City Councilman Bob Garrett is seeking his fourth term on the Morristown City Council.
Garrett’s reason for running again is simple – he wants to maintain the economic prosperity and job growth he has seen the last 12 years while being on the council.
“We need to keep our industrial support here,” Garrett said.
Garrett is running against newcomer Rob Burke for the District Ward 1 seat. Early voting begins Wednesday and Election Day is April 4.
Garrett is no stranger to Morristown.
He worked at the Morristown Water System for 42 years and operated the system the entire time before retiring in 2009.
He said that’s one of the reasons he got the idea of running for council years ago. He said he knows the area well from operating its water system for so many years.
But, it was more than that.
“I wanted to give back to the community,” he said.
Garrett is a U.S. Army veteran, serving two years active duty and four years in the reserves. After the Army, he worked for an engineering firm in Knoxville, designing water and wastewater systems in East and Middle Tennessee. It was at this job where he was recruited to come to Morristown. But Garrett said he’s not about just keeping the status quo. He points out that he thinks the city could tighten its belt a bit. He said he voted against a tax increase for the community center.
He said he fears if the city keeps raising taxes it could lead to some industries not locating to Morristown and others relocating.
“We need to get the most out of the taxpayers’ money we can,” he said. “Get the worth out of it.”
He and his wife, Barbara, have 10 grandchildren. They are also members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Morristown.
He has one goal for the next four years.
“Just continue to take care of the city’s money and spend it wisely,” he said.