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Wilson County General Election
A Special Section of The Lebanon Democrat and Mt. Juliet News
We hope you enjoy getting to know the majority of candidates seeking election to respective public offices in Wilson County in the Nov. 6 general election. Our goal with the “Voter’s Guide” is to allow voters to see how each candidate replied to the same question related to the office he or she seeks to occupy. We want to offer voters a chance to read a direct comparison between the candidates. Granted, 200 words is not a lot of space, but it does give voters the opportunity to see how well the candidates can express his or her thoughts, ideas and goals in the fewest words possible. Not everyone chose to respond, and the reasons why are as varied as the candidates themselves. However, those who happen to see one of the candidates who didn’t participate, ask him or her the question for his or her race and find out what they say. Throughout both the primary and general election season, we have tried to provide voters with as much information as possible about the candidates. We have held forums and debates for each local race with one remaining. The Mt. Juliet News will play host to a forum Monday at 6 p.m. at Mt. Juliet City Hall. We urge each and every voter to become informed about the issues facing our county, state and nation before heading to the polls either now until Nov. 1 or on Election Day on Nov. 6. Being informed helps to hold those who are elected accountable once he or she takes office, which is supposed to be our job as citizens – to hold public officers accountable and responsible. Anyone with thoughts or questions about
election coverage may contact me at 615-4443952, ext. 13 or jfelkins@lebanondemocrat. com Best Regards, Jared Felkins, Director of Content
The Right Choice for Lebanon
Philip Craighead, 57
for City of Lebanon Mayor 413 Oil Springs, Lebanon
Family: Wife Darlene; Son Zach; Daughter Carissa; Grandchildren - Madison, Xavier, Miles; Parents - Billy and Marie Craighead; Sister - Phyllis Political experience: Mayor - City of Lebanon; Four Years as Mayor What makes me the best candidate for the office of Mayor: Life will always afford a person opportunities where they are able to build relationships; where they are able to learn lessons, which will prepare them for their next steps in life; and give someone the ability to serve their community, their friends and those they have yet to meet. Due to one of the worst economies this nation has seen in decades, tough decisions had to be made to insure Lebanon’s financial future during the past four years. Being able to draw from my past relationships and business experiences, has aided me in leading our city. To think outside the norm to gain results and accomplish goals, has been a trademark of this administration. To maintain the same or better services, with less, is due to the ability to look at problems in a different light. For more details, please join us at my website (www. CraigheadforMayor.com). As the economy improves, we need to be prepared to move forward with plans to improve Lebanon. My support of local businesses and developers has already resulted in many jobs. I enjoy my role as mayor and I know I’m the Right Choice for Lebanon Today.
Let’s Build Something Special!
• • • • By Supporting Multi-Purpose Event Center Revitalize our City Square Expansion of Trails & Parks Start a Recycle Program
4 YEARS OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS on a TIGHTLY CONTROLLED BUDGET during the worst economy in decades AGGRESSIVE JOBS RECRUITER TIGHT BUDGET CONTROL IMMEDIATE FLOOD RESPONSE MAY 2010 LEADERSHIP THROUGH COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT SECURED OVER $4 MILLION IN ASSETS FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE EQUIPMENT, AT NO COST TO THE CITY More info at www.CraigheadforMayor.com
• Pennies for Progress (sales tax referendum) 1) Address Flooding Issues 2) Repair Streets & Sidewalks
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Robert J. “Bob” O’Brien, 67
for City of Lebanon Mayor 115 Geers Drive, Lebanon, TN 37087
Richard Moses, 37
for County Commission District 2 1706 Cape York Ct. (Willoughby Station subdivision) Family: Married, two teenage children, two rescued Dachshunds Occupation/Employer: Network Engineer with consulting firm in Brentwood Political Experience: Never held political office. Ran for City Commissioner in 2010. What makes you the best candidate for the office for which you are seeking? I believe that the upcoming election is one of the most important ones in our lifetime, from the federal all the way down to our local levels of government. Wilson County is also at a crossroads in terms of future growth and progress. As Commissioner, I believe I will be able to use my strong conservative values to bring a common sense approach to the needs of both my district and the county as a whole. I will bring a sense of teamwork and unity to the Commission in working to find the solutions that will allow us to continue to grow and prosper as a community while providing the groundwork for a strong future. I will also be able to utilize my experience as a consultant to be able to bring different people and mindsets together and find common solutions that will help the county as a whole.
