Mack Reeves for Mayor
Gary Ellis

United States

#21 Feb 5, 2012
LOL Whats the problem with mullets!!???? No...I don't have a MULLET. Nor am I kin to any Ellis clans in our county... For which they can probably breathe a sigh of relief...lol...MULLET...too funny
ANYONE else

United States

#22 Feb 6, 2012
Apologize, sir. Had you confused with the Ellis guy whose daughter was or is a cheerleader at MCHS....
Gary Ellis

United States

#23 Feb 6, 2012
LOL No problem. Might I ask what concerns you have about our county and current representation? That is, if ya have any.
marion voter

Trenton, GA

#24 Feb 6, 2012
I am concerned about Bozos who should go to jail for going around and tresspassing on church proerty to put out flyers no one wants. And the ones who stick their campaign signs all over my property without asking or knowing who the owner is.
creek boy

United States

#25 Feb 6, 2012
mack is a good man give him a try cant be no worse
ANYONE else

United States

#26 Feb 19, 2012
My concers are numerous:
1. It doesn't seem that we are growing industrously. Wouldn't bringing new industry in which would, in turn, create new jobs possibly ease the tax burden on us "common" folk?
2. There is no "voice" for the county. We need someone to stand up and not only speak out against the wheel tax proposition but also to take action against it.
3. We also need someone who can put an end to the "private" sessions that take place within the county commission. Those commissioners who do speak out again the property tax hike and wheel tax are sometimes excluded from lets say secretly called meetings in order to get the votes needed to pass items without proper discussion with all commissioners present.
4. We need help, period. Our mayor needs to be a person who has one-one-one discussions with citizens. I am not talking about the Republican or Democratic figureheads, I am talking about regular ordinary citizens who are working paycheck to paycheck and barely getting by to see what he (or she) can do to help them. We need to change the thoughts of the surrounding counties who only see Marion County as a backwater type of place.

I know this is a long post and I apologize but these are some of the concerns I have. The proposed $50.00 per vehicle wheel tax would really hurt my family personally on top of the already outrageous property tax increase. There are people in our county who have limited incomes and had to take a very hard hit on property taxes and who really cannot afford to pay out any more than they already do.

We need a real down-to-earth type of person for mayor who can walk the walk, not just talk the talk.
Gary Ellis

United States

#27 Feb 21, 2012
@ Marion Voter - I'm not sure how posting flyers while church is in session is considered "trespassing". Nor do I feel that it's very "Christian" to thinkl one should be incarcerated over a victimless non-crime. Though you personally may not want the information provided on a flyer, many in our county are unaware of the deceit and unjust taxation being imposed on them. Our country is at the point where we are rendering so much to Caeser, that we have nothing left to render unto God. Now personally, if I had a dollar for every piece of Christian literature I've found on my vehicle, I could probably pay off our county's debt burden, nor do I feel one should be put in jail for spreading the truth. As for signs, unless its say a cowfield that all the other candidates have bombarded, or public property, I always ask permission before just putting one up and you can feel free to consult with anyone whose yard you find one of my signs. I also remove my signs from around the county as soon after voting as possible, many that same night.
Gary Ellis

United States

#28 Feb 21, 2012
@ ANYONE else - I'm in total agreement with all your concerns. Though one can't just force an industry to locate in our county, we can create a more business friendly environment. Not only for industry per se, but for small business owners as well. Common folks just wanting to take their shot at the "American Dream" and attempt to provide for their family. Unfortunately (for me lol), I just found out the other day that one's initial announcement for candidacy gets to put it in our local newspapers for free. I was able to write up my piece yesterday and submit it. It will make the press before the March 6th primary, but I'm not sure exactly when. I urge you to keep an eye out for it and find out a little about my history and vision for Marion County. I just hope the editors don't cut from the story I submitted, but what can you do with the media? Hmm. maybe post flyers on cars at churches on Sunday mornings? I dunno.
Gary Ellis

United States

#29 Jun 18, 2012
So....who's ready for the August 2nd election? Besides me....lol.
Voters choice

United States

#30 Jun 18, 2012
The voters got what they wanted. You voted for Kirk, their family forced Graham in, now your stuck. You should have voted for Hood the first time around.
Dad

Jasper, TN

#31 Jun 18, 2012
Mack is terrible at his job now. He has no patience and doesn't communicate very well either. This man will never get my vote.
Gary Ellis

United States

#32 Jun 18, 2012
Voters choice wrote:
The voters got what they wanted. You voted for Kirk, their family forced Graham in, now your stuck. You should have voted for Hood the first time around.
Actually Russ and I were both the Republican candidates in that election and Russ won in the primary and went on to the general election against Mr. Kirk.
Gary Ellis

