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School Board District 1 candidate Vince Walters has been a part of Washington County in many different capacities his entire life.

“I went to Lamar School K-8, graduated David Crockett High School in 1994, went to Northeast State and obtained my Emergency Medical Technician license. I was an EMT working in the medical field until 1999,” he said. “I was a firefighter for Jonesborough and Fall Branch from 1995-1999. I started as a Law Enforcement Officer with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in 1998 and am still employed by the WCSO as a Criminal Investigator.”

Walters said that there are certain values and contributions that need to be brought to the position of school board member, and he feels he can fulfill those.

“I have leadership experience, I am a multi-tasker, time manager, I am articulate, organized and safety aware. I have people skills and have been a public servant for 24 years as a Law Enforcement Officer,” Walters said. “I will work to make our schools a safer place to learn. I have two daughters that are products of our school system, and I was involved very closely with their education. Through God’s grace, my wife and I were able to see them graduate successfully. My life experiences render me to handle school-related matters.

“I am a husband, father, son, Christian, Law Enforcement Officer, servant-hearted team member and problem solver.”

With the new Jonesborough School set to open next fall, Walters is grateful for those who made it happen and pleased for the children who get to take advantage of the learning opportunity.

“I am happy for the teachers, students and parents they are going to be able to have something they can be proud of and that is safer for learning,” he said. “One thing I love about this region is the rich history and the willingness of everyone to help someone in need.”

One goal Walters has for the position is being a representative for what the county needs.

“I have been a public servant as a Law Enforcement Officer for 24 years and my integrity and service are very important to me. I want to continue to make a difference in our community and our children’s lives,” he said. “My upmost goal is to be the representative that our community deserves, to voice THEIR ideas and concerns. I am going to work with our staff and community to keep our county moving forward.”