Family: Wife: Patricia (just celebrated our 48th anniversary); two daughters, both married, Ann Marie and Kelly; four grandchildren: Alison, A J, Emma, Madison; Aunt Florence Kenney; our Boston Terrier, Becca Occupation/Employer: Retired after 45-plus years as business executive; Instructor of Economics at Cumberland University and Nashville State Community College. Political Experience: Four years as a Township Trustee (City Council member); Chairman, Zoning Board of Appeals, Chairman, Planning Commission. What makes you the best candidate for the office for which you are seeking? With 45 years of proven business experience and education, I can lead Lebanon into its next chapter because I have the fortitude and proven management skills that include: leadership, a proven ability to build focused management teams, fiscal discipline and a willingness to listen. I have another unique qualification. Seven years ago, my wife and I made a very conscious decision to move back to Lebanon to live out our lives. Before then, I had the benefit of having lived in many different communities throughout America. As a result, I have encountered many different viewpoints on many topics, which has created in me a true “open mind” to new ideas. Most importantly, however, my experiences have given me the ability to see all sides of an issue before making a decision. In addition, I have no ties to any special interest groups that might exist in Lebanon. I can remain impartial and be guided only by what is in the best interest of you, the citizens of Lebanon. The mayor is the position that provides the leadership and consensus building to move a city forward. I am the best candidate for Mayor of Lebanon because I have these demonstrated abilities.
Lanny Clay Jewell, 50
For Lebanon Alderman Ward 1 229 West Forrest Ave. Family: Son of Bobby and Sammie Jewell. Single with no children of my own, but devoted uncle to four beautiful nieces, one adorable great-niece and one great-nephew. Occupation: Owner of Jewell Signs. I have owned and operated my business since 1989, but it has been a family business, started by my father, in the early 60s. Political experience: I have attended the city council meetings for years. I have been active in helping past Ward 1 council members when they were seeking office. I was appointed to the sign ordinance committee to help tailor a new sign ordinance for Lebanon. I have always had a natural interest in city government since my dad served 12 years as Ward 1 Councilman and 1 term as City Mayor. What makes you the best candidate for the office for which you are seeking? As a lifelong resident of Ward 1, I have a vested interest in the decisions that the City Council makes and how they affect us. I have shared many hours discussing with our past councilmen, many events and problems as they have occurred over the years. I have admired their devotion and dedication to this great city. Now I feel that it is the time for me to step up to the plate and carry on and strive to fill their big shoes as diligently as they have. My goal is to make our Ward the best that it can be for those of us who call it home. As I have said through my campaign, I was born here, I live here, and I work here and they can always count on me to be here for them. I believe that this city deserves an open minded representative who will use good common sense when making decisions that affect all our day-to-day lives. I want the citizens of Ward 1 to believe in an open and honest government and I will take that stand for them.
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Jonathan Brydalski, 44
Michael Gallion, 30
for Commissioner - District 1 - Mt. Juliet 1030 Stonehollow Way, Mt. Juliet Family: I am a Christian man married for the last 19 years to my beautiful wife Leigh. We have two daughters, Casey and Julia who both attend Mt. Juliet High School. Occupation/Employer: VF Imagewear-Nashville Political Experience: I have not held an elected public office before though previously I have been Chairman of the Mt. Juliet Traffic Committee, Beer Board, and currently serve on the Ethics Committee. What makes you the best candidate for the office for which you are seeking? I feel I am the best candidate for the position of Commissioner in District 1 because I am not a career politician. I am a businessman without baggage from previous campaigns. I bring honest, professional, conservative values and strong business experiences. I know what it takes to work together as a team to achieve a common goal. Now more than ever we need a cohesive working government between Mt. Juliet and Wilson County. As a conservative candidate I feel we should concentrate on saving our resources. Renew, reuse, recycle, and revive by developing our greenways, walking trails, sidewalks and recreational areas. Develop an infrastructure and eastern corridor that welcomes new businesses including possible manufacturing, career development centers, and post-secondary educational facilities. Thank you for your time, your support, and I appreciate your vote on Nov. 6.