United States

#33 Jun 18, 2012
Dad wrote:
Mack is terrible at his job now. He has no patience and doesn't communicate very well either. This man will never get my vote.
What Im gathering from alot of our fellow citizens is a sentiment of stagnation in our county and a disdain for "conflicting interests" and the same people/family members holding offices time after time with "business as usual". A change in thinking and new ideals are things I intend to bring to the table if elected.
Voters choice

Chattanooga, TN

#34 Jun 18, 2012
Gary Ellis wrote:
<quoted text>Actually Russ and I were both the Republican candidates in that election and Russ won in the primary and went on to the general election against Mr. Kirk.
I wasn't replying to you. You didn't make it past the primary as you've stated. So, obviously I was speaking of the winner of the general election. Those that voted for Kirk are the ones that have put us in this situation with Graham. I personally feel that there isn't a decent candidate between you 3. We need a leader, not someone that just wants the title and isn't equipped to handle the responsibility that goes with it.
Gary Ellis

United States

#35 Jun 19, 2012
Voters choice wrote:
<quoted text>
I wasn't replying to you. You didn't make it past the primary as you've stated. So, obviously I was speaking of the winner of the general election. Those that voted for Kirk are the ones that have put us in this situation with Graham. I personally feel that there isn't a decent candidate between you 3. We need a leader, not someone that just wants the title and isn't equipped to handle the responsibility that goes with it.
LOL Well....I wont argue the situation that positioned Mr. Graham. But I will argue this...1)I don't just "want" the title. I (believe it or not) actually care about our citizens, our veterans, and the numerous problems that face not only our county, but our country as well. 2) I'm the only candidate who actually has solutions that will not only open doors to prosperity for our citizens, but that are completely different than the usual "We've gotta raise taxes in order to cover our costs".(Costs that include self appointed raises and benefits, which I find unacceptable behavior). 3) If you're not satisfied with either Mr. Graham or myself, why don't you step up to the plate? The way I see it is "The more, the merrier!" and if not for the County Mayor position, how about as a county commissioner (which is an area that needs SERIOUS reform).
Voter

Jasper, TN

#36 Jun 26, 2012
Mr. Ellis, I would like to know what you have done/or doing for a living. You speak of these family members/same people holding office time after time. Hell, who do you think puts those people in office, themselves? NO, it is the voter. The people of this county, they choose elected officials. Let me guess, you are one of these who think dead people are voting.... here we go, let's cut education funding in the state but find millions of dollars for voter reform.

Kirk's family put John Graham in the county mayor's office??? NO, the county commission did. Did they recommend John Graham for the job, yes. Do you really think that the county commission listened to the Kirk family for advice? Think again. John Graham was the best qualified for the position at the time given the field.

Grant you some of our county commissioners are not the brighest light bulb on the Christmas tree, but given the current economic situation, I feel they have done the best with what has been given to them. We have the best county commission we have had in the past 10 years.

It is often easy to judge the performance of others. Government runs on budgets. Budgets are based on projections. Projections are often missed. What do you have to offer our county besides "VOTE NO TO TAXES"?

If you have all these great ideas, put them on paper. Place them on a website. Send me something in the mail. Run an article in our local paper. Do something other than beat the old republican war drum of "I have nothing to say other than I can do better than my opponent"
Gary Ellis

United States

#37 Jun 27, 2012
Voter wrote:
Mr. Ellis, I would like to know what you have done/or doing for a living. You speak of these family members/same people holding office time after time. Hell, who do you think puts those people in office, themselves? NO, it is the voter. The people of this county, they choose elected officials. Let me guess, you are one of these who think dead people are voting.... here we go, let's cut education funding in the state but find millions of dollars for voter reform.
Kirk's family put John Graham in the county mayor's office??? NO, the county commission did. Did they recommend John Graham for the job, yes. Do you really think that the county commission listened to the Kirk family for advice? Think again. John Graham was the best qualified for the position at the time given the field.
Grant you some of our county commissioners are not the brighest light bulb on the Christmas tree, but given the current economic situation, I feel they have done the best with what has been given to them. We have the best county commission we have had in the past 10 years.
It is often easy to judge the performance of others. Government runs on budgets. Budgets are based on projections. Projections are often missed. What do you have to offer our county besides "VOTE NO TO TAXES"?
If you have all these great ideas, put them on paper. Place them on a website. Send me something in the mail. Run an article in our local paper. Do something other than beat the old republican war drum of "I have nothing to say other than I can do better than my opponent"
Ahhh....Mr./Mrs./ Ms. Voter! Thank you for inquiring...I may have to break this into a couple of posts to address each of your points due to limited screen space lol.
First, I spent 28 yrs with a commercial printing co.(along with a number of Marion Co. residents whom you may know) that specialized in sampling for the multi-billion $ beauty & fragrance industry.(With various side jobs before and during my tenure). During my employ of said company, I single handedly acquired a US Manufacturing Patent. Prior to the closing of our dept in '08, I could see the proverbial "writing on the wall" and opened a retail business in '06 which we ran till '10 (at which point we were made "an offer we couldn't refuse" for our business, and due to family illness, decided to sell). Since that time, I do online sales of numerous products as well as magazine merchandising (and frankly,, anything that happens my way that can help feed and support my family that is worth my time and effort...oh....and that isn't against the law lol)
Gary Ellis

