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Dyer County's newest commissioner: Dr. Brandon Dodds

Friday, January 18, 2013

On Monday evening the Dyer County Commission appointed Dr. Brandon Dodds to fill the remainder of John Flatt's term representing District B. Flatt, who was elected to the Newbern city board in November, resigned his position as commissioner in order to focus on Newbern. Dodds is no stranger to the political arena, as he ran for governor of Tennessee during the 2010 election.

Dodds' entry into politics was spurred by a disappointment in the way his home state and his fellow Tennesseans were being represented. Now he has the opportunity to make an impact on a smaller scale, with his neighbors.

"Our constitution is a contract between the government and the people," said Dodds by phone on Wednesday afternoon. "The 10th Amendment says that any right not granted to the federal government is reserved for the states. Issues like health care and education have always been state-rights issues but we have allowed the federal government to railroad us."

"We elect people who do not fix problems," Dodds continued to say.

Dodds, who owns Dodds Eyecare in Newbern, says that as a business owner he understands that he has to create a budget and abide by it. Dodds commented that a lot of politicians don't remember that they have to spend less than they bring in; raising taxes is not always the answer.

"When people give you their tax dollars, its important to spend it wisely," said Dodds.

Dodds says that his role as a commissioner is a unique opportunity to help people on a local level. He acknowledges that things would be easier if the economy was in a better position but that will not stop him from working hard.

Dodds' political platform has not changed since his run for governor in 2010. Dodds still is a pro-life advocate, strongly believing in the right to life. Dodds believes in protecting the Second Amendment and believes gun owners' rights should be preserved. As mentioned earlier, Dodds is supportive of states' rights, noting that issues such as healthcare and education should be left to the states to regulate.

"As a healthcare provider I realize the hurdles the healthcare profession faces and the reasons why healthcare costs are spiraling," said Dodds in a 2009 interview with the State Gazette. "One of the main reasons is government regulations and mandates. Physicians spend just about as much time on compliance issues as they do with patients. This keeps them from buying new equipment and having appropriate staffing. It just eats up their time with mountains of paperwork."

"As a commissioner you always have an obligation to listen to the people and represent them," said Dodds. "I want the people in my district to know that I will do my very best and I will work very hard for them.

Dodds is a graduate of Dyer County High School, class of 1992. He is the son of Steve and Peggy Dodds. He and his wife April reside in Newbern with their three children: Bo, Clay and Cole.

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