for Commissioner - District 1 - Mt. Juliet 706 Whispering Breeze, Mt Juliet TN 37122 Family: Wife, Kelly; Son, Levi Occupation/Employer: Crawford & Company Political Experience: 2010 County Commissioner Candidate. Currently, Chairman of Mt. Juliet Beer Permit Board and Mt. Juliet Parks and Greenways Board. What makes you the best candidate for the office for which you are seeking? I am asking permission to represent the people of District 1 because I am dedicated to taking a proactive approach to our future; one that will include making tough decisions, and implementing a true vision for this city. I’ll work to ensure that our children, and their children, find Mt. Juliet never in decline, but always: in favor of a gracious God, focused on a community that supports families, encourages steady economic growth, demands competitive utility costs, promotes growing our parks department, and promises efficient taxes. I will lead by example. I will promote strong moral and ethical standards in our community, and will spend every moment concerned with the safety of our people. I have not spent my entire life here, but I am trying to raise my family here, and by the grace of the Almighty I pledge to try and make each day better than the last. I will seek the expertise of others when needed, and will commit to making this community one my son is proud of and one that you are proud of. I am interested in moving Mt. Juliet from a good city to a great city! I humbly ask for your vote.
Ray Justice, 50
Art Giles, 53
for Commissioner - District 1 - Mt. Juliet 251 Spring Hill Road Mt. Juliet Family: Wife and four kids at Home, Two young men grown and out of the house Occupation/Employer: DUI Officer/Wilson County Sheriff’s Department Political Experience: Eight years as city commissioner for the city of Mt. Juliet District 1; Chairman of Parks Board during Charlie Daniel’s Park expansion project; Chairman of the research and Development Committee for the community center project; Project Manager Community Center Construction committee; Board of Directors Mt. Juliet Little League Baseball and Softball 11 years ; President Mt. Juliet Little League Mt. Juliet Little League Baseball and Softball 2010 and 2011. What makes you the best candidate for the office for which you are seeking? Experience, Commitment, and Proven Conservative values. So much of history repeats itself as is happening in this next four years. Potentially package liquor will be an issue, infrastructure, growth, and development issues, fire department issues, etc. My prior experience, my proven track record, and my love for my community as a lifelong resident of District 1 should be considered when casting your vote. I would appreciate your vote. Thank you.
for Commissioner - District 3 - Mt. Juliet 1502 Post Oak Point, Mt. Juliet Family: Wife: Jill Giles Sons: Blake Giles and Joshua Giles Occupation/Employer: Owner of Commercial Insurance Agency: Art Giles & Associates, Inc. Political Experience: Mt. Juliet Regional Planning Commissioner for 8 years and the current City Commissioner District 3 What makes you the best candidate for the office for which you are seeking? As a Regional Planning Commissioner for 8 years I have planned and monitored the city’s explosive growth and understand the importance and complexity of “planned quality growth” which promotes continued success for businesses as well as increased property values for our home owners. As a City Commissioner I use Planning Commission knowledge for pertinent issues and continue to be a strong advocate that our city should always operate “within its means” by using increased sales tax revenues instead of any future property tax increases. I return emails, phone calls and listen to my constituents by voting respectfully. My City Government voting record includes Increased Public Safety/Fire Protection, Smaller Government, Improved Roads/Transportation as well as City Beautification and the Resolution Supporting Israel. I am a local business owner, Rotary Club Member, NRA Member, Local Church Member, FGBMFI Advisory Board Member and Former Little League Sponsor. With proven leadership, I will continue to address current and future issues and always listen and be responsive to my constituents. I truly appreciate your confidence and vote for Mt Juliet Commissioner District 3.
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NOVEMBER 6, 2012
You are hereby notified that a Federal & State General Election will be held in all voting precincts in Wilson County, Tennessee. Municipal Elections will also be held in the Cities of Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown. Only voters residing within these municipalities are eligible to vote in these elections. Property Owners with property registered in the City of Watertown are also eligible to vote in that city’s election. Voters who have moved outside any of the named municipalities are no longer eligible to vote in the city election.
