set things straight. God knows, we need that here in LaVergne.

  13. Justin
    October 6, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    CHB its just you.

  14. Cee Dee
    October 7, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Thank you Kathy for setting the record straight on your inviation to the canidates to post answers to the same questions on this site. I never questioned who would be posted first, etc. You stated that in the very beginning when you sent the questionnaires and evidently some had a harder time than others getting the info back — maybe they had a harder time actually answering the questions. For whatever reason, those who have taken the time to answer all the questions AS ASKED are to be applauded and those who chose to ignore the invitation lost a lot of votes, in my opinion. If you can't answer important questions and let the public know what you stand for, what you intend to fight for and let them know who you are, you are not made for public office! And I feel this is a direct reflection on those who did not return their questionnaire. For the ONE canidate that continues to IGNORE the request of the Codes Dept. and leaves his sign in front of City Hall where all have been told not to put them until 2 weeks before the Nov. election –shame on you & if this the way you ignore the rules & regulations of our City now, what would it be like to have you in office! You sound a lot like someone who thinks he can do whatever he wants & doesn't think he has to abide by the rules — and in my opinion — kinda like someone else in the city who thinks he owns the City — may be your big supporter?? Rules are rules & made for EVERYONE. Time for a big change!

  15. October 7, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I just want to chime in here again and say HOW EXCITED I AM that we really have some GREAT choices this year running for office in LaVergne. Like CHB says, I definitely do have some favorites (but WHO wouldn't like the folks who regularly talk to us and hear our needs and concerns… go figure, right? Heh). BUT (spoiler alert), you will be just as excited as I am when all the questionnaire responses are published.

    We are truly fortunate to have high caliber, good people running for office in 2010. This is going to be a very tough decision for me… I'm dying to spill what I love about every single candidate and what my concerns are. But it'll have to wait.

  16. chris farmer
    October 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    If I had thought about it I would have been the last to turn mine in so that it would be the first one you see. But I was excited to answer the questions. So by us turning them in quickly if you think about it we will be several threads behind. If it is someones first time to visit the site they may not even go far enough back to see my answers. So being one of the first to turn the answers in may not be such a big deal as it is being made out to be. The last set of answers will be the first ones you see the day before early election.

  17. October 7, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Actually I created a new "tab" on top that says Election 2010 so people can have quick access to all the candidates running for office. Names are listed in the order the surveys were returned. Here's a link.

    (I tried to anticipate that …)

    • Sherry
      October 8, 2010 at 10:22 am

      You are amazingly perceptive . . . I never would have thought of that. Maybe YOU should think about running! 🙂

      • October 8, 2010 at 10:52 am

        Are you kidding me? I don't have a street named after me, so I won't fit in with the good ol' boys to tap into their campaign donations. And I'm too broke otherwise to run! LOL…

        BUT I am thinking about filling out some applications to serve on a board or two.


  18. Justin
    October 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Alderman Mosley do you have a street named after you?

  19. Ivy
    October 8, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Justin, to my knowledge, she doesn't. Ronnie does, and there's a Gammon Way. But as far as I know, there isn't a Sherry Green Road (Or Street or Drive), probably because she isn't a boy. But she's good people. 😀

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