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. firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-370-3075 (home)
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. My top priority will be to ensure that our highly rated county public education system works toward continued improvement. 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 stable. 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 granddaughter will begin attending school in a few years. I will work to ensure that the schools she attends will be even better than the ones her father 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 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 deall with traffic and growth issues. I have the experience and the relationships established to begin working on traffic concerns from the first day on the job. My ability to contact TDOT Commissioner Schroer to discuss local issues is a real plus for our area. He recently told me that the much awaited Concord Rd at I-65 S. exit ramp improvements contract bid was opened earlier in April. Construction will start this summer. This is an important safety issue for Brentwood and Williamson County residents that use that exit each afternoon.
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 support the sheriff and his needs for criminal detention.