UT student running for Sullivan County Commission

He's running for office, but he's still a student at UT. Just 21 years-old Blake Roller is on the ballot for Sullivan County Commissioner.

In Sullivan County where Blake Roller comes from, signs sit in yards asking for votes. Blake is a junior at UT working towards his law degree, but he's not letting his age hold his political career back. As soon as he was old enough, he filed papers at the election office.
Blake Roller says, "They said how old are you? They didn't think I was old enough to run. So I told them I'm 20 and they looked it up and said 18 is the age to run."

Blake tells me he doesn't think about his youth as inexperience.
Blake says, "When you're sitting in high school and thinking these people are making decisions, but have no real connection, that's when I decided to run."

He plans on focusing on bringing more manufacturing jobs and attract tourism to their civil war site. Blake's mom tells me she's not surprised by her son's ambition. She still remembers her reaction when he told her he was running. Lisa Roller says, "I was like you are? And he did. So we are very proud. He's always been a high achiever and involved in every club. Everything he could get involved in he was."

He's running against 7 others. Blake tells me he wants to win, but if he doesn't, he's okay with it. Blake says, "If you do it and take the risk and don't win, there's always another election. Take the chance and learn about it now and say you did it."

The primary election is on May 6.


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