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?

  • Julie Chitwood
    signed 2019-11-13 18:24:06 -0600
    Disgraceful and disgusting words from an elected official. UNACCEPTABLE.
  • Jennifer Cantrell
    signed 2019-11-13 18:23:31 -0600
    We must do better, hatred has no place in office.
  • Charlotte Turner
    signed 2019-11-13 18:16:04 -0600
    Charlotte E Turner
  • Anna Long
    signed 2019-11-13 18:15:23 -0600
  • Joanne Fuller
    signed 2019-11-13 18:15:11 -0600
    JOANNE Fuller
  • Tarry Samsel
    signed 2019-11-13 18:12:44 -0600
  • April Trentham
    signed 2019-11-13 04:34:16 -0600
    We can do better Sevier County
  • Michael Fiorentino
    signed 2019-11-11 16:08:45 -0600
  • Eric Thompson
    signed 2019-11-11 02:15:51 -0600
  • Marisol Martinez
    signed 2019-11-10 08:43:31 -0600
  • Timothy Oldham
    signed 2019-11-09 02:45:58 -0600
    In light of the overwhelming amens, applause and affirmations by the rooms occupants all attempts to convince me of real sincerity of any reassurance or apology seem horribly inadequate and fake. I will NEVER patronize ANY East Tennessee bussiness including the Smokey Mountain National Park. Should I have to pass that way I will make sure I don’t have to stop for any reason. That kind of hate will outlive us all so let them go broke. The KKK group in Knox county proudly making their rounds on Halloween is additional evidence that IT IS NOT SAFE in that region. The government’s response has been completely inadequate with one man saying we have to welcome everyone, our economy depends on it. If that’s the motivation and he clearly says so I find his plea pathetic and disingenuous along with all the others including Dolly Parton and any of her businesses located anywhere. Being a tourist destination does not infer a damn thing. If all your apologies and reassurance hinges on your money and not the outright disgrace that has transpired it’s lip service only and I don’t buy it. I’m looking for a safer state to live in, the state of Tennessee is a disgrace to decency and humanity. The white heterosexual male is in no way compromised, he makes the most, he rules the most and he’s the most prejudice and intolerant form of human being on this planet.

    Timothy L. Oldham

    Greenbrier, TN
  • Deidra Summers
    signed 2019-11-08 22:06:30 -0600
  • Tomyris Henry
    signed 2019-11-08 11:58:22 -0600
    Warren Hurst’s comments are unbecoming of any decent person, far less of a public official. I am certain his resignation would prove beneficial to the progress of the county, state, and nation as a whole.

    The fact that any place in Tennessee, or any place in these United States, for that matter, lacks comprehensive LGBTQ+ anti-discrimination statutes is a goddamn travesty. The described legislation is important to the continued advancement of LGBTQ+ equality in Tennessee.
  • Michelle Wilbourn
    signed 2019-11-08 07:06:40 -0600
  • Alexi Bowen
    signed 2019-11-07 20:39:41 -0600
  • Lora Otto
    signed via 2019-11-07 15:16:40 -0600
    The Commissioner has a right to his opinions, but he can express them in a respectful, intelligent way, or in a hateful, ignorant way. He chose the latter, which reflects negatively on his constituents, and the people and businesses of Sevier County For this reason he MUST resign. He does not represent the best interests or feelings of this community, or even humanity.
  • Kate Vogt
    signed 2019-11-07 05:12:21 -0600
    I am angry and ashamed that I am geographically associated with this level of ignorance and hate.
  • Matthew Mullins
    signed 2019-11-06 22:31:47 -0600
    As an elected representative of the county I live in, I do not agree with Mr. Hurst’s hate speech. I am not partisan, but I do share conservative values. This is just embarrassing, for himself & his constituents, the county, and state.

    He has every right to have his own opinion, just not on a stage where he votes propositions into laws and voices concerns for his voters who I can assure you, do not share the same values.
  • Rito Balducci
    signed 2019-11-06 19:43:05 -0600
  • Sierra Marsh
    signed 2019-11-06 18:32:53 -0600
  • Kenneth Crockett
    signed 2019-11-06 17:58:03 -0600
    We love Dolly, and we love Sevier County, but we won’t spend a dime there again until Hurst is gone and the community rallies around real American values, not bigotry and hate.
  • Patricia Kersey
    signed 2019-11-06 17:50:32 -0600
    Commisioner Hursts comments were completely inappropriate for anyone, much less from a person in his position.
  • Thomas Poe
    signed 2019-11-06 17:17:33 -0600
    Get rid of this racist
  • Mary Margaret Wheatley Leo
    signed 2019-11-06 15:01:15 -0600
    I’ve lived in Sevier Co most of my life and I’m appalled at this mans words and I think he needs ran out of Sevier Co. He doesn’t deserve to represent our county on any level. He definitely does NOT represent this Sevier Co. family. He should be ashamed of himself.
  • Pam Campbell
    signed 2019-11-06 14:18:44 -0600
    He does not represent this Sevier County family
  • Shannon Herron
    signed 2019-11-06 13:34:02 -0600
  • Matthew Wright
    signed 2019-11-06 10:20:03 -0600
    It’s hateful bigots like Warren Hurst that made me leave Tennessee in my youth. So much of this is just accepted. It’s time there are repercussions for this kind of behavior. It’s overdue, actually.
  • Randee Walters
    signed 2019-11-06 04:25:30 -0600
  • William Wilson
    signed 2019-11-05 15:29:46 -0600
    There is no place in our modern age for close-minded views such as his. The only reason that “white” males seem to be losing their privilege is that minorities and women are starting to get more which means that the good ole boys are having to make room for them at the table. Get used to it, it is the future.
  • Dennis Manning
    signed 2019-11-05 07:09:30 -0600
    Dennis Manning