Rear Admirals Vance Fry and Noah Long have thrown their support behind Tommy Crangle, Republican candidate for the District 27 House seat. Rep Richard Floyd, who holds this seat currently, is retiring and has also endorsed Mr. Crangle.
Rear Admiral Fry stated, “Tommy Crangle brings a wealth of business management experience to the table. As a TVA executive in charge of construction and 400+ employees, he received numerous awards, including ‘Manager of the Year’ by the Council of Minority Hiring and Contracting. Tommy is also a man of courage. He deployed to Iraq four times to manage the rebuilding of the Iraq electric grid. His experience and leadership were paramount in taking on this huge restoration challenge. For that work, he was awarded the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award by Iraqi Administrator Paul Bremer, the highest award for a civilian authorized by the Pentagon Joint Chiefs.
“Last but not least, I have known Tommy for 10 years and I know he is a dedicated Christian and demonstrates character and integrity in all business and personal actions. As a statesman, he stands out among his peers as a conservative and believes the government has ignored the citizens all too often. A vote for Tommy Crangle is a vote for the people of Tennessee,” said Rear Admiral Fry.
Rear Admiral Long offered the following comments. “Having known Tommy Crangle, the engineer, now for several years, I find he has all the traits that make him a superb engineer but that will also make him a superb representative. He has an inquisitive mind and a desire to dig into the details and solve problems. Although Tommy is not a veteran himself, I am enthusiastically supporting him because he has served our national interests by deploying in harm’s way to work with the military in solving the major electrical distribution problems of host countries. I urge all my fellow Veterans to likewise throw your support to Tommy.”
Mr Crangle, a lifelong conservative Republican and Signal Mountain resident, is a licensed professional engineer and a former senior executive with TVA before his early retirement in the late 90’s. He is active in conservative politics, and he previously served on the Hamilton County Election Commission. In 2012, he and his wife, Pamper, received the Harold and Lill Coker Achievement Award for their volunteer work with the Republican Party.
After his early retirement from TVA, Mr. Crangle worked with the Department of Defense and the Department of State, serving in various positions. As the senior liaison with the Iraqi government to restore the Iraq power grid which provides electricity to 25 million Iraqis, Mr. Crangle was responsible for the execution strategy for a $5.4 billion budget.
Mr. Crangle said, “I am very grateful for this endorsement and support from two veterans whom I admire and appreciate for their long and sacrificial duty to our country. The work I did with American soldiers in Iraq was a highlight of my 40+ year career as a professional engineer. To watch 'on the ground' their dedication to protect and serve others and to uphold American values was incredible. We owe these veterans a great debt of gratitude. I recognize that many veteran affairs are handled at the federal level, but the veterans will always have a friend in me at the state level.”
District 27 includes the western section of Hamilton County.