Editor’s note: This Q&A is one in a series that aims to allow voters to get to know candidates who are running in the Aug. 2 primary. Nooga.com sent questionnaires to candidates on the ballot. We will post responses as we get them.
Gravitt—owner of Gravitt Auctions & Appraisals—seeks to replace incumbent Register of Deeds Pam Hurst, who chose not to seek re-election.
Democrat Vickie Schroyer is also on the ballot.
Early voting for the Aug. 2 primaries is between July 13 and July 28.
What do you think of the office’s current use of technology and are there areas where more technology should be implemented?
With recent and forthcoming changes to state and federal laws pertaining to the use of technology, making upgrades in technology will be a constant issue in the Register’s Office.
This past session the Tennessee General Assembly approved the use of “E-Notarizations” for documents.
Hamilton County has been extremely proactive in the use of technology to help serve the citizens in an efficient, cost-effective manner.
As Register, I will continue to be an advocate in upgrades for both customer service and security.
What do you want the public to know about your background or personal life if anything?
My wife Cleo has been a teacher at Notre Dame High School for 19 years. We have two grown children, our son Jason is 26, and daughter Kensley is 23.
Over the past 27 years, I have volunteered my time and services to help many local organizations raise millions of dollars, donating my time and my skills. [I’ve worked with] organizations such as Erlanger, Chattanooga Kidney Foundation, Partnership for Families, Children’s and Adults, Friends of Special Children, Make A Wish and American Cancer Society just to name a few.
[I am a] member of Christ United Methodist Church (former church council member), Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, former Committee Chair and Assistant Scoutmaster, Tennessee Auctioneers Association (Hall of Fame & former President).
Why should residents vote for you?
As a successful businessman, public servant and veteran, I think have I would contend I am the only candidate with right experience.
The Register of Deeds is an administrative leadership position, having a budget of over $1 million with 13 employees, therefore, dealing with budgets and employees.
I am the only candidate, with over 27 years of business and management experience as a small-business owner.
I have dealt with employee’s issues, balanced budgets and made difficult decisions on how to do more with less, all the while providing exceptional customer service.
What is your personal motivation for running for this office and wanting to lead?
As a successful businessman, state representative and veteran, I feel I have the proven experience of being a leader as the Register of Deeds.
Other than six years serving in the U.S. Army and my elected official positions, I have operated a real estate business. Therefore this position will be an area that I’ve been working in for 27 years.