Williamson County General Election 2020

Early voting for the County General Election (and Federal/State Primaries) begins on Friday, July 17. 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 actual place of residence. Early voting is open July 17 to August 1. Election Day is August 6. 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 Federal/State Primaries. ALL of the County candidates will be on both the Republican and Democratic Federal/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 5, you will see three Williamson County School Board candidates on the ballot. Sample Ballot Republican Federal/State Primary and County General Election Sample Ballot Democratic Federal/State Primary and County General Election   Williamson County School Board (vote for one) – There are two contested WCSB seats up for election in Districts 3 and 5.   District 1 – unchallenged seat, incumbent Angela Durham will remain on the WCSB   District 3 is a geographically small district that primarily includes Spring Hill. Confirm your district by entering your address here. Williamson Home Page Candidate Profiles Tennessean Candidate Profiles 7/16 Candidate Forum   Incumbent Eliot Mitchell [email protected], (615) 336-2138 Facebook page...

The Registry Was Wrong: The Final Chapter

We wanted to update you on the Williamson Strong campaign finance case from a million years ago. (For those of you who are newer to the district, or newer to following Williamson Strong, read here for background.) More than five years ago, former Williamson County School Board member Susan Curlee (with support of Rep. Glen Casada and Franklin Alderman Bev Burger) filed a campaign finance complaint against us claiming we were an illegal PAC. It was ridiculous on its face; we neither raised nor donated money to candidates. Nevertheless, the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance fined us $5000 in May 2015. (Two of the five members present voted for a $20,000 fine.) We appealed the ruling, which means it went before a judge. Three years ago, after two years of puzzlingly aggressive prosecution by the state (including subpoenaing our employment records, fabricating charges of destroying records, etc.), the judge ruled that Williamson Strong “did not constitute a PAC” and dismissed the case.  As the judge said, Registry members Patricia Heim, Tom Lawless, Tom Morton, and Norma Lester acted against the law, against the counsel of their professional staff, and against 27 years of precedent and standards in this case. The judge said we were essentially a media organization and also that we simply did not meet the standards for a PAC at all. Earlier this year, the judge ruled that the state has to pay our attorneys $166,867.97 for defending us in this matter over five years. The judge cited guidance from the Tennessee Court of Appeals regarding attorneys fees, including that they are warranted “if the citation was not...

2018 District 4 School Board Race Takes a Partisan Turn

“I will represent at all times the entire school community and refuse to represent special interests or partisan politics.” – Article II, Section 2 of the WCSB Code of Ethics Compared to the hyper-partisan 2016 WCSB elections, the summer of 2018 was shaping up to be relatively free from partisan politicking for the non-partisan School Board. There are only two contested WCSB seats; five candidates filed, but only three have been campaigning actively. 912, the Williamson County Republican Party, and Republican Women of Williamson County have been silent so far. That changed for District 4 when former WCSB member Tim McLaughlin dropped out of the three-way race this month and endorsed Andy Voyles for the seat. McLaughlin is a 912er and serves on the board of the Franklin Clapham Group with chair Bev Burger, 2014 WCSB candidate Patsy Writesman, and 2014-18 Williamson County Commissioner Sherri Clark. The mission of the Franklin Clapham Group is to “promote the application of a Biblical worldview in all spheres of life, including but not limited to, self-conduct, family, church and civil government, using all means possible.” WCSB candidate Andy Voyles stated on 4/5 that he aims to “exclude partisan politics from the school board” but later asserted that he stands for “conservative, family centric values” (6/22). He supports Republican candidate Chad Story and incumbent Gregg Lawrence for District 4 County Commissioner. Voyles even listed his WCRP membership on a July campaign mailer. Voyles is co-hosting a reception/fundraiser with District 4 County Commissioner Gregg Lawrence, District 4 Republican County Commission candidate Chad Story, and State Rep. Glen Casada. In 2016, Rep. Glen Casada’s CAS PAC contributed $300 each to WCSB candidates Joey Czarneski...

