Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored- Aldous Huxley
We all have a responsibility and a right to vote, but who you are voting for is of utmost importance, especially during these volatile times. It is no different in Coffee County Tennessee, as local elections are vital.. from how your children are educated, to how the criminal justice system thrives. Local elections make or break a community.
The upcoming information on candidates are based on findings from open, factual sources, which helps shed light on the true values of candidates claiming to be “bona fide Republicans”.
While the criteria in the state of TN includes a candidate’s voting record which state bylaws define as “Any individual who has voted in at least three (3) of the four (4) most recent Statewide Republican primary elections”, there should be other factors to uphold the integrity of the party. Unfortunately, those factors do not exist in those bylaws, so it is incumbent for voters to know critical information, particularly who supports and endorses those running for office. Conservative voters can blame top state GOP man, Scott Golden for giving the nod for all those filing to run.
Garth Roland Segroves, currently an attorney in Tullahoma TN is running for General Sessions Judge, Part 2. The question should be asked if being a “bona fide Republican” includes running as a Democrat for Tennessee House District 47 in 2006.
Other questions are regarding the donations by Mr. Garth Segroves to Democrat Beto O,Rourke presidential candidate in 2020, Democrat runner for TN Senate Phil Bredesen in 2018, and Democrat Karl Dean for Nashville Mayor also in 2018.
Other donations of note are to Act blue, and a PAC supporting Beto O’Rourke called Powered By People.
Is this really a “bona fide Republican”?
Josh Morris. We can’t tell you what he currently does, as he repeatedly quits jobs which he admits, is to advance himself. However we can tell you he is in the running for the Coffee County Circuit Court Clerk, the same office where he served as a deputy clerk, but again quit and was rehired on several occasions. Mr. Morris clings to his claim he is a leader and has budget experience. In 2008, as director of the Manchester recreation center, Mr. Morris received a letter in his personnel file reprimanding him for “seriously” going over a budget, and failure to attend meetings due to his claim of “being busy”. In 2014, Mr. Morris ran as a democrat for the Coffee County Trustee position. His inconsistency and loyalty to any job appears to be a problem, so should this be who voters elect for a job that requires loyalty, attention to budgets and adherence to rules?
Eric Burch, another Tullahoma attorney, running for Coffee County Circuit Court Judge, Part 2, donated in 2018,$1000 to Democrat Phil Bredesen, who ran against Marsha Blackburn.
Tim Morris vying for County Commission District 5 and Scott Hansert running for Coffee County Road Superintendent both ran as democrats in local races in 2014. https://www.manchestertimes.com/news/local/election-results-brown-wins-dem-primary-for-coffee-county-mayor/article_47aa9487-00e4-5728-bba2-03c2de80e485.html
Yes, we know people grow, and change their views. However it is incumbent upon us as voters to know a candidates past, to question it, and decide whether they have changed or have an agenda contrary to their campaign rhetoric.
This isn’t a personal attack or as many will respond “no big deal” on those running for political offices in Coffee County, but rather a wake up call. Local elections are the foundation for state and federal campaigns and can turn a red state blue at any time. If those running for office have an agenda other than what the republican party claims to have, it will result in the downfall of conservatism. Doesn’t it matter?