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Robert J.Mayor of Lebanon Robert J.“Bob” Lebanon “Bob” O’Brien O’Brien The Next Mayor of The Next
I, Robert J. “Bob” O’Brien, I, Robert J. “Bob” O’Brien, candidate for mayor, make the candidate for mayor, make the following solemn pledge to to following solemn pledge you, the Citizens of Lebanon: you, the Citizens of Lebanon:
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• To nevernever knowingly blindside • To knowingly blindside the Citizens nor the City Council the Citizens nor the City Council • To jointly develop & & • To jointly develop implement with with City implement the the City Council and City City Managers Council and Managers a strategic plan plan with speciﬁc a strategic with speciﬁc objectives objectives ABSENTEE COUNTING BOARD- Wilson County Election Commission Office • To provide accurate & regular • To provide accurate & regular 203 East Main Street Lebanon, TN 37087 communications regarding our city’s nancial situation communications regarding our city’s ﬁﬁnancial situation If you have any questions about your voting location, please call the Election Commission Office to everyone to everyone at 444-0216. • To lead by example, starting with not ever taking city health • To lead by example, starting with not ever taking city health ATTENTION VOTERS Please be prepared to show proof of identification when you go to vote Tuesday, November 6, 2012. care insurance care insurance A voter must have a government issued photo ID. If no photo identification is provided, the voter will vote a provisional ballot and the voter will have until two business days after the election to reWith your I want to to start a new chapter Lebanon City With your help,help, I wantstart a new chapter in Lebanon City turn to the election commission office and show a valid photo I.D. or the ballot will be rejected. Forms of acceptable identification(even expired) include a Driverʼs License with your photo, Government, and I’m asking your vote. Government, and I’m asking forfor your vote. United States Passport, Department of Safety photo ID, Photo issued by the federal or state government, United States Military photo ID or Gun permit card with your photo. The voter can sign an oath stating he/she is indigent or have a religious objection to being photographed. Signed, Signed,
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Steve Jones, 62
Occupation: Real estate Broker Political experience: 24 years
for Lebanon Special School Board Member
James (Tom) Nix, 71
for City of Watertown Alderman 305 Cornwell Ave Watertown Family: Wife, Emily and daughter, Mary Elizabeth Occupation/Employer: Retired. Robertshaw Controls Political Experience: two terms as city council What makes you the best candidate for the office for which you are seeking? Watertown is my home town. I care about the people and business in the city. I have seen a lot of changes in the city since I have grown up here. Some are good and some are not. I would like to continue to serve the people of this city to help to see where the city goes in the future. I am always available to the people. I always keep an open mind on any idea that is put before the council.
What makes you the best candidate for the office for which you are seeking? The reason I am the best candidate - I have been on the school board for 24 years, I have seen the system double in size with kids and schools. I love the school system so much and its very evident that I do. This is a non paying position so I want to remain there to continue to help make our system grow and better educate our kids. We have a huge budget to manage yearly and I feel I have the experience to manage our monies as in the past with no tax increases. Being a board member is not to manage the day-to-day operation of the school system, our job is to implement policies, set budgets and make sure our schools follow all the guidelines set forth by the state. I am very familiar with this process and I know I can do the job without a doubt with my past exp. I want to continue to help make our system one of the best in the state and if re-elected I will do so . Please go vote for me and lets keep our school system on the road to the top. Why change we are growing strong.
Johnie Odell Payton, 62
1. You want to save money. 2. You need a new job. 3. You’ve outgrown your apartment. 4. Your looking for a new car. 5. You’re wandering what’s going on in your community. 6. You’re dying to know who won the game. 7. What’s for dinner? 8. You need something to talk about with your friends.
