Longtime nonprofit leader Susan Hughes has been appointed the new Blount County Administrator of Elections.

Most recently the faith relations director and volunteer coordinator for Blount County Habitat for Humanity, Hughes’ first day was Monday. She replaces Libby Breeding, who retired Feb. 1. 

”I’m excited about a new challenge in my life and meeting new people,” Hughes said. 

Hughes, whose history is working with nonprofits, is looking forward to learning something new, she said.

”She was a unanimous choice,” Election Commission Member Larry Garner said. “She seemed very energetic. We are just excited to have her onboard.”

Appointed in 2006 to replace former Administrator of Elections Becky Bradshaw, Breeding had experience working at precincts during elections and had served on the absentee counting board.  

The salary requested for administrator of elections position in fiscal year 2015-16 budget is $73,038. 

Hughes has been a longtime worker with Blount County Habitat for Humanity. Prior to becoming the nonprofit organization’s faith relations director, she served as development director from 2009-2012.

Hughes was also one of the leaders in the initial volunteer effort to establish Family Promise of Blount County, an interfaith, nonprofit network of local congregations and hundreds of volunteers who work together to provide shelter, meals, and support services to help homeless families.

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