About this Election

About this Election

Previously and currently serving on county commission (2002-2006) (2014-2018) and the county school board (2008-2012), I bring a number of qualities and qualifications to the position unlike others. My experience in the private sector business and local government give me a unique understanding of the position.

I’m best known as a very fiscal conservative. Much of my time in local government is spent working on cutting wasteful spending from budgets so that operations stay within existing revenues, meaning not raising taxes. Local government, like the federal government doesn’t have a revenue problem, but a spending problem.

I like to look at County Government as a business and thus feel it should be run like a business being very careful how tax payer’s money is spent.  

Seeking public office should not be about pay scale, perks, perceived 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 the 5th District again, 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 other candidates running for this seat, but none have the relevant background and experience I have to offer. Besides having served twelve years in elective office, I have been a self-employed businessman for most my adult life. For twenty years, I served on the Board of Directors and worked for a multi-million dollar wholesale business.  For twenty-four years, I managed the county’s largest youth sports program on behalf of the Eaton Ruritan Club. This combination of business, public, private, volunteer and governmental service has given me a depth of experience no other candidate can claim.

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a slick 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 need 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 increase and even led the opposition against a wheel tax and a sales tax increase. “Government that governs least governs best” is a great motto for elected officials to embrace.

The 2018 County primary will be May 1st.

Early voting begins April 11th and runs thru April 26th.

The last day to register to vote in the May primary will be April 2th.

..Elect Van Shaver - 2018 5th District Loudon County Commission