As promised, information about my positions on key topics and issues can be found below. I will be adding much more over the course of the campaign so be sure to check back from time to time.
I know that when you get to know me, who I am, and what I really care about, you (and hopefully all the people of Maury County) will find that I am exactly the type of Mayor we need.
Improving education should be a top priority for any community, and it's an issue I care about deeply. Not just because I love learning and recognize how my own education has been useful, but because there are so many ways that improving education benefits a community - such as lowering crime rates and attracting businesses that bring better, higher-paying jobs.
Our children deserve safe schools and quality instruction. Our educators deserve to have the full support of their community and should never feel as if they lack the tools or facilities they need to do their jobs.
Changing technology and rapid growth can make properly providing for education a significant challenge, but with careful planning and smart decision making, I believe that we can do more with what we have by avoiding costly mistakes and eliminating wasteful spending. However, we should not be afraid to invest in education, especially when it comes to improving access to technology (in and out of schools), promoting lifelong learning, and career transition assistance programs.
I want to get people engaging with their community more - whether it’s by shopping at local businesses, participating in community events, or playing an active role in government - people who are more involved with their community tend to be more invested in it, they are more likely to give back to it, and are less likely to relocate.
So many of our young people - especially the bright and talented ones - leave in search of better or more challenging jobs or education. Any good business person will tell you that keeping quality people is much easier than attracting new quality people. The more skilled and talented a labor pool we can create here in Maury County, the more quality jobs we will attract; which is important, because it’s not enough to just be creating jobs, we need to make sure we are creating the right jobs - better jobs - here in the county, so that our children can stay here and be prosperous.
Some people seek elected office in retirement as a way to stay involved in or give back to their community, and there's nothing wrong with that. Others seek office as a way to increase their influence, or they see it as a stepping stone on their way to higher office; but what we are essentially talking about here is a job. A very important job with important responsibilities.
Our representatives should be held to high standards. They should embody the core values of Honesty, Integrity, Courage, and Compassion. They should be qualified for the position, and they should be seeking office with the intention of faithfully representing the people they were elected to represent - not themselves - not special interests - and not some party agenda.
Maury is one of the 100 fastest growing counties in America. This brings great opportunities but also great challenges. We must be proactive in planning for the future and meet these challenges head-on. We need a common-sense approach to growth management that does not needlessly impede progress but makes sure that no one gets left behind.
Agriculture is essential to the spirit of Maury County. It is also a tremendously important economic and environmental asset to the community. We must do more to protect our agricultural lands and help our struggling farmers as they adapt to a changing market and evolving industry.
The hard-working residents of Maury County, in general, have been falling behind as development favors commuter culture over local job growth. We must be committed to improving our community and not just inviting more people into it. We can either let this become a faceless suburb, or we can leverage this demand for growth, invest in our people, and build a better Maury, preserving the small-town character and rural charm while increasing opportunity and improving quality of life.
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