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Friday, May 18, 2018

Fancher is candidate for Newport mayor
Newport Alderman Jeff Fancher today is qualifying as a candidate for Mayor of Newport. "Four years ago when I was approached to run for alderman, I was skeptical because I was never involved in politics per se. But I want to do something to promote Newport, Tennessee. Our town has alot to offer, over the last four years there have been tough decisions made, and some not popular, but I see some progress. With the help of the taxpayers of Newport we are making progress. Fancher says if elected mayor his priority will continue to be downtown revitalization. "This is not something where you can snap your fingers and it will be done. I go and talk to people and some say 'what is wrong with the way our business looks now', but we need to encourage businesses to take pride in the appearance of their business. What the Bullards and Bewleys did with their buildings makes a tremendous amount of difference." Although he has goals, Fancher says it will "take a TEAM effort from all facets of our City staff to make our ideas a reality. We as a team have had implemented a short term plan and we have drawn up long term goals. I want to be the leader of the people who have been charged to get things done and make Newport a better place to live and work in. It is just going to take continuous and dedicated work and everybody on the same page to make our city better. Our citizens want better and I want better for our citizens. We have a lot of natural assets to offer to tourists and prospective businesses. We have to capitalize on those assets and our people." The candidate is a Business teacher at Cosby High School and veteran TSSAA and NCAA basketball and baseball official. He is a former head boys coach at CCHS and also coached the Cosby High School girls team during the 2015-16 season. Fancher also is a member of the Cocke County Library Board. and serves on the Economic Development Commission. He also attends Crossroads Community Church. Fancher says he wants to do PR for Newport. "I wanna be somebody who will go to Nashville and knock on doors, looking for opportunities for Newport/Cocke County. I wanna be the public relations guy who can talk to everyone in Nashville to see how we can get Newport rolling again." Incumbent Newport Mayor Connie Ball has announced he will not be a candidate for re-election.

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