Bachelor of Arts - University of Tennessee at Martin
Juris Doctorate - Nashville School of Law
Director of Government Relations,
Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association
1. What qualifies you as the best candidate for this office?
Working to make governments work for its citizens has been my career and passion, and I bring an unique combination of skills and experiences that I want to put to work for my neighbors. I’ve spent my professional career on transportation, utility, infrastructure, and governance policy at the state and in countless local governments across Tennessee. I’ve made significant progress in making changes in Metro, and I want to continue that work. I understand where Nashville is as a city right now, how my neighbors and many Nashvillians view that city and the changes they want, and what can be done to accomplish those changes. During my career, I’ve worked with Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, on big ideas and small ideas. It the responsibility of leaders to work together, put personal issues aside, and get to work for the city. I’ve done that the past four years, and I want to continue to do that.
2. If elected, what will be your three highest priorities?
1. Invest in Priorities
Focus on and budget for priorities – improving and fully funding schools, higher paid and better equipped police officers and firefighters, and more sidewalks in our neighborhoods. We need to modernize our transportation system, revamp Metro departments and procedures, overhaul our economic incentives, and overall make Metro government work better for today and the future.
2. Deal with Traffic and Growth While Protecting Neighborhoods
Metro must stop falling behind, tackle traffic congestion, deal with the effects of Nashville’s growth, and protect our neighborhoods. With the city’s growth, we must invest in the infrastructure, city services, public safety and schools impacted from our rapid growth.
3. Listening to My Neighbors
Being accessible is the most important thing a councilmember can be. People can always contact me about anything by calling, texting, email or message. I’m their voice to Metro, and I pledge to continue to always listen to my neighbors.
3. What are the most pressing issues facing the public that you plan to address?
The biggest issues facing the city are the result of Metro government not handling Nashville’s rapid growth, so I will concentrate on working to wake Metro up at a fundamental level to realize we can’t act like a small town anymore. We must change and modernize how we do things and where we prioritize. We need to concentrate more on schools, public safety, alleviating traffic congestion, and the quality of life things we are leaving behind even though we’re growing. With my background in transportation and infrastructure and as former Metro Council Public Works Committee chairman, I’ve seen we need to modernize intersections with dynamic signalization, more investment in neighborhood traffic calming, getting efficiencies in bus service, building more sidewalks by bringing down the high cost Metro has to build them, and increasing options to better move people around the city. That’s just on transportation, but throughout Metro we aren’t addressing the impact of growth like we should.