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Swisher seeks GOP nod for state’s 41st District


  • Jason and Natalie Deel, owners of JD’s Realty and Auction, and Leon Jaquet, director of veterans services in Anderson County, smile for the camera at November 2021’s Veterans Appreciation Breakfast.

Michael Swisher has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for state representative in Tennessee’s 41st District.

The district covers parts of five counties, and includes Oliver Springs in north Anderson County and Roane County, all of Morgan and Overton counties, and half of Fentress County. Swisher is a lifetime resident of Anderson County.

The son of Bob and Ann Swisher, he graduated from Anderson County High School in 1986 and attended the University of Tennessee, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in microbiology in 1990.

Swisher worked in the mining business along with his father and brother while attending the University of Tennessee. He continued to work with Swisher Coal and its successor until August 2011, when he began working for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley to help revive a small club in Lake City – a club that his mother was responsible for bringing to Lake City for the youth of the area. When Swisher came to the club, there were approximately 30 members daily at one club. Today, the Boys & Girls Club of Anderson County is composed of four4 clubs, serving nearly 300 kids daily.

Swisher is not only the current Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Anderson County but also a shareholder in Swisher Enterprises. Swisher Enterprises has farming interests in Anderson County, Tennessee and Arcadia, Florida.

A Conservative Republican, Michael is a Pro Life Christian and a Member of Main Street Baptist Church in Lake City where he is a Deacon and active in Church Ministry. Swisher explained his reasons for seeking office.

“I have the conviction as a Christian, to step out and fight for our communities, our state, and our country. The time of trying to maintain and not lose, is not effective with the changes our kids, our people, our schools, our communities, our farmers are facing. I want to step out and seek God to use me to change the direction our state and our country is heading. Our education system needs to teach our kids core subjects and leave personal beliefs to the family. Our police force needs to be supported and respected. Our military needs to be given the best we have to offer in health care, emotional support, and education for their service to our country. I would deeply appreciate your vote on August 7

Swisher grew up in and still lives in Lake City with his wife of 21 years Nikki Swisher who is an elementary school teacher at Norris Elementary School. They have three children Millie Anne 13, Nina Kate 11, and Kinlee Jo aged 11.

The Republican Primary is Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, with the General Election to be held Tuesday Nov. 8, 2022.