I want to focus on the role of a Williamson County commissioner which is much different that a Brentwood City commissioner.  I encourage voters to contact me.   Get the facts on where I stand on the current issues facing our county.

 The three top issues that seem to concern most of the residents in the sixth district are:

#1     The top issue for the residents of the 6th district, and all of Williamson County, is the school system.  I am working with the Mayor, School Director and fellow commissioners to find additional funding for the schools.  I served on the Task Force the developed the Education Impact Fee.  This will generate funds from new residential developement to build schools.  A group residential home builders have filed a law suit to stop this new fee for the schools.   Isn't it ironic that the companies that benefit from the high real estate market in Williamson County do not want to help pay for one of the main assets of Williamson County, our superb public schools. Our schools are the marketing draw to Williamson County and this allows the builders/developers to reap the rewards.  I think they should embrace ways to support our growing community.

The passage of the increase in the sales tax will allow us to fund the capital projects for the schools.  In three years, one-half of the new sales increase will go directly to the schools to fund their day to day operations.

As Williamson County grows, we must continue to insist on excellence in our public schools.  Not only is our children's education vital to their success, but it also is an important economic issue to our county.  Our top rated public schools help, especially in Brentwood, keep our residential property values rising.  Our school system not only prepares students for the next level of education, but it also is a valuable incentive for new businesses looking to move into our area.  Companies want to move to communities that value the "quality of life" and our education system is at the top of the list.

My three sons are all graduates of the Williamson County school system.  My grandchildren will begin attending Williamson County schools  this fall.  I will work to ensure that the schools they attend in Brentwood and Thompsons Station will be even better than the ones their fathers and uncles attended in Brentwood.

#2  As a CPA with over 30 years experience in business and non-profit management, I have a conservative fiscal view of how the county spends the revenue received.  Williamson County does a very good job of stretching the income dollars to get the most effective results.   Williamson County has earned a AAA rating from multiple ratings agencies, an indication that outside financial experts see Williamson County as having an efficient and conservative spending policy.   It also means that any funds borrowed will have the lowest interest rates in the market.  I am very much aware that I am a trustee for the funds of every citizen in Williamson County.

#3  Traffic is an issue that we must continually work to make better.  I have served on local and regional boards that deal with traffic and growth issues.  I have the experience and the relationships to make sure that the voice is heard from Williamson County and from Brentwood regarding our roads and managing our traffic flow.

There are other issues that affect Williamson County but not all of them affect the 6th district. One that does affect us is law enforcement and the county jail.   We need strong law enforcement in the entire county.  We must make sure our county jail and detention facilities can hold the law breakers so they will not be let loose to commit more crime.   Brentwood does not have a jail so we need to do our part to maintain an adequate jail and detention facility.