Williamson County General Election

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Early voting for the County General Election (and State Primaries) begins on July 13! Early voting is open to any registered voter in the county. Any registered voter may vote at any one of the six (6) early voting sites within the county regardless of their Election Day precinct. Early voting is open July 13 to 28. Election Day is August 2.

Tennessee has nonpartisan voter registration. There is no option to affiliate with a political party on the voter registration form. Voters do not declare affiliation with a party in order to vote in primary elections, but they must choose one party’s ballot, i.e., you may choose either the Republican or Democratic ballot for the State Primaries. ALL of the County candidates will be on both the Republican and Democratic State Primary ballots whether candidates are Republicans, Democrats, or Non-Partisan (e.g., School Board). You may vote for any candidate in the County General Election regardless of political affiliation.

Search for your County District here.  Your ballot will include ONLY your district, i.e., if you live in District 10, you will see three County Commission candidates and two Williamson County School Board candidates on the ballot. You may vote for two County Commission candidates. The top two from each of the twelve districts will win seats on the commission.

Sample Ballot Republican State Primary and County General Election

Sample Ballot Democratic State Primary and County General Election

 

Williamson County School Board (vote for one)

District 2 – unchallenged seat, incumbent Dan Cash will remain on the WCSB

District 4

District 6 – unchallenged seat, incumbent Jay Galbreath will remain on the WCSB

District 7 – unchallenged seat, incumbent Sheila Cleveland will remain on the WCSB

District 8 – unchallenged seat, incumbent Candy Emerson will remain on the WCSB

District 10

District 12 – unchallenged seat, incumbent Nancy Garrett will remain on the WCSB

 

County Commission (vote for two)

For more information on what County Commissioners do, see Williamson County Primaries.

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District 1 (WAKM-Williamson Herald Meet the Candidates video)

  • **Incumbent Dwight “Bubba” Jones (www.facebook.com/Districtonecountycommissioner/)
    • Voted against Anne McGraw for interim D4 WCSB, September 2015
    • Voted for Nancy Garrett for interim D12 WCSB, November 2016
    • Voted for Bobby Hullett for interim D7 CC, February 2017
    • “The biggest challenge will continue to be school growth. We need to continue to stress to the state we need adequate funding.” – March 2018
  • **Incumbent Ricky D. Jones (www.facebook.com/rdjones1972/)
    • Teacher at Fairview High School
    • Voted against Anne McGraw for interim D4 WCSB, September 2015
    • Voted for Nancy Garrett for interim D12 WCSB, November 2016
    • Voted for Bobby Hullett for interim D7 CC, February 2017
    • “Maintain the quality of our schools and work with our state representatives to see if Williamson County can get more funding for much needed road construction and capital projects for our schools.” – March 2018
  • **Kreis White (www.facebook.com/White4WilCo/)
    • “We must maintain successes of public schools system-wide while enhancing resources in remote corners of the county. An educated workforce benefits all of us.” – March 2018
    • “The county’s crown jewel is its school system. Parents come in droves, knowing that public education here is top notch. Colleges and employers clamor for our grads. Still, Fairview and neighboring District One towns do not fully share the benefits of this public system. As commissioner, I will work to remedy this trend.” – April 2018

District 2 (WAKM-Williamson Herald Meet the Candidates video)

