McKenzie seeks return as 1st District councilman
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Charlie McKenzie
Charlie McKenzie
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Charlie McKenzie, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, announces his candidacy for re-election for City Council, District 1.

McKenzie is a 1968 graduate of Cleveland High School and attended Cleveland State Community College. He also graduated from Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy in Donelson.

McKenzie is no stranger to hard work, having started work at the young age of 8 delivering newspapers for the Cleveland Daily Banner.

McKenzie has more than 25 years of law enforcement experience with the Cleveland Police Department, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and as a Bradley County constable.

McKenzie has been employed with the Bradley County Schools system for 39 years, transporting three generations of youth. McKenzie also owned and operated a furniture business in Cleveland for 30 years.

McKenzie is the son of the late Kermit and Icy McKenzie.

He attended Blythe Avenue School while growing up in the Old Field. He is married to the former Marsha Akins and they have one son and two wonderful grandchildren. The McKenzies attend Westmore Church of God.

McKenzie states, “I intend to be a strong steward of your tax dollar and will listen to the voters of Cleveland and citizens of the 1st District, which includes Blythe-Bower, Community Services, and Stuart School.”

McKenzie states, “I am a supporter of education, law enforcement, fire protection, public works and a great support staff. If you have any questions about me, ask your neighbor.”

“Remember! Charlie knows you before the election, Charlie knows you during the election and Charlie knows you after the election,” He said.

McKenzie said he:

- Supported keeping Whirlpool plant and jobs in Cleveland.

- Supported the new Spring Branch Industrial Park, new interchange and Interstate 75 Exit 20 improvements.

- Supported local industries by voting for PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreements for Duracell and Mars Chocolate.

- Voted to reaffirm the city’s commitment of $2,010,010 for a veterans home.

- Supported the historic Depot restoration project.

- Supported refurbishing Engine 5 for the Cleveland Fire Department — saving more than $300,000 when compared to the purchase of a new fire truck.

- Supported new traffic signal for APD 40 at King Street.

- Supported the new LED warning signs at 5 Points, which he credited with preventing accidents at the underpass.

- Supported the new Swimming Pool and Spray Park at the South Cleveland Community Center.

- Supported a new energy-efficient roof for the South Cleveland Community Center, with the majority of funds coming from state grants.

- Supported several extensions of the Cleveland Bradley County Greenway.

- Supported a study being conducted by the Army Corp of Engineers to reduce flooding.

- Supported the Multimodal Access Grant for Wildwood Avenue and Dalton Pike sidewalk and transit improvements.