John Paul Mathes seeks second term

From Staff Reports

   John Paul Mathes has announced that he is seeking a second term as Carter County Circuit Court Clerk.
   "From the time I began my campaign in 1997, I have been fully dedicated to the office of Circuit Court Clerk, proven in part by the number of hours I spent by the roadside in the snow and rain, holding my sign, asking people for their votes. I have always held myself to the highest level of accountability. Whether I am building a fence or serving the needs of Carter County residents in our legal system, I want to do the best job possible."
   The Circuit Court Clerk is responsible for all records concerning Circuit Court, General Sessions Court, Juvenile Court and Criminal Court. This encompasses juvenile trust accounts, passports, name changes, small claims court, just to name a few.
   Mathes has attended numerous training classes provided by the state of Tennessee to stay informed of the current laws and changes in procedure required to keep the operation of the clerk's office in compliance with state mandates. "I feel the past four years have been a tremendous learning experience," he said. "This is definitely a full-time job. There is always something or someone requiring my attention."
   Prior to his election as Circuit Court Clerk, Mathes served eight years on the Carter County Commission, working to promote better conditions for the communities he represented. He served as chairman of the Health and Welfare committee and worked to get new fire trucks for all seven volunteer fire departments in the county and city of Elizabethton.
   Mathes began his career in sales straight out of high school and owned his own business in Hampton before being elected Clerk. "I have always enjoyed working with the public and I have tried to make my office more accessible and comfortable. I have instructed my staff to treat everyone courteously, efficiently and with professionalism and they have done an excellent job."
   Mathes is the son of Gene and Roma Tolley Mathes. He has one son, J.P. Mathes II, a junior at East Tennessee State University and banjo player for Dennis Cove Band and the ETSU Senior Band.
   "I want to thank the voters of Carter County for giving me the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of being elected to the post formerly occupied by my kin, Ray Mathes, from 1956-69. I hope to be able to continue to use my experience and enthusiasm in the office of Circuit Court Clerk. Please go to the polls and vote for John Paul Mathes."
   Anyone with questions or comments, or who wishes to help Mathes in his campaign, may call him at 725-2634.