Tuesday, August 19 2014, 03:12 PM EDT
Bradley County's Dan Howell Taking Seat in Nashville Early
The Bradley County Commission has voted for Dan Howell (pictured center) to take office as the Tenn. House District 22 representative effective September 1, filling the remainder of Eris Watson's term. Watson (pictured left) was elected sheriff.
Howell would normally not be officially elected until November, however he won the Republican Primary on August 7 and faces no challengers in the November General Election.
"I am thankful to the voters for casting their votes for me on August 7, and I am honored the Commission has seen fit to place their confidence in me to take office early in order to assure a smooth transition. Sheriff-Elect Watson was a great legislator and I believe he will also be a great sheriff. He set a high standard and I look forward to continuing his tradition of good representation for the people of District 22," Howell said.
District 22 covers parts of Bradley County, and all of Polk and Meigs counties.
For the past five years, Howell has served Bradley County as Executive Assistant to the County Mayor. He has also served on the Chamber of Commerce Board, the Cleveland/Bradley Greenway Board, and the county Storm Water Advisory Board, as well as directed the county’s Three Star Program. Since 2010, he has served Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, and Polk counties on the Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committee.
Photo: Rep. Watson giving Dan Howell the keys to his office in Nashville, with House Speaker Beth Harwell in attendance.