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campaign kick-off party 6:00 P.M - 9:00 P.M. Saturday March 1st. at El Molino Restaurant at 6496 Summer Ave Ste 103, Bartlett, Tennessee 38134. This will be a great event with awesome music provided by Frankie Hollie and The Noise. You will love the rock and country feel of their music with flashbacks to some of our 80's favorites.
This is a come and go event or stay all night and enjoy the music and great food.(especially the chips and salsa). You may even see a few local celebrities.
Campaign materials will be available. We will also have volunteer sign-up forms as well. Campaign donations will be accepted and are much appreciated.
We look forward to seeing everyone on March 1st!
It will be hard to top 2013. So many great things happened. So many accomplishments. As I reflect over the past 3.5 years, I have learned so much. I have so much to be thankful for.
- 16 years of marriage to the only one I have ever loved
- 3 healthy, well-behaved, and well performing children
- A Savior who loved me enough to die for me.
- Money in the bank and food on the table.
- A school board position that gives me civic purpose and a broader world view
I know that life will not always be perfect. I know that this point in time may not last forever. I cherish and am thankful to be able to experience this. Not bad for a boy who cam from a broken, single-parent home in Raleigh. A mom who struggled to pay the bills while my dad gambled our grocery money away. I was the fat kid. Yeah, probably the one that you picked on. My grandmother made my clothes. She made my first pair of JAMS. She made my generic skid pants from fabric from Hancocks. She made me chipped beef on toast. I didn’t have much. But I was thankful.
I graduated from Bartlett High School, full ride football scholarship to Austin Peay. Gave it up to come home and get married. Put myself through college debt free working at RPS on the hot docks. Paid for my first car and married debt free. Started with a small house in Bartlett. I have lived in Bartlett since 1986.. Fast forward to today. I still live in Bartlett.
Why do I randomly reminisce about what I am thankful for? Because all of my work, my mistakes, and my experiences make me what i am today. Imperfect in so many ways. An unabashed Generation X’er with one hand in the millennial world and one hand in the baby boomer world. A unique existence.
Why do I run for public office? Because I know a lot of people who have stories like mine.
I know these people because we all live in the same communities. Hard working people who continue to try to make a better life for their family. The school board position was a difference maker. We got what we wanted. Our own, smaller school districts. We got our buildings. It was tough but acceptable to get school started. In the process, we began redesigning one of the largest school systems in the state. and that started with cutting 100 million out of the budget. Much more to do in education. But it is a start. I hope and pray to be a difference maker at the county commission.
The county commission is unique. It is important. It can be silly it times. It doesn’t have to be. But at least it must serve the tax payers that it elects as its representatives. Very few like higher taxes and both parties can agree on that.. I don’t like higher taxes. We pay more taxes because our tax base is SHRINKING. Just a small push down in unemployment or an increase in those who have quality well-paying jobs solves that problem. I have ideas. Lots of idea. We need more than ideas. We need ideas that become action and take on life. To make it short, here are four bullet points that I will focus on:
- Tailor Education system to the needs of Southwest TN..(one size does not fit all)
- Trade School Development and Expansion
- Lower business tax rates
- Strategic plan for the future of Memphis
So much more I could comment on but my goal is to help make a better life for those I represent. Hopefully, I will have the chance to do that for the next 4 years.