2018 District 10 WCSB Candidates

District 10 is north of downtown Franklin and inside Mack Hatcher and includes Fieldstone Farms west of Hillsboro Road, Monticello, Founders Pointe, Carlisle, Spencer Hall, Clairemont, and Buckingham Park. If you vote at the Franklin Rec Center, Liberty Elementary, or Hunters Bend Elementary, you’re in District 10. Confirm your district by entering your address here. WAKM AM 950/Williamson Herald “Meet the Candidates” Video   Incumbent Eric Welch Facebook page Twitter Current school engagement: School volunteer in FSSD and WCS since 2005, former Centennial High School PTSO membership chair and board member, former Cougar Athletic Club member, Quarterback Club, Tournament Director (wrestling); father of two sons – one a CHS rising senior and one a CHS graduate and student at UT Professional: Director of client development for a market research company; US Army and National Guard veteran; B.S. in marketing from George Mason University History: Moved to Williamson County in 2005 Politics: District 10 WCSB member 2010-14 and interim appointee since September 2017, WCS Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center Advisory Board, TN School Board Association, WCSB Policy Committee, WCSB Teacher Leave Bank Committee Other groups and associations: Ladders to Hope, The Joseph School (Haiti), Josiah’s House (Dominican Republic), One Generation Away, member Grace Chapel Church; past coach for Franklin Cowboys, Williamson County Wrestling Club, Williamson County Soccer Association Endorsements: TN State Representatives Charles Sargent and Sam Whitson, TN State Senator Jim Bryson (past) D10 County Commissioners David Landrum, Robbie Beal, Travis Hawkins (past), and Matt Williams (past and incoming D9) Franklin Alderman Margaret Martin WCS Asst. Superintendent Dr. Donna Wright (past), WCS Asst. Principal Parker Altman (past) FSSD Board Members Tim Stillings, Dr. Alicia Barker, Allena Bell, Robert Blair, Robin Newman, and Kevin Townsel (endorsing as individuals and not board members)...

2018 District 4 WCSB Candidates

District 4 is east of Interstate 65 and includes Cool Springs as well as McKay’s Mill and the Clovercroft and Trinity areas. If you vote at Prairie Life, Millview Church of Christ or Franklin Christian, you’re in District 4. Confirm your district by entering your address here. WAKM AM 950/Williamson Herald “Meet the Candidates” Video   Brad Fiscus Facebook page: Liked by District 4 WCSB member Anne McGraw, District 11 WCSB member KC Haugh, District 12 WCSB member Nancy Garrett Website Current school engagement: Father of two Page High School students who previously attended Trinity Elementary and Page Middle Professional: Director of Next Gen Discipleship in the Tennessee conference of The United Methodist Church; former biology and physical science teacher, student council advisor, freshman football coach, and assistant wrestling coach at Overton High School in Nashville; bachelor’s degree and Secondary Education Certification from Indiana University-Bloomington History: Moved to the Nashville area in 1997 and relocated to Franklin in 1998 Politics: N/A Other groups and associations: Board of Directors for Project Transformation Tennessee Endorsements: Current District 4 WCSB member Anne McGraw Tennessean announcement “I’m running because as a parent of kids who’ve been through the system and a former teacher, I believe that it’s time for folks like me to become involved in public service. Whatever I can do to help our schools have the resources they need is what we all need to be about.” “This means that not only must we provide for their educational needs through having well-qualified teachers but we must also have adequate counselor staffing, school psychologists, behaviorists and others in place to address the behavioral health concerns of students.” July Tennessean article BUDGET: “We must work strategically with the County Commission, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen...

Williamson County General Election

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 Bradley Fiscus (www.facebook.com/bradfiscusD4WCS/) Former District 4 School Board Member Tim McLaughlin (withdrew from the race on 7/2, but his name will still appear on the ballot) Andrew Voyles...

Should the County Commission Be Allowed to Line Item Veto the WCS Budget?

The Williamson County Republican Party sent questionnaires (also here) to Republican County Commission candidates. The last question was directly related to WCS funding support. (Note that not all candidates submitted questionnaires, and some omitted the school funding question.) “Schools funding including interest payments on money borrowed to build new schools is close to 80% of the total County budget. Commissioners vote either to accept or reject the budget as presented, they have no control over how the money is spent. If the budget is rejected, they must negotiate with the Director of Public schools until they reach a resolution. Would you support a resolution to change current law to allow line item veto power to the County Commission when approving the School Budget?” The following Republican County Commission candidates and incumbents believe that County Commissioners SHOULD have line item veto power over the WCS budget: D4 Gregg Lawrence (incumbent) and Chad Story D5 Robert Verell D7 Jennifer Luteran and Christopher Richards D8 Barb Sturgeon (incumbent), Melissa Miles, and Jerry Rainey D9 Todd Kaestner (incumbent) and Robert Peterman D11 Brandon Ryan (incumbent)   Campaign contributions from Tea Party/912 supporters Williamson Business PAC Endorsements See our Republican Ballot article for links to candidates’ Facebook pages, profiles, and videos, as well as notes about school-related votes and quotes about candidates’ views on public education and its funding....

