BMA Mayor and Aldermen

Left to right, Chuck Vest, Virginia Causey and Kelly Wolfe, running unopposed this year, are looking forward to more work for the Town of Jonesborough and its community. Causey and Wolfe look to retain their seats as aldermen, while Vest looks forward to more time as mayor of Tennessee’s oldest town.

Editor’s note: Though the Herald & Tribune went to press before polls closed Tuesday night, Mayor Chuck Vest, Alderman Virginia Causey and Alderman Kelly Wolfe were each running unopposed in the November election. Staff writer Serina Marshall spoke with these candidates about their plans for the future in the hours leading up to the final results.

Three members of the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen are looking toward their next term in office.

Mayor Chuck Vest will be reprising his position as mayor for two more years while Kelly Wolfe and Virginia Causey will hold their seats as aldermen for another four years.

All are happy to continue their work for the town.

“Four major projects will be completed or advanced during this term; the new school, water system expan- sion and improvements, sorely needed improvements at Persimmon Ridge Park and the opening of the Jackson Theatre in late 2023 which I expect to be another facility our community will love and appreciate,” said Vest. “I have enjoyed watching projects come to fruition. The new Jonesborough School project getting approved in partnership with our county government and school board will serve the community for decades.”

Wolfe not only looks forward to completing the projects, but he said he also eager to continue working with those on the board to see those projects through.

“We’ve got a great group of folks on our board and when you start out from a basis that is positive, it gives you the ability to accomplish much more than if there was fighting and things other than the people’s business dominating the agenda,” he said. “I’m very thankful that we’ve got the group of people on the board right now to work with. I consider it a blessing.

“When I took office in April, one of the first things we talked about was the infrastructure of the town – addressing needs of growth, pedestrian access and our water and sewer systems. Also, employee pay and being able to keep the town on a competitive playing field with what was going on, not only in other municipalities, but what was going on in the private sector. In the first several months, we’ve been able to take some pretty big bites out of those things.”

Working for the town in various roles, Causey understands the viewpoints of her fellow aldermen and agrees that it takes the love of community to make things happen.

“I enjoy what I’m doing. I worked for the town for years before I became a board member, and I just feel like with the knowledge that I bring from the past to now is a good thing for the board,” she said. “I do my research. I don’t go in blindsided, and I do talk to the town administrator first. I think it’s wrong to blind- side someone at a meeting. I just try to be the representative that the citizens would want. I feel like I am a help, especially to the employees. Being a former employee, you have the employees’ heart at stake.

“I like to look at the employee’s side and fight hard for the employees. Without good workers, a supervisor is nothing. I just feel like I have the inside knowledge to be helpful.”

All three candidates say they love not only the com- munity, but also the position on the town board and what it means to the region.

“I enjoy representing my hometown and community because of the wonderful reputation our area enjoys,” Vest added. “I find the marketing and promotion of our town interesting, and it is something I strive to see excel even more. I’m proud to join others in protecting our town’s historic heritage that visionary leaders of our past learned to monetize via tourism.”