I have been a resident of Mt. Juliet for 35 years, owned a small business in Mt. Juliet and have served the community in numerous way. I am now asking for your vote to elect me to the Mt. Juliet City Commission District 3 seat so that I can continue to help the people of Mt. Juliet as I have in the past, as well as new ways through a seat on the city commission.I am very dedicated to providing my leadership and making a difference in the community. I have worked in and for the community for years as a Board member for the Mt. Juliet Help Center, Mt. Juliet Senior Citizen’s Center, the West Wilson Basketball Association, and have been an active volunteer with all three. I spend my mornings collecting food from local stores and then delivering it to the Help Center, Senior Citizen’s Center, and the school system’s Backpack Program. I am the person who gets the call when donations are given to the Help Center that require someone picking up furniture or other large items and quite often delivers those items to a family in need as soon as they are picked up.
Lyn and I built a home in Mt. Juliet 35 years ago. We have one son, Chad, who was educated in the Wilson County School system and continues to live there. Lyn is a retired school teacher and administrator. I am retired after previously working for a financial institution for 26 years and previous Clerk and Master in Wilson County for six years.
If elected, I will not be a rubber stamp vote, and will be proactive in issues that face the city. One of the issues I want to support as City Commissioner is to strengthen involvement in youth programs through the Parks Department. I believe that the city does not need any more “mini parks” and I stand firmly in the belief that larger parks are the city’s best bet for parents and children to entertain themselves and enjoy what Mt. Juliet has to offer. Additionally, I believe the city should sell some of the land it currently owns such as the eight acres near Wal-Mart and use those funds to support new larger parks.
I would like to thank all of the people I have met over the last several weeks while knocking on doors. I hope to continue the tradition of speaking with the residents of the city with a once a month informal meeting to discuss city issues. I am easily accessible and this style of meeting will be more than just a discussion on government and will be a discussion on what the community needs in general.
I started my campaign with one goal in mind, to put together a team of dedicated citizens and reach out to every registered voter in District 3, and ask for their vote. As of Oct. 16, 98 percent of my goal has been met. We will not stop until my goal has been met. I firmly believe in governing that elected leaders should put “people before politics.” I am committed to doing that if elected.
Some people have asked me why I am seeking this position and it gets down to one thing – “I care.”