Selected 2018 County Primary Financial Contributions

In the 2016 WCSB election, there was a common group of donors who contributed to the slate of Tea Party/912-endorsed candidates. The same seven candidates were also endorsed by either the Williamson County Republican Party or the Republican Women of Williamson County. You’ll recall that all seven candidates lost. There have been no endorsements made for the county primaries except by the Williamson Business PAC, but we can look at the common donors to get an idea of which candidates fall in line with the Tea Party/912 fringe. In 2016, Cyndi and Tracy Miller contributed $3000 to six WCSB candidates, and brother Andy Miller contributed $1000 to Jennifer Luteran. In 2014 the Millers donated $1000 to Curlee and $500 each to Burgos and Emerson and hosted campaign kickoff parties for Curlee and Burgos. Stuart Anderson donated $500 each to four candidates and also to Jeremy Durham. William Morgan contributed $250 to all seven candidates in the Tea Party/912-endorsed cadre. Here’s the breakdown so far for the 2018 Republican primary. The Millers, Anderson, and Morgan have contributed to nine County Commission candidates and to Register of Deeds candidate Julie Hannah. D4 Gregg Lawrence (incumbent) and Chad Story In Q2 after the May primary, Stuart Anderson donated $1000 each to Lawrence and Story; William Morgan donated an additional $150 to Lawrence, and Franklin Alderman Bev Burger donated $150 to Lawrence as well. D6 Don Barnett D7 Jennifer Luteran and Christopher Richards D8 Barb Sturgeon (incumbent) D9 Todd Kaestner (incumbent) and Robert Peterman D12 Ned Williams You can see all of the candidates’ financial disclosures here. Franklin Alderman Bev Burger didn’t appear on...

Williamson County Republican Ballot

For more information on how the County Primaries work and what County Commissioners do, see Williamson County Primaries. 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 County Primaries. If you choose a Republican ballot, you will see the following options: County Mayor (vote for one) **Incumbent Rogers C. Anderson (www.facebook.com/reelectrogersanderson/) Kenneth Eaton (www.facebook.com/EatonforMayor/) Trustee (vote for one) Incumbent Karen Paris Sheriff (vote for one) **Incumbent Jeff Long (www.facebook.com/jefflongforsheriff/) Circuit Court Clerk (vote for one) Incumbent Debbie McMillan Barrett Juvenile Court Clerk (vote for one) **Incumbent Brenda F. Hyden (www.facebook.com/BrendaHydenJuvenileCourtClerk/) Bobby Plummer (www.facebook.com/Bobby-Plummer-for-Juvenile-Court-Clerk-412200139201996/) County Clerk (vote for one) **Incumbent Elaine H. Anderson (www.facebook.com/VoteElaineAnderson/) Andy L. Johnson (www.facebook.com/ALJWCC/) Register of Deeds (vote for one) **Sherry Anderson (www.facebook.com/electsherryanderson/) Julie Hannah (www.facebook.com/juliehannah.williamsonco/) 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 ** Endorsed by Williamson Business PAC County Commission (vote for two) Search for your County Commission District here.  Your ballot will include ONLY your district, i.e., if you live in District 9, you will see four candidates on the Republican ballot. You will vote for two. The top two Republicans and the top two Democrats in each district from the county primaries will advance to the August general election. District 6 will add an Independent candidate at that time. The top two from each of the twelve districts will win seats on the commission. View:...

Williamson County Democratic Ballot

For more information on how the County Primaries work and what County Commissioners do, see Williamson County Primaries. 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 County Primaries. If you choose a Democratic ballot, note that there are no qualified candidates for any county office for Districts 3, 9, or 12. In the other districts, you will be able to vote for County Commissioners only. County Commission (vote for two) Search for your County Commission District here.  Your ballot will include ONLY your district, i.e., if you live in District 11, you will see two candidates on the Democratic ballot. You will vote for two. The top two Republicans and the top two Democrats in each district from the county primaries will advance to the August general election. District 6 will add an Independent candidate at that time. The top two from each of the twelve districts will win seats on the commission. View: All District 1 District 2 District 4 District 5 District 6 District 7 District 8 District 10 District 11   District 1 (WAKM-Williamson Herald Meet the Candidates video) **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...