As I’m sure you already know, the county
primary election is coming soon. You may also know that I am seeking the
office of Loudon County Mayor. I respectfully ask for your vote and
The office of County Mayor is an important position in county
government, responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of
county affairs. While having no vote on the Commission, the position of
County Mayor still carries a lot of influence on a wide variety of
county issues from board appointments to staffing to making sure
commissioners have the most accurate information available for their
I like to look at County Government as a business in which the Mayor
serves as CEO and the Commission as board of directors. The taxpayers of
Loudon County are the stockholders, or better yet, the “owners” of the
company. The position of Mayor should not be some high and lofty
position that is unapproachable by the citizens. Quite the opposite. The
Mayor is actually just a public servant with forty thousand bosses.
Seeking the office of County Mayor should not be about pay scale, perks,
prestige or benefits, but about serving the citizens of Loudon County to
the very best of one’s ability. If given the opportunity to serve the
citizens of Loudon County as Mayor, I promise I will work harder than
anyone ever has for the people of Loudon County .
Loudon County, just like every other
government entity across the country, is facing many serious challenges.
With declining revenues and increasing expenses, the job of balancing
the needs of the citizens with the tax burdens already in place is a
daunting task, one for which I believe I am uniquely qualified.
There are several other candidates running for the mayor’s office, but
none have the relevant background and experience I have to offer. I
have been a self-employed businessman for almost my entire adult life. I
served on the Loudon County Commission for four years from 2002 to 2006,
and I am currently a member of the Loudon County Board of Education. For
the past 20 years, I have managed the county’s largest youth sports
program on behalf of the Eaton Ruritan Club. This combination of
business, public and governmental service has given me a depth of
experience no other candidate can claim.
One of the most pressing and immediate issues facing Loudon County is
the need to improve our school facilities. As a member of the School
Board, I and other members have worked to identify the most pressing
needs of the school system. After much due diligence, we have submitted
a building plan to County Commission that we feel addresses our most
immediate needs. This includes a new K-12 school for Greenback and a new
middle school in Loudon and cafeteria improvements at Philadelphia. This
plan has been developed to meet the needs of the school system but would
not require any additional taxes to implement. While I have vigorously
supported the school building program, I have equally supported cutting
millions in waste from a very bloated operating budget.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a natural politician, and
frankly I am proud of that. If I were, I would go along more with the
politically correct “in crowd,” and I would have spent more time telling
people what they wanted to hear rather than what they needed to hear.
I am a fiscal conservative who believes in limited government, low
taxes, and strong communities. I feel we pay taxes for services, not to
have local government dictate to us how we should conduct our lives. As
a commissioner and a school board member, I have never voted for or
supported any tax increases and even led the opposition against the
wheel tax and the sales tax increase. “Government that governs least
governs best” is a great motto for elected officials to embrace.
2010 County primary will be May 4th.
voting begins April 14th and runs thru April 29th.
last day to register to vote in the May primary will be April 5th.
Below is a little information and background about myself and my family.
I hope you find this information helpful in deciding whom to vote for in
the upcoming County Mayor election.
My name is Van Allan Shaver. I was born in 1959 to the late Calvin and
Jean McCown Shaver. I was raised and have lived on Ford Road nearly my
entire life. My roots are important to me, and I like telling people
that I have moved just 150 feet in 50 years. I was brought up in a
Christian home and became a Christian at a young age. I was member of
New Providence Baptist Church for 33 years and am now a member of First
Baptist Church of Lenoir City. I've been married for 31 years to Sarah
Holland and have two sons, Austin and Evan.
My oldest son is Van Austin Shaver. Austin is married to Brittany and
they have one son, Caleb. Austin is a county commissioner representing
the 2nd District and is employed as an attorney by Kennerly, Montgomery
and Finley, P.C. Brittany is a stay-at-home mom and takes very good
care of Caleb and Austin.
My younger son, Evan Allan Shaver recently graduated from Pellissippi
State Community College. He is employed at Guitar Center and does video
editing for Fellowship Church. He plays in the praise and worship band
at Two Rivers Church and plays in the band, This Photograph.
I am blessed to have, I believe, the greatest wife, children and
grandchild any man could ask for!
I am a 1977 graduate of Lenoir City High School and a graduate of the
State Area Vocational School of Knoxville. I worked for our
three-generation family business, McCown & Son Produce Co. in Knoxville,
for 20 years until my father’s retirement and the sale of the business.
For the past 12 years, I have been self-employed as a home maintenance
contractor and am currently working the family farm. I have also been
the Eaton Ruritan Community Park volunteer manager for 20 years.
I have a political record, a personal, record, and a spiritual record
--all of which are far from perfect but all of which are open for public
scrutiny. If the voters of Loudon County give me the opportunity to be
their County Mayor, I promise I will work for you.
For additional information please visit: www.votevanshaver.com.
568 Ford Road
Lenoir City, Tn. 37772