for Lebanon Special School Board Member 406 Leeville Pike, Lebanon Family: Lewis, Billy, Michael Payton – Brothers; Malik Payton – Nephew; Bryanna Payton, Natalie and Alena Voun – Nieces Occupation: Hostess, Retail Specialist, Skill Trainer; Cracker Barrel Restaurant, 2007 to Present, Lebanon; Retired Music Educator, 39 years, Lebanon Special School District; Murray County Schools, Mt. Pleasant, Tenn. Political Experience: President, three terms, Lebanon Education Association What makes you the best candidate for the office for which you are seeking? Society as a whole is changing and we’re experiencing that in our own community here in Lebanon. The dynamics of these changes are creating challenges for our students, teachers, and parents alike. Why am I running to become a member of the LSSD board? Because, I am passionate about one thing: Education is the single, most-valuable investment we can make in the lives of our young people and in our community. I am confident that I can bring key insight to the table drawing from my wealth of educational experience of nearly 40 years and from my own experiences as a parent to my nieces and nephew. My goal is to create an interactive partnership with students, teachers, parents and community leaders enabling the very best educational experience possible to help our students succeed. By visiting school classrooms and meeting with principals, teachers, educational assistants, students, parents, administration, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and custodians to exchange ideas, I will encourage the collaboration required to meet the ever-changing needs of our community’s educational system. We must never lose sight of the fact that our students are in classrooms each day learning to become the citizens and leaders we need them to be tomorrow.
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Jim Amero, 65
for City of Watertown Alderman 211 East Main Street, Watertown Family: significant other, Mary Craig Occupation/Employer: Antique dealer, owner of Jim’s Antiques. Political Experience: Served four years on Watertown City Council from 2000-04. What makes you the best candidate for the office for which you are seeking? I’m visible, reliable, experienced, accessible and not afraid to voice my opinion.
Brandy (Baird) Holcomb, 32
for Lebanon Alderman - Ward 2 721 E. Main Street Watertown Family: Married, one child Occupation/Employer: Teacher/Coach Wilson County Schools/Watertown HS Political Experience: none What makes you the best candidate for the office for which you are seeking? I believe that I would be the best candidate for Watertown City Council for several reasons. First, I am involved in many community functions and events. I have taught and coached athletics at the high school for eight years so I know the kids and their parents. I will try to use this position to promote the best educational opportunities possible in Watertown. Also, I bring Christian values with me and my decision making. I would like to be a positive influence in the community, while promoting and generating revenue in appropriate ways.
Annette Stafford, 55
for Lebanon Alderman - Ward 2 607 C.L. Manier St. Family: Randy Stafford, husband of 35 yrs. Two adult sons Jereme (Laura) Stafford, Christopher Stafford and one adult daughter, Ranesa (Trillo) Shipman. Eight “wonderful” grandchildren Jordan, Hailey, Jackson, Jaden Stafford, Cole and Kylie Stafford and Trinity and Trinea Shipman. Occupation/Employer: Full-time Realtor, affiliated with Cumberland Real Estate,LLC., Owner of Honeybee’s Design & Printing. Currently serving as the 20th District County Commissioner. Political Experience: First elected as a County Commissioner in 1998, Serves as Chair of Wilson County Education Committee Chairperson, Served on the Budget Committee for 4 yrs. Health & Welfare Committee and Recreation Committees. What makes you the best candidate for the office for which you are seeking?
I was asked by several people to run for this job. We, feel I am the best candidate for the job because I understand the needs of the people, and I can Identity with the needs of the community. I, give my all back to Ward 2 and the City of Lebanon. We have improvements to make, but we don’t want to give the impression that nothing is being done to improve our Ward. We as a community must challenge ourselves as well as the leadership to recruit more jobs and businesses to our ward as we have the interstate and Watertown exit access that is ideal for restaurants, hotels and retail centers. We need to review grant availability for program funds to support and educate our children. For example, we need to review the availability of more GED and trade programs as well as, establish a Boys and Girls Club in our community. We need to recruit companies that operate and support walk-in clinics for our children and the elderly in our Ward. We have building availability to support this project. As you can see here we have a lot of concerns and issues in Ward 2.None of these problems are simple or quick fixes, but they are concerns that need to be addressed. If elected as your city council representative, I give you my vow that I will address our concerns to the Mayor, the city council and the department heads of our city. I have vision, but I also understand that the government does not move fast. I also understand that a great majority of these requests will require money. As an elected official it is our responsibility to compromise and develop effective ways to allocate finances and how we plan to redistribute those monies back into our city. I understand that the challenges we face in our city and Ward 2 are difficult. I understand that we need to address why we are paying for city police to patrol our federal housing projects with city money and not federal money. I also understand that if council members are willing to expose issues from one ward to another that they should also be on the front lines to provide support to those wards to help resolve their concerns as the top priority. I understand that we will not all agree on every idea or issue. That’s ok. I value the ideas and diversities of all the people in our Lebanon community and respect any citizen willing to help. As property owner I value and appreciate the value the city’s budget. I ask for your support and for your vote for the Ward 2 City Council. The reason that I am asking for your vote is because a majority of my constituents do not feel as though we have had proficient leadership with city objectives and citizens concerns. I am not an opportunist. I am not doing this for myself. I would like to serve and represent my community as Ward 2’s city council representative. I need your help and vote for Annette Stafford through early voting between Oct 17th thru Nov. 1st or on election day Nov.6th.
