Steve Rice announces candidacy for county assessor of property
Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010 10:03 pm
Steve Rice of Union City has announced his candidacy for Obion County assessor of property.
Rice, 58, is an Obion County commissioner of 20 years’ service to District 7 and all Obion County.
“It has been a high honor to have served the people of District 7 and all the people of Obion County,” he said. “I thank them for their support and humbly ask them for their vote in the upcoming election.”
A native of Union City, he graduated from Union City High School in 1971 and the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1984 with a bachelor of science degree with a concentration in accounting.
Between graduation from UCHS and UT Martin, he was a Goodyear associate.
Rice also has 25 years of experience in banking in Obion County. He began his career with the former Bank of Obion County. Later, he was executive vice president of the bank and was a member of the board of directors of First Volunteer Bank when it merged with First Citizens National Bank. He worked in administration and consumer, commercial and real estate lending.
He said his qualifications to serve as assessor of property include his attending numerous appraisal courses, the Tennessee Banking School of Consumer Lending, the Tennessee Banking School of Commercial Lending and the Banking School of the South at Louisiana State University. He also served on the board of directors of the Tennessee Bankers School of Consumer Banking.
In the field of civic service, Rice has served as treasurer of the Kiwanis Club, president of the Heart Fund, Babe Ruth board of directors member, girls’ softball coach, Little League and Babe Ruth baseball coach, Cub Scout leader and United Way member.
He is a founding member of Crosswind Church, where he serves as an elder. He has been a Sunday school teacher and has participated in mission projects with local churches and Tennessee Brick Layers for Christ.
Rice and his wife, Linda, have been married 36 years. She is a graduate of Obion County Central High School and is the former owner of the Stitchin’ Post fabric store. They have two children — Becky Morgan and Hunter Rice. Becky and her husband, Brad, a U.S. Army major, live in Clarksville and have two children. Hunter and his wife, Melissa, have two children and live in Union City.
Rice pledges to the voters of Obion County that, if elected, he will run the assessor’s office in a professional, fair and friendly manner.
Published in The Messenger 7.15.10