  • Lori Clemons (www.facebook.com/LoriRClemons/)
    • “Because it’s vital to reduce class size by hiring more teachers and to equip every school with necessary resources to ensure every student succeeds, my top priorities are to listen to Williamson County residents and work with the board and the community on urging the state legislature to increase funds for education.” – March 2018
  • **Incumbent Judy Lynch Herbert
    • Voted for the property tax change and the county budget, July 2016
    • Voted for Anne McGraw for interim D4 WCSB, September 2015
    • Voted for Nancy Garrett for interim D12 WCSB, November 2016
    • Voted for Bobby Hullett for interim D7 CC, February 2017
    • “The biggest challenge is funding the schools and all of the other county services.  There is no easy solution to this challenge.  We have to work year to year to avoid continually raising property taxes by cutting any unnecessary spending and finding new sources of revenue such as the new school impact fee that we passed this year.” – March 2018
  • **Incumbent Betsy Hester (www.facebook.com/Betsy-Hester-for-County-Commissioner-634540486599313/)
    • Voted for the property tax change and the county budget, July 2016
    • Thinks County Commissioners should NOT have line item veto power over the WCS budget
    • Voted for Nancy Garrett for interim D12 WCSB, November 2016
    • Voted for Anne McGraw for interim D4 WCSB, September 2015
    • Voted for Bobby Hullett for interim D7 CC, February 2017
    • “We have about 1,200 additional students in our district enrollment. To accommodate them, we must place a great deal of importance on education. We are in a global economy and for our local students to complete globally, we must allow them our best efforts in education.” – March 2018
District 4 (WAKM-Williamson Herald Meet the Candidates video)
  • **Incumbent Gregg Lawrence (www.facebook.com/gregglawrencewcc/)
    • Voted against the property tax change and the county budget, July 2016
    • Received campaign contributions from donors who funded the 2016 slate of Tea Party/912-endorsed WCSB candidates and former WCSB members Susan Curlee and Beth Burgos in 2014
    • Thinks County Commissioners SHOULD have line item veto power over the WCS budget
    • Voted against Anne McGraw for interim D4 WCSB, September 2015
    • Voted against Nancy Garrett for interim D12 WCSB, November 2016
    • Voted against Bobby Hullett for interim D7 CC, February 2017
  • **Williamson County School Board Member Anne McGraw (www.facebook.com/Vote4AnneMcGraw/)
    • Williamson County School Board Member since September 2015
    • Two daughters in WCS
    • “Adequate funding for our public schools and services, both short and long term. my primary goal is to ensure we stop pinching pennies in the short term just to suffer the consequences down the line. Our schools, for one, cannot sustain this continued lack of budget support due to insufficient revenue generation.”  – March 2018
  • Chad Story (www.facebook.com/VoteChadStory/)
    • Received campaign contributions from donors who funded the 2016 slate of Tea Party/912-endorsed WCSB candidates and former WCSB members Susan Curlee and Beth Burgos in 2014
    • Thinks County Commissioners SHOULD have line item veto power over the WCS budget
    • Ensuring that our schools needs are funded. Around 3/4 of the county budget is allocated to our school system.  With the local option sales tax now passed, this helps with ongoing capital project costs.  We need to resolve the issue of the lawsuit brought by homebuilders challenging impact fees passed last year, which also pays toward projected capital costs.  Builders are marketing and selling homes based on our schools and location, which are adding to the growth issues we are experiencing. We need to work with developers, our school board, our city Aldermen and county commission to base additional residential development on current/projected school capacity and infrastructure needs.” – March 2018
District 5 (WAKM-Williamson Herald Meet the Candidates video)
  • **Incumbent Tommy Little
    • Voted for the property tax change and the county budget, July 2016
    • Voted for Anne McGraw for interim D4 WCSB, September 2015
    • Voted for Nancy Garrett for interim D12 WCSB, November 2016
    • Voted for Bobby Hullett for interim D7 CC, February 2017
    • “Schools are always a top priority, along with public safety (emergency management/law enforcement) and traffic. Our budget is the biggest challenge. Capital projects, new schools, courtrooms, juvenile services and roads are all putting pressure on our budget. The recently enacted education impact fees and sales tax are a start, and I want to continue to work with the county mayor and the commission on finding solutions.” – April 2018
  • **Incumbent Beth Lothers
    • ” We don’t solve growth. We solve problems associated with growth. The sales tax referendum was reflective of county residents’ commitment to quality schools.” – April 2018
  • Craig Zimberg (www.votezimberg.com/)
    • Two children in WCS
    • “Financial planning for schools — Williamson County schools can only deliver a high-quality education in the future through proactive preparation for growth.
