By KIN EASTER
One Sumner resident so far has submitted a resume to fill the vacancy for the District 7 County
Loren Echols is asking the county commission to allow her to sit in Joanne Kemp’s place and serve the rest of her term. The commission will decide on whether to vote on Echols in its next scheduled meeting on May 21 at 7 p.m.
In the May 1 Republican primary, Echols got the most votes (38.4 percent) out of three
candidates. She and Gene Rhodes (33.8 percent) advanced to the general election in August in
which they will run uncontested. There were no candidates in the Democratic primary of that
Sumner residents have until 11 a.m. on May 21 to submit their resumes or qualifications to the
county clerk at the Sumner County Administration Building on 355 N. Belvedere Dr. in Room
111 in Gallatin.
Echols, a Sumner County native, said she feels led to serve her hometown by representing
“As a mother, employee, homeowner and taxpayer, I am deeply invested in our future. My
focus will be on wise planning when it comes to development, infrastructure, and education. I
have submitted my resume to the commission highlighting my education, professional history,
and extensive community involvement,” Echols said.
“In addition to the information listed on my resume, my most compelling qualification is that
the voters of District 7 selected me to represent them on the commission in the May 1 primary.
I welcome the opportunity to finish out Commissioner Kemp’s term and provide a smooth
transition for District 7 on the commission.”
Kemp, first elected in 2014, announced on Facebook that she would resign her position on the
commission because she bought property outside her district. She submitted her resignation on
April 4 to Sumner County attorney Leah Dennen.
“In remaining as transparent as I’ve been during my term, and forthcoming and fair as possible
to all involved, I decided today to formally withdraw my name from the upcoming May 1 Republican primary ballot and give those that can make the commitment to the voters, every opportunity to succeed,” Kemp wrote on Facebook.