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.

1,690 SIGNATURES
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?

  • Kenneth Barnes
    signed 2019-10-31 14:39:06 -0500
  • Jeff Ivey
    signed 2019-10-31 13:29:26 -0500
    His comments were completely inappropriate.
  • Mary Mancini
    signed 2019-10-31 11:57:13 -0500
  • Marilyn Rawding
    signed 2019-10-31 11:52:06 -0500
    Shame on HURST>
  • John Robinson
    signed 2019-10-31 11:40:49 -0500
  • Kris Bronstad
    signed 2019-10-31 11:16:35 -0500
    Kris Bronstad
  • Shannon Brown
    signed 2019-10-31 11:08:03 -0500
    It’s time for this type of rhetoric, as professed by to Warren Hurst and others like him, to disappear from our government and those who hold positions that represent the people’s voices. Bigoted speech certainly doesn’t represent the ideologies of all communities and this type of speech reinforces the stereotype that we are ignorant hillbillies and we continue to employ the “good ol’ boy” system of due process…especially when hate-speech is presented with a toothpick to punctuate bigoted points. Where was the sense of professionalism that, out of respect to our government, should have been present during that meeting? We want better for ourselves, our futures, and our communities. It is also important to consider that there are a large number of LGBTQ+ folks and allies who are artists and Sevier County depends on tourist dollars and these artists to bring in tourism. It’s time for atiquated approaches to government, problem-solving, discrimination, rejection of diversity to become just that: retired.
  • Paul Hotsinpiller
    signed 2019-10-31 10:54:53 -0500
  • Keith Hinkle
    signed 2019-10-31 10:37:46 -0500
  • Kellie Baker
    signed 2019-10-31 10:33:24 -0500
    Please do the right thing and stop this person from using his position to spread hate. Thank you!
  • Michelle Case
    signed 2019-10-31 10:26:48 -0500
    ABSOLUTELY NOT OK
  • Carol Baswell
    signed 2019-10-31 10:21:24 -0500
  • Michael Morgan
    signed 2019-10-31 09:58:15 -0500
  • Cierra Layman
    signed 2019-10-31 09:48:50 -0500
  • Sara Cousins
    signed 2019-10-31 09:14:17 -0500
  • Brady Watson
    signed 2019-10-31 08:24:49 -0500
  • Michael Cisneros
    signed 2019-10-31 08:10:03 -0500
  • Allison Newey
    signed 2019-10-31 08:06:05 -0500
  • Renee Pedigo
    signed 2019-10-31 08:04:11 -0500
  • Jen Hamilton
    signed 2019-10-31 07:48:49 -0500
  • Melissa Morahan
    signed 2019-10-31 07:48:05 -0500
  • Amanda Fisher
    signed 2019-10-31 07:32:05 -0500
  • Robert Ballentine
    signed 2019-10-31 07:24:51 -0500
    Robert A. Ballentine
  • Katie Goddard
    signed via 2019-10-31 06:34:47 -0500
  • Kelsey Hancock
    signed 2019-10-31 06:26:52 -0500
  • Ken Bingham
    signed 2019-10-31 06:18:32 -0500
  • Jaime Vermeulen
    signed 2019-10-31 04:56:28 -0500
    I’M SICK OF THIS SHIT ~ ESPECIALLY SINCE ALL I DID MYSELF WAS WALK INTO MY LOCAL WALMART TO DO A SIMPLE EXCHANGE OF A PRODUCT AND HAD HOMOPHOBIC SLURS AIMED TO ME BY ASSOCIATES. ` WHEN I CALLED THEM OUT ON IT I WAS ALMOST ASSAULTED BY THE ASSOCIATE WHO MADE THE REMARKS AND WALMART STILL HAS HER EMPLOYED!
  • Sydney George
    signed 2019-10-31 02:33:04 -0500
  • Emily Fletcher
    signed 2019-10-31 00:30:25 -0500
  • Doug McKirahan
    signed 2019-10-30 23:42:36 -0500
    Why is this man still a County Commissioner? He shouldn’t be holding any kind of public office.

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