       School safety — The government has no greater responsibility than protecting children. We cannot be lulled into a false sense of security by the county’s low violent crime incident rate.” – March 2018
District 6 (WAKM-Williamson Herald Meet the Candidates video)
  • Brigid Day (www.facebook.com/VoteBrigidDay/)
    • Two children in WCS
    • Day said her main focus, if elected to the county commission, is on fully funding Williamson County schools. “My number one priority is to make sure we are providing the best education possible to the next generation of citizens. I believe our amazing quality of life comes with the responsibility to meet the needs of educating all children. As the county grows, there must also be an increase in funding.” – January 2018
  • Jason Grant (www.facebook.com/votejasongrant/)
    • Attended Scales Elementary, Brentwood Middle and graduated from Brentwood High School in 1994
    • WCS parent, three daughters and one son
  • Ginny Kvochak (www.facebook.com/VoteGinnyKvochak/)
  • Erin Nations (www.facebook.com/ElectErinNations/)
    • Husband SRO at Lipscomb Elementary
    • Two children in WCS
    • “My husband and I were both blessed with a Williamson County Schools public education.  Our children are WCS students.  We are actively involved in our kids’ schools and we see the wonderful job our teachers and administrators do each day.  It is my top priority to provide the funding necessary to allow our schools to maintain their history of excellence. As a mom, I don’t want our kids in over-crowded schools and classrooms.  As a fiscal conservative, I don’t want my taxes skyrocketing to pay for all of this growth.” – March 2018
  • **Incumbent Paul L. Webb (www.facebook.com/votepaulwebb/)
    • Voted for the property tax change and the county budget, July 2016
    • Voted for Anne McGraw for interim D4 WCSB, September 2015
    • Voted for Nancy Garrett for interim D12 WCSB, November 2016
    • Voted for Bobby Hullett for interim D7 CC, February 2017
    • “With my financial and management background I will work on the issues of growth in our county and how we manage it with our public schools being the main priority.” – March 2018
    • “I encourage cities to contribute to transportation and infrastructure needs of the school district. Cities have the obligation to help with infrastructure. Schools contribute to the community’s livability. Schools drive property values up and in turn increase property tax values and eventually revenue in cities.” – January 2016
    • “Maybe we don’t need all the bells and whistles now. Maybe we can add those on. Maybe we can do like people used to do and we build the building and we let the parents or the band boosters contribute. That’s what we did when I grew up. Maybe we can do that again. Heck, we did that with my kids at the Brentwood Civitan.” – October 2016
    • “Webb stressed the importance of education in Williamson County, and even said that he would pay a higher property tax if it helped the school district maintain its quality education. ‘We have to [find a way to] raise revenue. A long time ago, we decided to make education a priority and become leader in Tennessee.’ He emphasized that businesses and families move to Williamson County for education.” – March 2017
    • “We have a revenue shortage, but everyone comes here because Williamson has a great product. You can raise the fees to have it. But when you skimp on it, that’s when the product fails. I feel confident we are going to find it.” – April 2017
    • “We have to pay for it, and we have to have 13 votes [out of 24 County Commissioners]. And we can’t snap our fingers and do it. There’s a process. I am going to support the schools. My granddaughters are coming through. I am going to support it when we figure out the funding. We can’t just say go build it and bankrupt the county. We have to figure out how to do it, and we can’t change the property tax rate in the middle of the year.” – April 2017
District 7 (WAKM-Williamson Herald Meet the Candidates video)
  • **Incumbent Bert Chalfant (www.facebook.com/BHCWilco7/)
    • Voted for the property tax change and the county budget, July 2016
    • Thinks County Commissioners should NOT have line item veto power over the WCS budget
    • Voted for Anne McGraw for interim D4 WCSB, September 2015
    • Voted for Nancy Garrett for interim D12 WCSB, November 2016
    • Voted for Bobby Hullett for interim D7 CC, February 2017
    • ” I have served on the Commission Education Committee several times and strongly support our school system. I worked to expand Brentwood High School, especially the new Performing Arts Center and new artificial turf for the stadium for football and soccer, and the parking expansion and access are almost completed. I worked with former Commissioner Tom Bain to fund the current $18 million expansion for Brentwood High School and Brentwood Middle School to include the new “Stem” (science and math building which is under construction).” – April 2018
  • Sara Bowman Melamed (www.facebook.com/sara.melamed.TN/)
    • One son in WCS, one will be
    • “For the last four years, I’ve been very actively involved in watching what the school board does and communicating with members about the direction we’re taking.” She said while the property and sales tax revenue are the primary revenue sources for the county’s budget, other potential sources should be re-evaluated. – February 2018
