ELECTION 2014: Peach vies to be ‘voice for public education’ in legislature


ELECTION 2014: Peach vies to be ‘voice for public education’ in legislature

Rep. Jeremy Durham will have Democratic competition in the Nov. 4 election for a State House seat in District 65. Bill Peach, a lifetime Franklin resident, is running to speak for public education. If elected, the former local school board representative will try to redistribute control of education issues from the state level to the school level.

Rep. Jeremy Durham will have Democratic competition in the Nov. 4 election for a State House seat in District 65. Bill Peach, a lifetime Franklin resident, is running to speak for public education. If elected, the former local school board representative will try to redistribute control of education issues from the state level to the school level.

  • Residence: Franklin
  • Family: Wife Emily, three daughters
  • Education: Lipscomb University and MTSU; English and philosophy, business administration and economics
  • Occupation: Co-owned former men’s clothing store Pigg & Peach
  • Held office: Franklin Special Schools Board of Education, 1976-1992; Williamson County Board of Education, 2002-2010

SHHP: Why are you running? 

Bill Peach: As a voice for public education and the local school districts.

What are the most important issues facing the state legislature?

I’ve seen an effort to privatize education at the state level. I’m concerned about vouchers and also the legislative appointment of a textbook committee. I think that should be done by academic professionals.

For me, my concerns lie with education. I’m not finding conflicts with [the legislature] on any other things.

If elected, what legislation would you like to sponsor or revisit?

The proposed amendment to the guns in parks bill; I would want to be sure that our children had access to the public parks and would want [local governments] to be able to opt out of the guns in parks legislation.

What can you offer that your opponent cannot?

I lived here all my life. For the past 40 or 50 years, I’ve been involved in the creation of the downtown Franklin festivals and involved in the culture and quality of life in Williamson County.

Why should people vote for you?

Experience. I would continue to be a voice for the local school district and the quality of economics and quality of life in Williamson County.

Website: billpeach.wordpress.com

Jessica Pace covers Williamson County, Williamson County Schools and the Town of Nolensville for BrentWord Communications. Contact her at jess@brentwoodhomepage.com or follow her on Twitter @Jess_Marie_Pace.

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