Leon Humphrey - Carter County Mayor

I am a Constitutionalist that believes in small government “of, by and for the people.” I advocate free enterprise – taxes should be low and families should be allowed to keep what they earn. As an office holder and citizen, I strive to meet a high moral standard. My chief commitment is to transform “Business as Usual” to a “LEAN CULTURE” where tax dollars are saved and business thrives. I strongly support gun rights, our service men and women, and our shared American heritage. Yet right now Elizabethton needs jobs and new revenue streams.

Since 2010, I have committed to:

  • Base all financial decisions on sound business practices.
  • Oppose unnecessary tax increases.
  • Audit budgets and eliminate wasteful spending.
  • Have an Open Door Policy and insist on government transparency.
  • Work to attract employment opportunities and business to Elizabethton.
  • Make commission and board appointments based on qualifications.

I don’t flip-flop. I made these commitments in 2010. My record proves I’ve stuck to them.

If re-elected, I aim to:

  • Create a single stream recycling program. This could generate revenues of $500,000 a year – up from $70,000 – and reduce landfill waste by as much as 60%.
  • Initiate elements of infrastructure that are necessary for continued economic development; high speed communications, highways, water and sewer projects.
  • Launch planning for a downtown hotel, so Elizabethton does not lose business conferences and over-night tourists to Johnson City.
  • Establish an Environmental Law Court to enforce litter and zoning ordinances. Right now it can take years to process these violations.
  • Create a Historical Documents Department and Archives, where historical records are preserved, digitally duplicated, and open to the public. Archives would complement Elizabethton’s rich heritage, attract historical tourists and genealogical researchers.
  • Continue to use sound business practices, expand constituent services and work diligently to keep property taxes low.
  • Implement new technologies and systems to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs.
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Print the voter registration form, complete the form and hand deliver or mail it to: Tracy Harris
Administrator of Elections
Carter County Courthouse
801 E. Elk Avenue
Room 207
Elizabethton, TN 37643
Ph: (423) 542-1822
Fax: (423) 547-1534
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm
Mayor@CarterCountyTN.gov