  • Jatin A. Shah (www.facebook.com/JatinAShahforCommissioner/)
    • Two sons in WCS
    • “I think everyone’s moved here for the same purpose, to enjoy the great public schools we have, and this wonderful community atmosphere, no matter what part you live in. With all the abundant growth going on, we need to make sure we’re properly structuring all the build out, funding schools properly (and) making sure all the other aspects of county operations are not also adversely affected.” – February 2018
    • “Our biggest challenge is funding our growing school population. It’s been a point of contention for some time. I’m open to ideas on how to fund this, but these alternative methods should be pragmatic and thought through. Otherwise, we’re simply debating these issues for political reasons as the problems start to pile on top of each other. It’s time we were decisive and solve this problem once and for all.” – April 2018
  • **Tom Tunnicliffe (www.facebook.com/tomt4cc/)
    • Two children in WCS
    • “Properly funding education. I met with local leaders from Charles Sargent to local tax payers, and we met for several hours to discuss funding options. The best choice was the sales tax referendum that passed overwhelmingly this winter. We discussed several ways to raise funds and several cuts, we even discussed funding 10 years of growth. We left no stone unturned, in my opinion. I don’t believe anyone has the perfect solution for properly funding schools currently. I am working on it daily. ” – April 2018
District 8 (WAKM-Williamson Herald Meet the Candidates video)
  • **Jerry W. Rainey
  • **Incumbent Barb Sturgeon (www.facebook.com/votesturgeon/)
    • Took a gun into a school-owned property during a WCSB meeting and was arrested in November 2014, later sued Williamson County Schools
    • Children attend private Catholic school in Nashville
    • Voted against the property tax change and the county budget, July 2016
    • Received campaign contributions from donors who funded the 2016 slate of Tea Party/912-endorsed WCSB candidates and former WCSB members Susan Curlee and Beth Burgos in 2014
    • Thinks County Commissioners SHOULD have line item veto power over the WCS budget
    • Voted against Anne McGraw for interim D4 WCSB, September 2015
    • Voted against Nancy Garrett for interim D12 WCSB, November 2016
    • Voted against Bobby Hullett for interim D7 CC, February 2017
    • Voted against Eric Welch for interim D10 WCSB, September 2017
    • “One more child per class is not a big price to pay. Maybe we could avoid building a school for a year.” – April 2015
    • “We must continue to investigate alternative sources of funding.” – April 2018
    • ” Williamson County is supporting the education of a high percentage of special needs children. Our excellent reputation in providing for special needs has drawn a large number of families with special needs children to live here for these services. Where the operating cost per student is about $9000/yr a special needs child can be 10 times this amount. The BEP formula does not recognize this fact nor take any measures in funding these needs.” – April 2018
  • Kenneth Townsend (www.facebook.com/GoVoteTownsend/)
    • Two daughters in WCS
    • “Fully funding Wilco public schools, from all revenue sources permitted under the state constitution and law. There is no waste in Wilco’s underfunded school system. Fully funding our public schools is necessary. The sales tax hike only pays down Wilco’s $570 million debt service. Property taxes must be increased by a modest amount, while keeping open such options as selling surplus county property and encouraging public-private partnerships.” – April 2018 
District 10 (WAKM-Williamson Herald Meet the Candidates video)
  • **Incumbent Robbie Beal (www.facebook.com/RobbieBealforCountyCommission/)
    • One son in WCS
    • Thinks County Commissioners should NOT have line item veto power over the WCS budget
    • “It’s just as important to maintain our existing schools as it is to build new ones.” – April 2018
      • Voted to renovate older facilities
      • Approved additional funding to update sporting facilities and expand computer technology labs
  • **Incumbent David Landrum (www.facebook.com/DavidLandrumforCommissioner/)
    • Voted for the property tax change and the county budget, July 2016
    • Voted for Nancy Garrett for interim D12 WCSB, November 2016
    • Voted for Bobby Hullett for interim D7 CC, February 2017
  • Michael I. Miga (www.facebook.com/VoteMikeMiga/)
    • Professor of biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University
    • Wife a teacher at Centennial High School
    • Four children in public schools
    • “We need to put some money into the public education system to let our kids compete globally. As things go forward with engineering and technology, we need to think about the way we do our educational system. That’s not going to happen without serious support of public education.” – February 2018
District 11 (WAKM-Williamson Herald Meet the Candidates video)

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County Commission candidate profile links from here.

 

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