Jim Bethune Is The Man For The Job

Saturday, May 24, 2014
I am very pleased to see that Jim Bethune is seeking the mayor's position in East Ridge. I do not live in East Ridge, so I do not have a horse in the race, but I know the character and integrity of Jim Bethune. I have known Jim for 30 years and have worked for, or with Jim for 16 years. Jim will bring a common sense approach and a business mind to the city. Jim loves his home town and takes pride in the city where he was raised, where he raised his children and continues to call home.

 Jim will put the city and its people first before politics.
Jim is a man who stands up for what he believes in. Even if it is not the "politically correct" thing to do, he does the right thing. Jim is a man of faith and family and if you live in East Ridge and don't know Jim, I encourage you to meet him before you cast your vote this year. Jim Bethune will make East Ridge a better place to live.

David Hickman
Ooltewah

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