United States

#38 Jun 27, 2012
Voter wrote:
Mr. Ellis, I would like to know what you have done/or doing for a living. You speak of these family members/same people holding office time after time. Hell, who do you think puts those people in office, themselves? NO, it is the voter. The people of this county, they choose elected officials. Let me guess, you are one of these who think dead people are voting.... here we go, let's cut education funding in the state but find millions of dollars for voter reform.
Kirk's family put John Graham in the county mayor's office??? NO, the county commission did. Did they recommend John Graham for the job, yes. Do you really think that the county commission listened to the Kirk family for advice? Think again. John Graham was the best qualified for the position at the time given the field.
Grant you some of our county commissioners are not the brighest light bulb on the Christmas tree, but given the current economic situation, I feel they have done the best with what has been given to them. We have the best county commission we have had in the past 10 years.
It is often easy to judge the performance of others. Government runs on budgets. Budgets are based on projections. Projections are often missed. What do you have to offer our county besides "VOTE NO TO TAXES"?
If you have all these great ideas, put them on paper. Place them on a website. Send me something in the mail. Run an article in our local paper. Do something other than beat the old republican war drum of "I have nothing to say other than I can do better than my opponent"
If you'll look back,(as to the same people/ family comment) I said that's what I'm hearing from many of our fellow residents...and it is.
Gary Ellis

United States

#39 Jun 27, 2012
Voter wrote:
Mr. Ellis, I would like to know what you have done/or doing for a living. You speak of these family members/same people holding office time after time. Hell, who do you think puts those people in office, themselves? NO, it is the voter. The people of this county, they choose elected officials. Let me guess, you are one of these who think dead people are voting.... here we go, let's cut education funding in the state but find millions of dollars for voter reform.
Kirk's family put John Graham in the county mayor's office??? NO, the county commission did. Did they recommend John Graham for the job, yes. Do you really think that the county commission listened to the Kirk family for advice? Think again. John Graham was the best qualified for the position at the time given the field.
Grant you some of our county commissioners are not the brighest light bulb on the Christmas tree, but given the current economic situation, I feel they have done the best with what has been given to them. We have the best county commission we have had in the past 10 years.
It is often easy to judge the performance of others. Government runs on budgets. Budgets are based on projections. Projections are often missed. What do you have to offer our county besides "VOTE NO TO TAXES"?
If you have all these great ideas, put them on paper. Place them on a website. Send me something in the mail. Run an article in our local paper. Do something other than beat the old republican war drum of "I have nothing to say other than I can do better than my opponent"
True. The voters do elect the elected officials, but the "appointed" ones?...not so much.LOL No, I have no desire to cut education spending, but I don't think it wise to blindly accept whatever budget the DoE' proposes under the pretense of "it's all for the children".
Don't get me started on voter reform lol!...That could be straightened out real quick and penniless...I'm no fan of electronic voting...I prefer paper ballots with an open count and witnesses per precinct.
Gary Ellis

United States

#40 Jun 27, 2012
Voter wrote:
Mr. Ellis, I would like to know what you have done/or doing for a living. You speak of these family members/same people holding office time after time. Hell, who do you think puts those people in office, themselves? NO, it is the voter. The people of this county, they choose elected officials. Let me guess, you are one of these who think dead people are voting.... here we go, let's cut education funding in the state but find millions of dollars for voter reform.
Kirk's family put John Graham in the county mayor's office??? NO, the county commission did. Did they recommend John Graham for the job, yes. Do you really think that the county commission listened to the Kirk family for advice? Think again. John Graham was the best qualified for the position at the time given the field.
Grant you some of our county commissioners are not the brighest light bulb on the Christmas tree, but given the current economic situation, I feel they have done the best with what has been given to them. We have the best county commission we have had in the past 10 years.
It is often easy to judge the performance of others. Government runs on budgets. Budgets are based on projections. Projections are often missed. What do you have to offer our county besides "VOTE NO TO TAXES"?
If you have all these great ideas, put them on paper. Place them on a website. Send me something in the mail. Run an article in our local paper. Do something other than beat the old republican war drum of "I have nothing to say other than I can do better than my opponent"
I didn't say Mr. Kirk's family put Mr. Graham in office. You are correct that it was the Commission. Was he the most qualified? Well....since Mr. Hood nor myself were given any consideration at all, I don't suppose we know that answer. Not yet leastwise.

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