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Jankowich for Wilson County Commission
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

John N. Jankowich formally announces his candidacy for election to the Wilson County Commission, District 22.

I have lived in Wilson county for the last 10 years.  I am a retail buyer for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc., headquartered in Lebanon.  My wife Audrey and I have been married for 25 years, and we have 2 daughters, Katherine and Elizabeth.  Katherine will be a junior this Fall at Tennessee Tech University, and Elizabeth will be a sophomore at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  We are members of Providence United Methodist Church, and I currently serve on the church’s finance committee.  I graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Telecommunications, in 1988.

Our county’s population has grown by over 54,000 people in the last 23 years, and all reasonable census estimates show an even faster rate of growth for the county in the next 20 years.  In the next 4 years, we will be making critical decisions in regards to education, transportation infrastructure, public safety, economic development and community services, all as a direct result of the growth we are experiencing.  At this important time, we need new leadership and vision, that can help the county make decisions based upon sound fiscal, long term focused principals.

The investments we make in public education, and the opportunities our school system provides to our children is nothing less than a sacred trust.  Once elected, it will be my top priority as a commissioner to make sure our school system is constantly striving to be ranked among the best in the country.  Our investments should make this type of goal achievable, while always maintaining a focus on the future impacts of our decisions.  

The reality of our current situation is that every action we take in regards to infrastructure, economic development, and public safety will have tremendous impact upon our citizens quality of life in 5 to 10 years, as our population continues to grow exponentially.  I believe that my professional business experience as a retail executive for the past 25 years allows me to bring a skill set and mindset to the commission that is truly needed today.  It isn’t enough to simply deal with problems or opportunities as they exist today.  We needs leaders who can make decisions on policy and investment that can look at analyze what impacts they might have on our citizens in the near term and longer term future.  

On August 7, the voters of District 22 can make a choice.  They can choose 4 more years of the same governance they have seen previously,  or they can choose to make a change.  They can ask for fresh ideas, a new voice, professional business minded fiscally responsible thinking, and a long term focus.  My candidacy for county commission offers that chance for a change and a new voice.  I am asking the residents of District 22 to be bold, and vote for a new voice in local government on August 7, vote John Jankowich for County Commission.