Cole announces candidacy for re-election

From Staff Reports

State Rep. Ralph Cole, R-Elizabethton, announced Wednesday his candidacy for re-election to the 4th District of the Tennessee House of Representatives.
   "Tennessee has the lowest taxes of any state in the nation, and I will work in the next General Assembly to keep Tennessee a low tax state. That is my primary goal," he said. Cole, who has served in the House of Representatives for the past 14 years, has also served on the state's Finance Committee, Budget Subcommittee, Commerce Committee, Industrial Impact Subcommittee, Ethics Committee, and the Joint Select Committee on Veterans Affairs.
   Cole said he will "continue pushing" for a steady flow of state and federal funds to come back to Carter County, particularly road and education money. He cited several major road projects that he has worked for with the Department of Transportation, including the Northern Connector, the Stoney Creek Highway and the new Gap Creek Road.
   Cole also said he will work for improved health care and long-term care services for senior citizens and that he will also make an effort to communicate efficiently with Carter County citizens. "It is helping local citizens find the help they need to cut through government tape that has been at the top of the priorities of my office. I will return every phone call and every contact made to my office, and I pledge to continue to make constituent services a top priority," he said.