Friday, April 23, 2021

Mathis announces candidacy
Rob Mathis who has served as Cocke County Trustee since 2010, has announced his candidacy for Cocke County Mayor next year. Mathis is a 7th. generation native of Cocke County, and a former Army Captain with nine years of distinguished military service including a year-long combat tour in Iraq. He also taught mathematics at Cocke County High School for 7 years and was named Teacher of the Year in 2004. "Our county is on the verge of a pivotal time and I believe the next four years are going to determine the thirty years that come after that,", Mathis said. "We are going to need strong leadership and vision to help us achieve the prosperity that we deserve." The 48 year-old candidate argues that the community first must decide "who we want to be and where we want to go". He views the county as currently "fractured" with a lack of teamwork. Mathis believes he has the ability to be the unifying force that can bring the various stakeholders in the community together. He argues the goal should be to "search out opportunities, grow our economy and manage that growth, while at the same time protecting the interests and the traditions of the people who live here." The candidate was voted East TN Trustee of the Year in 2014 and elected President of the East TN Trustees Association in 2018. He has also served as President of the Newport Kiwanis Club and two terms on the University of Tennessee Board of Governors. In 2009, Rob was recognized via proclamation by the Tennessee State House of Representatives for outstanding community service. Mathis is an MBA and holds bachelorís degrees in Mathematics and Accounting. He and his family attend Liberty Church of Cosby.


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