More bare facts on candidates



Continuing last week’s concise profiles of political candidates, the following information includes all candidates who will appear on Oneonta’s ballot of municipal offices: Places 1, 2, 3, and 5 for Oneonta City Council and Place 5 for Oneonta City Board of Education.

The election will be Tuesday, Aug. 23. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot for the Aug. 23 election is Aug. 18. The runoff, if needed, will be Oct. 4. Those elected will take office on Nov. 7. The designation (I) below indicates an incumbent.

City of Oneonta
Council Place l
Richard Phillips

Age: 34

Education: Oneonta High school graduate, 2000; Auburn University, bachelor’s degree in graphic design, 2005; Birmingham School of Law, law degree, 2014.

Present job: Owns and operates Say What? logo and print design firm. Also owns and operates Richard M. Phillips, attorney at law.

Memberships, etc.: second vice-chairman, Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce; vice-president Oneonta Foundation For Educational Resources (OFFER); board member Covered Bridge Players; president, Blount County Auburn Club.

Daniel Clem
Age: 38

Education: graduated Oneonta High School, 1996; Troy University bachelor’s degree in business and management, 2001

Present job: Store manager, Weathers Ace Hardware

Memberships, etc.: member Park and Recreation Board; board member, Children’s Center; member Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce; Oneonta Business Association Citizen of the year, 2015

Council Place 2
Tonya Harvey Rogers (I)
Age: 57

Education: graduated Oneonta High school, 1977; Faulkner University, bachelor’s degree in business administration, 1993; U. S. Army War College, Master’s in Strategic (Military) Studies, 2005

Present job: Human resources team, Commercial Metals Corporation

Memberships, etc.: Member Army War College Association; member Human Development Committee, Alabama League of Municipalities; member American Legion

Rob Rice
Age: 47

Education: graduated Oneonta High School,1986; Andrew College, UAB with degrees in communications and journalism, 1988, 1991

Present job: Owner/Editor, The Blount Countian

Memberships, etc.: president, Oneonta Park and Recreation Board; board member, Blount County Crimestoppers; board member Oneonta Foundation for Education Resources (OFFER); board member Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce

Council Place 3
Mark Gargus (I)
Age: 54

Education: graduated Oneonta High School, 1980

Present job: Self-employed building/remodeling contractor

Memberships, etc.: volunteer member, Danny B. Hicks scholarship Tournament committee

Nathaniel “Nate” Butler
Age: 48

Education: graduated Oneonta High School, 1986; Wallace State, associates degree in child development, 2016

Present job: Substitute teacher, K-12, Oneonta High School

Memberships, etc.: member Phi Theta Kappa honor society; member Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce

Council Place 5
Danny Robinson (I)

Age: 63

Education: graduated Oneonta High School, 1971; Jefferson State Community College, associates degree in special education, 1978

Present job: account executive for sales, One Source Office Products; former Colonial Bank/BB&T sales/banking/finance officer/branch manager

Memberships, etc.: Member, Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce; member Oneonta Business Association

Michael “Mike” Jackson
Age: 47

Education: graduated Oneonta High school, 1987; Wallace State, 2-year technical degree in design and drafting, 1989

Present job: Security analyst, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama

Memberships, etc.: NA

Oneonta City Board of Education
Place 5
Russell Smith
Age: 50

Education: graduated J. B. Pennington High school, 1984; Birmingham- Southern College, bachelor’s degree in accounting,1989; CPA, 1991

Present job: Chief financial officer, Imaging Business Machines, LLC (IBML)

Memberships, etc.: board member Oneonta Foundation for Education Resources (OFFER); president, Oneonta High School Booster Club

Tracy Shea
Age: 46

Education: graduated Cleveland High School, 1987; attended Jefferson State Community College

Present job: construction foreman

Memberships, etc.: co-president, Oneonta High School Band Boosters; member DayStar Church, Cullman; volunteer director of Master’s Hands (charitable organization providing food, clothing, etc. to those in need)