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for City of Mt. Juliet Mayor The Villages of Mt. Juliet Family: I lost my 24-year-old daughter to cancer on Thanksgiving Day 2010. Political Experience: Currently serving as Mt. Juliet City Commissioner for 15 years and 7 months and as County Commissioner for 2 years and 1 month. What makes you the best candidate for the office for which you are seeking? What makes me the best candidate for Mt. Juliet Mayor is my common sense approach in voting as city commissioner. In serving as your public servant for 15 plus years, I have listened to the people. I ask a lot of questions and think things out. I am the one you see participating in numerous community events. I am the commissioner that started the Mt. Juliet Farmers Market five years ago; the only one on the city commission to vote no to the installation of the red light cameras. I am retired with 25 years dedicated service in State of Tennessee government and currently work with Wilson County School System. I love our community and plan to continue my efforts for a great place to live, work, play and retire. I will do my best to keep your tax dollars working and getting more services. I will continue to be an advocate for adoptions from our animal shelter and to promote our volunteer program for the animals. We need to help our community more through our grants program; a supporter of the Music City Train since day one and plan to continue; Note: train riders average 1,000 daily. I will continue my support for more walking / bike trails and recreation facilities for the families. Jim Bradshaw is asking for your vote for Mayor.
Jamie Luffman, 48
for City of Mt. Juliet Mayor 511 Summit Way, Mt. Juliet Family: Wife, Jill and son, Josh Occupation: Firefighter/EMT-IV Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Department EMT Summit Medical Center Political experience: First time opportunity in representative government What makes you the best candidate for the office for which you are seeking? My education, life experience, energy, and passion for the opportunity to serve the needs and wants of the citizens of Mt. Juliet. In my role as public servant, I am blessed with the chance to protect and provide for people in a “one on one” event. The position of Mayor for Mt. Juliet will provide me the chance to serve a larger number of friends and neighbors. I have plans to protect our citizens that are aggressive, affordable, and sustainable. I am exicited beyond words at the opportunity to work with Kenny Martin to provide for our community’s needs and wants with the goal of making Mt. Juliet a “leading edge” city. Needs and wants from all age groups and interests. Protection for our people against natural and man-made disasters, emergency medical issues, and undesirable elements of illicit sex and drugs that have made an approach. We have been so blessed in this area and there is a great need to nurture this growth and diligently plan for the growth to come. Mt. Juliet has been very good to my family, it is home, a crown jewel, and I want to contribute in a humble and gracious way. Thank you again for this chance, God bless this city with peace and safety.
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Ed Hagerty, 56
for City of Mt. Juliet Mayor 3700 Old Lebanon Dirt Rd., Mt. Juliet Family: Married for 31 years to Katrina, three daughters Kristina, Kacy, and Kelly, two grandchildren Eli and Kate, and another grandson due on November 1. Occupation/Employer: I am the operations manager at Dealers Warehouse Political Experience: I was first elected City Commissioner, District 3 in November 2000, was re-elected in 2004 and 2008, then in April 2010, became Mayor when the previous officeholder resigned. I was also elected to be the City Commission’s representative to the Planning Commission in November 2000 and continue to serve there today. What makes you the best candidate for the office for which you are seeking? In the late 90s, the City of Mt. Juliet was at a crossroads. Some thought the destiny of the city was to be a bedroom community of Nashville. Many of us thought the city could be more and become a true edge city of Nashville where folks could live, work, shop, play, and worship right here. I believe in that vision and am working to make it a reality. My legislative agenda and governing style since the year 2000 have been consistent. Through a decade of rapid growth for the City of Mt. Juliet, I have been a proponent of consistent, fair policy regarding growth, have held fast to a policy of low tax/low service government, and have determined to limit the activities of government, many of which should be done by the private sector. The City is facing a number of critical issues such as how best to fund fire, ambulance service, road and infrastructure projects and more. As a small businessman, I promise to always seek a business focused solution to issues in city government. For more information on specific issues, please see EdHagertyforMayor.com.
