Press Release from Ron Ramsey for Governor, March 10, 2010:
(NASHVILLE): Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey is proud to announce today his team of community leaders from across Tennessee’s First Congressional District as his campaign gains momentum building grassroots support.
“Having strong leadership in East Tennessee has always been part of a winning formula when running for governor. I’m proud to have so many people who have been with me over the years standing with me today as I run to be the next governor of the great state of Tennessee,” Ramsey said.
Members of the Ramsey for Governor First Congressional District Leadership Team all have demonstrated exceptional leadership capabilities and extensive community involvement in their respective counties. Members include:
Northeast Tennessee Special Advisor – Representative Jason Mumpower
State Representative Jason Mumpower joins the Ramsey Campaign as a special advisor for political strategy within the First Congressional District. Mumpower, no stranger to hard work, serves as the leader of the first Republican majority in the state house in modern Tennessee history, created in large part due to Mumpower’s hard work and political prowess that delivered for the GOP in the last several elections. A lifelong Bristol resident, Mumpower got his start in state politics at the young age of 23 when he first ran for the State House to fill Ron Ramsey’s seat as he moved to the Senate. Mumpower is also no stranger to statewide campaigns, having served as an area field director for Congressman Van Hilleary’s 2002 and 2006 statewide campaigns.
Northeast Tennessee Special Advisor – Ron Scalf
Ron Scalf served as First District campaign field representative for the Bob Corker for U.S. Senate Campaign and continues to remain politically active. Scalf is a former vice president of Bristol Motor Speedway and editor at three local East Tennessee newspapers. After his tenure with the Corker for Senate campaign, Scalf worked in an executive position at the Johnson City Housing Authority for three years, and now specializes in public relations and marketing.
Carter County – Jay Nidiffer
Jay Nidiffer, Lincoln Memorial University’s former Athletic Director, is no stranger to building winning teams. Nidiffer is a longtime Republican activist and supporter, having worked on campaigns from a young age for his uncle, former Carter County Sheriff Tom Nave, and cousin, former State Senator Marshall Nave. Nidiffer served two terms as Carter County Republican Party Chairman, and he and his wife, Katie, attend First Baptist Church of Elizabethton.
Cocke County – Charles Louis Moore
Charles Louis Moore has dedicated nearly his entire life to serving his country, including 22 years in the U.S. Army, during which he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star. During his military career, Moore served twenty-five months in Vietnam, was an Air Cavalry Commander, and spent ten years in Washington as a Congressional Military Liaison. After retiring from the military as a Colonel, Moore was elected three times and served twelve years as Cocke County Mayor.
Greene County – Donna Blevins
Donna Blevins has had an extensive career in government and community service in Greeneville, including roles as County Commissioner for Greene County for six years, Chairman of the Greene County Board of Commissioners, Republican Caucus Leader, Greene County Republican Women’s President, and has served on all Greene County governmental boards. Donna’s involvement in her community is evidenced through her service as the Greene County Library Chairman, Greene County Christmas Seals Chairman, Co-Chairman of the Greene County Division of the YMCA Building Fund, and “Big Gifts Committee” for the Little Theater.
Hamblen County – David Rutherford
David Rutherford’s community involvement as a resident of Hamblen County includes being a Rotarian, sitting on the Board for the Homeless Shelter for over twenty years, and serving in official capacities within the Hamblen County Republican Party and as the Hamblen County Campaign Chairman for numerous Republican candidates in statewide elections. Rutherford serves as the National Vice President of the Sons of the Revolution, is on the Board of the East Tennessee Military Affairs Counsel, and serves as an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Area Representative.
Hancock County – Carlin Greene
Carlin Greene is a small businessman and has been in the income tax preparation business for over 30 years. He has been active in state and local politics for many years and is currently running for Hancock County Commission. Greene served on the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank of East Tennessee for 20 years.
Hawkins County – Senator Mike Faulk
Senator Mike Faulk, who serves as State Senator for the Fourth Senatorial District, is an active community member and leader. Faulk formerly served as the First Vice Chairman for the Hawkins County Republican Party, Hawkins County Commissioner, Vice Chairman of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, and currently holds an active membership with several area chambers of commerce. Professionally, Faulk is a Certified Civil Trial Specialist and maintains his law practice in Hawkins County.
Jefferson County – Doug Goddard
Doug Goddard, the first County Mayor of Jefferson County, brings a vast, statewide network to the campaign as former Executive Director of the Tennessee County Commissioners Association. Goddard is a Vietnam veteran who served six and a half years in the U.S. Army, was Vice President of the Dandridge Lions Club and Chairman of the First Methodist Church of Dandridge Church Counsel, and served as Co-Chairman of the John McCain for President Campaign for Jefferson County in 2008. Goddard and his wife, Caroline, have three grown children and reside in Dandridge where he operates the family dairy farm.
Johnson County – Mayor Kevin Parsons
Mountain City Mayor Kevin Parsons is perhaps best known as the former host of radio shows “The Good Morning Show” and “The Best in Bluegrass”. Parsons’ political experience includes three terms as Alderman and two years as Vice Mayor in Mountain City before being elected Mayor in 2007. He served a term as President of the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, President of the Johnson County Community Assistance Team, board member of the Johnson County E-911 Board of Directors, Johnson County Community Hospital Board, and he volunteers with the Johnson County United Way and Relay For Life.
Sevier County – Vice Mayor Dale Carr
Sevierville Vice Mayor Dale Carr has a long track record of community involvement including service on the Board of Directors for the Robert F. Thomas Foundation, the Sevierville Housing Authority Board, and serving as the first Treasurer for the Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains. Carr is a founding partner with Thompson Carr Auctions in Sevierville and performs approximately fifty charity benefit auctions in the community at no charge. Carr and his wife, Jo Ann, are members of the Sevier Heights Baptist Church in Knoxville.
Sullivan County – Mayor Steve Godsey
Sullivan County Mayor Steve Godsey has an extensive network throughout the county thanks to his long history of public service and participation in the United Way and March of Dimes, and his service on the Board of Directors of the Blountville Community Chest and area chambers of commerce. Godsey served the citizens of Sullivan County in the Tennessee General Assembly as State Representative for the First State House District for ten years. Mayor Godsey and his wife, Julie, have two children and attend Liberty Baptist Church.
Unicoi County – J.R. Bowman
J.R. Bowman, a World War II Navy Veteran, has served on the State Health Facilities Commission and the State Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors and was Unicoi County Campaign Chairman for the winning campaigns of Lamar Alexander, Bill Jenkins, Don Sundquist, Jimmy Quillen, Howard Baker, and others. A lifelong family businessman, Bowman is the President of Bowman & Sons Construction Company. Bowman and his wife, Susan, are members of Calvary Baptist Church.
Washington County – Senator Rusty Crowe
Entering his twentieth year of service as the State Senator for the Third Senatorial District, Senator Rusty Crowe is a long time active community member. Crowe served in the U.S. Army for four years, is a member of the American Legion Post 24, the Lions Club of Johnson City, and the First Tennessee Human Development Agency. Crowe and his wife, Sarah, reside in Johnson City where he is Vice President of Shared Health Services, Inc.