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Fourth District: David Tomita

Johnson City
Vice President-
Investment Officer, First Tennessee
Brokerage
Seeking second term
“My decision-making process is fact based, and not based on personal gain,” Tomita said. “I’ll let my record stand for itself.” In addition, he says his service as both a county and city commissioner provides a conduit between the two entities. “Our futures are interrelated,” Tomita said. “We’re getting ready to deal with some big issues that will affect us both even if it doesn’t seem like it on the surface.”
1. Which committees would you like to serve on and why?
“CIA and General Health and Welfare because each involves strengths I have, and the decisions have significant impact on the county. I think we could do a much better job on the health-care package for employees. There are a lot of options available that haven’t been explored.”
2. What factors should be considered in a decision on whether commissioners receive benefits?
“If we do, I think it’s only fair to open it up to all part-time employees and not just one subset. It becomes less of an issue if you have a smaller commission because anything x 25 is always going to cost taxpayers more. A lot of commissioners are on it, but they pay the full cost. Some commissioners are making up to $20,000 while others are making $4,000. You also have some commissioners who claim to work more than 40 hours a week, but it’s by choice. I’m for equity amongst all.”