Bob Gardner announces intent to run for mayor of Sharon

Bob Gardner announces intent to run for mayor of Sharon
Robert “Bob” Gardner, who has served as Sharon’s mayor from 1986 until 2002 and from 2006 until 2008, as well as one term as a Weakley County Commissioner (2002-2006), is announcing his candidacy to run for re-election to the office of Mayor in Sharon’s upcoming election on November 2, 2008. His slogan in “Experience Counts.” Gardner, whose term expires at the end of November, says, “I have served as mayor of Sharon for 18 years. It has been a privilege and I have served willingly. I have done my best for the enrichment of our community. Many changes have taken place over the past years and are certain to continue in the forthcoming years. The size of our town and the available revenue has been key factors in past decisions. These same factors will continue to affect future events in our community. I promote the efficiency of operations while obtaining quality services. During my tenure as mayor, the city was nominated by Municipal Technical Advisory Service and selected to receive the 2001 Tennessee Municipal League Achievement Award for financial turnaround.” Gardner states that his vision for the future of Sharon is as follows: • Promotion of the town both locally and beyond. Being a place of quality living is a great asset. • Improving the quality of our school • Improving recreational facilities for youth and seniors. • More community involvement (between citizens and city government) “I am proud to call Sharon my home,” Gardner said. “I hope the citizens also feel that Sharon is the best place to call home and live. I ask for your vote for another term as mayor.” A 1962 graduate of Sharon High School, Gardner attended John A. Gupton Mortuary College in Nashville graduating in 1966. He has owned the Gardner Funeral Home of Sharon for the past 38 years. Gardner’s political experience is considerable. He has served on the Nursing Home Committee, the Public Works Committee of Weakley County, Weakley County Chamber of Commerce, and the Weakley County Joint Economic Development Board. Additionally, he previously served for 10 years on the Weakley County School Board. He is currently a member of the West Tennessee Mayors Association and an active member of the First Baptist Church of Sharon. Gardner was active in organizing the Sharon Progress and Growth Committee in 1997 and the committee is still an active organization. Gardner also was instrumental in organizing Sharon’s Annual Hometown Christmas (1990-1999) and participated in the organization in Sharon’s 100th Birthday celebration. Bob Gardner and his wife, the former Carol Crowder, are the proud parents of two children, Greg Gardner and Allison Ellison. They also have two grandsons. The Gardners reside at Becky Lane in Sharon

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