Michael Swisher announces  candidacy for State Representative

Michael Swisher

Michael Swisher has informed Overton County News of his intent to seek election as State Representative in Tennessee’s 41st district. Following is his statement.

“I am announcing my candidacy to seek the Republican nomination for State Representative in Tennessee’s 41st district. The district covers parts of four counties including north Anderson County, all of Morgan and Overton, and half of Fentress County. The 41st house district also includes the Roane County portion of Oliver Springs. Swisher is a lifetime resident of Anderson County.

“I am the son of Bob and Ann Swisher, I graduated from Anderson County High School in 1986 and attended the University of Tennessee obtaining a bachelor’s degree in microbiology in 1990. I worked in the mining business along with my father and brother while attending the University of Tennessee. I continued working with Swisher Coal and its successor until August 2011, when I began working for the Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley to help revive a small club in Lake City, Tennessee, a club in which my mother was responsible for bringing to Lake City for the youth of the area. When I began working at the club, there were approximately 30 members daily at one club. Today, the Boys & Girls Club of Anderson County is composed of 4 clubs, serving nearly 300 kids daily.

“I am also a shareholder in Swisher Enterprises. We have farming interests in Anderson County, Tennessee and Arcadia, Florida.

“I am a Conservative Republican, I’m also a Pro Life Christian and a member of Main Street Baptist Church in Lake City where I serve a Deacon and am active in Church Ministry. My reasons for seeking office are sincere.

“I have the conviction as a Christian, to step out and fight for our communities, our state, and our country. The time of trying to maintain and not lose, is not effective with the changes our kids, our people, our schools, our communities, our farmers are facing. I want to step out and seek God to use me to change the direction our state and our country is heading. Our education system needs to teach our kids core subjects and leave personal beliefs to the family. Our police force needs to be supported and respected. Our military needs to be given the best we have to offer in health care, emotional support, and education for their service to our country. I would deeply appreciate your vote on Thursday, Aug. 4.

“I am married to my wife of 23 years, Nikki Swisher, who is an elementary school teacher at Norris Elementary School. We have three children Millie Anne 13, Nina Kate 11, and Kinlee Jo aged 11.”