Bachelor of Arts - University of Tennessee at Martin
Juris Doctorate - Nashville School of Law
Director of Government Relations,
Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association
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.
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.
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.
BS Finance, LSU
The basic needs of our city are not being met. Our police, firefighters, all first responders as well as teachers and metro employees have been unsupported and largely ignored, all while hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on developer incentives and ancillary projects. It’s time to get back to the basics of running a city and get our priorities. We need strong leaders that will be financially responsible with taxpayer dollars, trustworthy and transparent in the deals and negotiations the enter into, all while keeping the citizens of Nashville at the forefront of every decision made. I am and will be all of those things for my District and this City.
I have managed, built and sold businesses and have strong business mind - key to being effective in a government leadership role. I excel in communication, listen actively and am a strong individual, accountable and responsible. I plan to commit to this position full time to meet the needs of my district and city.
My top three priorities are Public Safety, Education and Infrastructure. To do any of these things properly, we have to balance a budget. Many hard but necessary decisions will have to be made with regard to budget cuts. Nashville, while enjoying the highest revenue dollars in its history, is still operating on a deficit due to high rates of debt (the highest in the country per capita of any city of its size) and rampant, irresponsible spending. Balancing a budget that puts our true priorities first is my main goal.
Public Safety: We have to take care of the people that take care of us. Our police, firefighters and first responders have been neglected for too long. They are underpaid, understaffed and under supported.
Education: Our greatest responsibility as a society is our investment in our children and their education. It's the foundation for our future success.
Infrastructure: Investing into and properly managing growth is essential.
Balancing the budget and being good stewards of taxpayer dollars is the Council and Mayor's top responsibility and that is the most pressing issue I plan to address. Our debt is a huge risk factor for Nashville's future. We can no longer kick the can down the road. It has to be managed and reduced starting immediately. The irresponsible spending of taxpayer dollars is contributing to the debt. Our police and fire not being properly manned or supported is a danger to our society as a whole. Our education system is failing our students. Again this all goes back to balancing a budget and being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. Not having the money to properly fund our priorities as a city has caused a grave distrust in our government. We have to start doing the right thing for the citizens of Nashville.