Censure Commissioner Hurst, make Sevier County policies inclusive

The racist and homophobic comments of Sevier County Commissioner Warren Hurst have shocked people across the country.  Please, add your name to protest his divisive words and call for policy change in Sevier County, Tennessee.  We will deliver your signatures to the Sevier County Government in November at the next county commission meeting.

1,000 signatures

To the Honorable Larry Waters, Mayor of Sevier County, and to the honorable members of the Sevier County Commission:

Calls have gone out across the country for Commissioner Warren Hurst to resign over his racist and homophobic comments. While that decision is in his hands, we call on you to censure him by resolution of the Sevier County Commission and to update the employment non-discrimination policy of Sevier County Government to protect county employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.  We urge you to make this policy change by executive order immediately, to be followed by a confirming ordinance or resolution of the County Commission. 

Will you sign?

  • Alexis Gouty
    signed 2019-11-14 04:23:28 -0600
  • C Lybrand
    signed 2019-11-14 04:10:18 -0600
    This behavior is absolutely NOT acceptable – most especially for anyone representing our community and working with the public. For a nation that speaks to faith, need to held accountable. We must live up to a higher standard and treat people with respect and kindness.
  • John Speed
    signed 2019-11-14 03:52:14 -0600
    Do not let this persons narrow and prejudiced views represent your fine county.
  • Louise Campbell
    signed 2019-11-14 00:27:02 -0600
    This man is an embarrassment.
  • Dorothy Whitman
    signed 2019-11-14 00:12:17 -0600
    Dorothy Whitman
  • Linda Wheeler
    signed 2019-11-13 23:36:22 -0600
    Hurst’s comments confirm his ignorance , and the silence of you and the commission only support the belief of much of the country that southerners are racist, homophobic , and pitifully backward. At the very least this man who thankfully is not representative of all Sevier County residents should be censured!
  • Elizabeth Williams
    signed 2019-11-13 23:35:06 -0600
  • Jamie Cyphers
    signed 2019-11-13 21:31:41 -0600
  • John Anderson
    signed 2019-11-13 21:14:53 -0600
    Will be taking all of my plans out of sevierville. I hear the Cumberland Plateau has great hikes
  • Ellen Lee
    signed 2019-11-13 21:09:56 -0600
  • Vicki Bumpus
    signed 2019-11-13 21:09:16 -0600
    There is no place for this kind of hatefulness, especially in elected officials who are supposed to represent all the people. Comments made by this Commissioner are disgusting and ignorant. Even more so, that not even one other commissioner called him on such hateful comments. Shame on all of them. But this guy needs to be removed from office.
  • Karah Tull
    signed 2019-11-13 21:05:32 -0600
  • Nancy Deatherage
    signed 2019-11-13 20:54:24 -0600
  • Nancy Auman
    signed 2019-11-13 20:46:03 -0600
  • Amanda Messick
    signed 2019-11-13 20:43:18 -0600
  • Marge Wild
    signed 2019-11-13 20:07:14 -0600
  • Linda Browning
    signed 2019-11-13 19:54:10 -0600
  • Suzanne Buice
    signed 2019-11-13 19:51:31 -0600
  • Elizabeth Parker
    signed 2019-11-13 19:41:53 -0600
  • Janan Anderson
    signed 2019-11-13 19:24:02 -0600
    There is no room for racist public representatives. This is not who we are or how Tennesseans wish to be represented!
  • Tracy Scarbrough
    signed 2019-11-13 19:19:33 -0600
  • Sue Jones
    signed 2019-11-13 19:17:13 -0600
  • Lola Kirkpatrick
    signed 2019-11-13 19:12:26 -0600
  • Susan Reid
    signed 2019-11-13 18:52:33 -0600
  • Linda Granstrom
    signed 2019-11-13 18:50:35 -0600
    This is a disgrace
  • Justin Henry
    signed 2019-11-13 18:50:02 -0600
  • Kathe Rainwater
    signed 2019-11-13 18:48:31 -0600
    Mr. Hurst, you and the friends who smiled and supported you while you orated your very discriminating comments at the Sevier County Commission meeting are an embarrassment to many Tennesseans. You should resign, and the Commission should censor you.

    Kathe Rainwater, an embarrassed Tennessean
  • Terry Moretz
    signed 2019-11-13 18:34:50 -0600
  • Heather Pagles-Sebesta
    signed 2019-11-13 18:34:40 -0600
  • Tina Nicholson
    signed 2019-11-13 18:26:06 -0600