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10 • 2012 Wilson County Election
Unlike 2006, Corker faces easy road to election day
Richard Locker, The Associated Press
Jim Mills, 64
for Lebanon Alderman - Ward 6 110 Oak Hill Circle, Lebanon Family: Married – wife, Julie, daughter Amanda and son-in-law Baker, son Matt and twin 6 year old granddaughters Kylee and MacKenzie Occupation/Employer: Director Human Resources/University Medical Center Political Experience: Elected to two terms as City of Lebanon Alderman Ward 5 (1997 and 2001) What makes you the best candidate for the office for which you are seeking? I believe I am most qualified candidate for several reasons. I had the privilege to have held the Ward 5 Council seat for two terms, elected in 1997 and again in 2001. Working together along with my fellow Councilors, the Mayor, and department heads we were able to accomplish a great many positive things, operated with balance budgets, while moving Lebanon forward. In addition to offering a record of serving as a successful, fiscally conservative member of the Council, I also bring the experience and desire to develop a position working relation between the Council and the Administration to do what is in the best interest of moving Lebanon forward. I also bring a very strong business background having over 30 years in senior management positions with TRW, Cracker Barrel and University Medical Center. Lastly, I hold a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and am a Vietnam veteran. I am again asking the voters of Ward 5 to place their trust in me by electing me as their Councilor. I offer a proven and successful record having served Ward 5 and the City for eight years. I would again like to bring my experience, education, leadership skills, and a strong desire to move our City forward.
NASHVILLE — Six years ago, Republican Bob Corker was locked in a tight, heated race with Democrat Harold Ford Jr. for an open U.S. Senate seat from Tennessee. President Bush flew to Memphis to raise campaign money for Corker at the home of AutoZone founder J.R. “Pitt” Hyde. Corker recalled the day in a recent Nashville speech: “I went out to the airport and it was (the President) and Karl Rove and we got into this long black limo and we all knew I was going to lose the race. You talk about a depressing ride. “They had internal polling showing me down four points and we had internal polling showing us down four and I was embarrassed that here the President had come in on my behalf and I was probably going to be the guy who kept us from being in the majority. The worst day of my life, having to get up and speak in front of folks knowing that in all likelihood I was going to let everybody down. “We retooled and were able to win,” said Corker, who raised about $1 million on that Memphis day in 2006 and a month later defeated Ford by 2.7 percentage points. His point, he told Nashville business executives, is that political races like his and Ford’s, and President Obama and Mitt Romney’s, “are very fluid. When you look at the presidential race, it’s ... not a national race; it’s really about five or six statewide races. “ Corker, 60, is running for a second term, in an election that is anything but fluid. The Tennessee Democratic Party has disavowed its nominee, Mark Clayton of Nashville, due to his work with a national group opposed to same-gender marriage. There are Constitution and Green party nominees and five independents on the ballot but Corker is confident enough that he left Thursday for a week-long tour of the Middle East as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Unlike 2006, when he and Ford flooded the airwaves with campaign ads, barnstormed the state from dawn to dusk, holding rallies, shaking hands at college football stadiums and speaking in Sunday church services, Corker’s current campaign mostly resembles the regular visits he makes as senator to report on activities in Washington. Clayton, 36, called on Corker last week to debate but the senator has ignored him. In appearances, Corker gives what he says is his standard re-election talk with the following points: Regardless of the outcome of the Romney-Obama race, he believes there’s “enough common ground” among Democrats and Republicans in Congress that Washington will “go a long way” toward solving the nation’s fiscal problems over the next year and a half. “I am more optimistic than I have ever been that that’s going to occur. I really believe we are going to rise to the occasion.” He believes corporate America is waiting for evidence of problem-solving in Washington before beginning significant hiring. “They are trying to get every ounce of productivity out of the employees they now have and waive hiring until they see if we in Washington are going to deal with these problems.” The length and depth of the financial crisis has led many Americans to “self doubt” and to “internalize” the belief that their children won’t have the same opportunities they did, but he believes “the free enterprise system that we have allows people to earn success and pursue happiness more than any other system in the world.” Corker said he expects to be the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee after the election. He’s heavily critized the Obama administration for not telling Congress more about the threats and security concerns that preceded last month’s attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libyia that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. “I have said from day one that my service in the Senate was going to be my campaign and most all the things I’m doing are related to that,” he said. “We have some things that are happening right now (abroad). In spite of the fact that we have a big election in our country, the rest of the world does not stop. There are things I should and need to be doing right now in my Senate service.” Clayton said he’s mainly running for the Senate because “I think I can help people have better lives and help save people’s lives.” He said he wants to protect Social Security and Medicaid, promote policies to return manufacturing and boost agriculture — including tariffs against nations that don’t compete fairly — and promote a foreign policy that engages people abroad rather than confronts them.
