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SECURE THE FUTURE OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY’S EXCEPTIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

I believe that our public school districts are the bedrock of Williamson County’s economic and community success. Even so, we can and must do even better for our children, our educators, and all Williamson County residents.

Teachers are essential to our economic competitiveness.

Did you know?

  • Nearly two-thirds of Williamson County’s budget is directed to our public schools. In fact, it’s over 70% when you include the debt associated with new buildings.
  • Eighty-five percent (85%) of WCS’s annual budget funds teachers and other staff.

While county commissioners do not have oversight of curriculum or any other policies that are decided by the school board, commissioners do have the responsibility to fully fund our public schools at levels that meet current demands and secure a vibrant future. I am committed to making the investments needed to ensure:

  • competitive pay and/or other incentives to attract and retain enough excellent teachers to fully staff our growing number of classrooms,
  • all students have access to technology, programs, and courses that meet their diverse needs and goals, and
  • school-based health services, including mental health support, are adequately resourced.

To accomplish this, we’ll need partnership at every level to identify all available levers and opportunities to increase funding. We cannot short-change our community by underinvesting in our county’s public schools. Education is a public good and I oppose policies that divert taxpayer-funded resources away from Williamson County’s exceptional public school system.

ENSURE LONG-RANGE LIVABILITY IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY

Williamson County deserves an economy that works for everyone – not just the wealthy and the well-connected. I believe that it is a moral and economic imperative to support teachers and other essential workers that proudly serve in our community and desire to live in the community they serve, making sure that everyone can make it and thrive here.

Did you know?

  • For the first time ever, the average Williamson County home price sits just below $1 million.
  • Williamson County has seen 40% growth in population since 2010 and is projected to more than double by 2040.

Because housing costs have risen faster than wages, we have a shortage of attainable housing. To counter this, we need to work toward a new social and economic contract with the people of Williamson County – a contract that supports quality of life and access for all. This could look like:

  • improved access to assistance to help teachers and other essential workers secure homeownership,
  • expanded support for small businesses that put residents to work in good-paying jobs,
  • fostering energy-efficient and mixed-income developments to provide a greater array of housing choices, and/or
  • promoting region-wide transit options to make commuting more effective and convenient.

I will never tire in the fight to deliver results for current and future generations and to create opportunity for all.

BE A FORCE FOR GOOD

Did you know?

  • The Williamson County Commission consists of 24 elected members, two from each of the 12 voting districts, who serve a four-year term.
  • The top two vote-getters in each district will serve as the next County Commissioners.
  • Adopting the annual county budget is one of the most important responsibilities of the Williamson County Commission.

The character of Williamson County is on the ballot this election. We must prize all voices in our community.

As a first-time candidate, and optimistically the first-ever Democratic Commissioner in Williamson County, I am eager to bring a fresh perspective to the table. I am eager to instigate bold discussions and inspire ambitious solutions that enrich lives.

Only together can we forge a stronger, brighter, and more equitable future for all Williamson County residents.