Weiss is candidate for Republican State Executive Committee
Don Weiss has announced he is running for Republican State Executive Committee in the 9th Senatorial District, which includes Monroe, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, and a small part of Bradley County.
He grew up in Tellico Plains and currently lives in Sweetwater. He is married to Judy (Wagner) Weiss from Bradley County.
“I have two grown children and four beautiful, wonderful grandchildren. We attend church at First Baptist Church in Sweetwater, where I serve on the Finance Committee,” he said.
“Most people know me as Coach Weiss after 40-plus years as an educator in public and private schools. I have served as a principal and assistant principal at the high school level and I have taught kindergarten through 12th grade in both regular and special needs education. I coached boys and girls basketball, softball, football, and golf and was an assistant coach at the collegiate level in boys and girls basketball. I also served as a Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) referee in boys and girls basketball,” Weiss said.
“I am a veteran of the United States Navy, having served on the U.S.S. Suribachi and the U.S.S. Elokomin. I would proudly put on the uniform again in service of this great nation. I recently retired as an educator and wanted to find an opportunity to continue to serve my community. Bill Landrum announced he and his wife June’s decision not to seek re-election to the Executive Committee and encouraged me to run,” he said.
“Too often folks running for elected office tell you what they will do if elected. I think it’s better to tell you what I believe and then you will know what I will do.
“I believe this nation was founded by the grace of God and it was built on conservative values. The word ‘conservative’ didn’t exist when I was growing up in Tellico Plains but there were words like ‘honor,’ ‘loyalty,’ ‘truthfulness,’ and ‘self-reliance’ that I learned and those words became the values that I hold dear today. I didn’t know there was such a thing as the National Rifle Association growing up because everyone owned firearms, but I knew there was a Second Amendment. I was willing to put on a uniform and defend it and I defend it now.
“I do not believe the Constitution is a living document. I believe it is a social contract signed between we the people and the government and it says what it says. I believe t life ends when the heart stops and life begins when the heart starts. The Republican Party I know and love should defend this nation, defend its values, defend the Second Amendment, defend the unborn, and do so unapologetically in the face of all comers. Unfortunately, we often fall prey to politicians who talk a good game but do not hold fast to the Republican platform. That is why I am running for this position. I want candidates who will actually go to Nashville, go to Washington D.C., and do what they say they will do when they are in our communities asking for our votes,” Weiss said.
“Communication is a strength of mine having communicated with a cross section of our citizens. When I am elected to this position, I will be at your Republican Party meetings listening to what you have to say. I will set down with the people of Monroe, McMinn, Polk, Meigs and Bradleyc and seek their knowledge and desires and take them to Nashville and push for them in the State Executive Committee. Thank you for taking the time to read this as I know you have other demands on your time. I would be very grateful and thankful for your vote and support,” he said.
Early voting starts on July 13 and Election Day is on Aug. 2.
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