Billy Weeks, 54
for Lebanon Alderman - Ward 6 222 Carver Lane, Lebanon Family: Two children, Terry and Brittany; one granddaughter, RayLeigh Occupation/Employer: Retired after 33 years in law enforcement; 31 years with the City of Lebanon Police Department, rose to position of Lebanon’s Public Safety Commissioner over Police, Fire and Public Safety departments. Political Experience: 31 years employment with the City of Lebanon, with 21 of those years responsible for formulating and managing a $10 million budget What makes you the best candidate for the office for which you are seeking? Since announcing my candidacy in May, I have brought attention to the issue of benefits for city council members, chronic flooding conditions, and the lack of handicap accessible sidewalks and crosswalks in Ward 5. In the past two months, actions have been taken on each of these issues by either city or state officials. Current city council members have publicly pledged to work to remove lifetime insurance benefits for retired city council members. The City Council approved $600,000 to work on remedial drainage and flooding issues throughout the city earlier this month. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is studying the lack of handicap accessible sidewalks and crosswalks on West Main Street from West Baddour Parkway to the Kroger shopping center. The simple acts of raising awareness and reaching out to other elected officials have resulted in working being started on your behalf. I believe I am the best candidate for the Ward 5 City Council seat because I care about Lebanon and its future. I am 100 percent dedicated to: improving our infrastructure, letting you define your own quality of life, and treating the Mayor and my fellow Council members with the respect and professionalism they deserve as elected representatives.
2012 Wilson County Election • 11
Robert “Tick” Bryan, 54
City of Lebanon Sales Tax Referendum
Shall Ordinance No. 12-4104, passed by the Lebanon City Council on the 7th day of August, 2012 and published in the Lebanon Democrat, a newspaper of general circulation in Wilson County, which levied an additional tax on the same priviledges subject to the Retailers’ Sales Tax Act under Chapter 6, Parts 1-5, Title 67, Tennessee Code Annotated, as the same may be amended, which are exercised within the City of Lebanon, to be levied and collected as provided in the Act at an amended rate of 2.75%, except as limited or modified by statute, become operative?
for Lebanon Alderman - Ward 6 244 West End Heights Family: Wife: Sandra., son: Steve, granddaughter: Harlynn. Occupation/Employer: Self employed property manager and real estate investor. Political Experience: Proud of the fact I have none. What makes you the best candidate for the office for which you are seeking? Based on what I and the citizens of Lebanon have witnessed over the last four years from some on our city council, the fact that I have no connection to any former or current city politics, councilman, councilwoman or any outside influences or lawsuits that have been the cause of embarrassment for our city and not moving our city forward. I will bring a much needed positive attitude to the council and try to influence the council to conduct the business of our city in a professional manner. I have lived in Lebanon my entire life and have lived in Ward 5 for most of my adult life. I know the needs of Ward 5 and will answer only to those who elect me.
Will you be for or against the City of Mt. Juliet Charter Amendment
Shall the Charter of the City of Mt. Juliet be amended to establish a process to allow the registered voters of the municipality to recall the holder of any elective office of the City of Mt. Juliet? The estimated cost for a recall election held pursuant to the proposed charter amendment is $500.
City of Mt. Juliet Liquor Amendment
Will you vote to permit or not permit retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages in the City of Mt. Juliet
Paid for by the Committee to Elect Tick Bryan. Bud Brandon, Treasurer.
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