District one stretches from Fairview in the northwest to the edge of Thompson’s Station and Spring Hill in the south. // Map from the Williamson County Election Commission
By MATT BLOIS
On May 1, residents of Williamson County will decide which candidates the Democratic and Republican parties will support for County Commission in the general election next August.
Each district in the county has two representatives on the County Commission who serve four year terms.
In District One, the two current Republican commissioners are running unchallenged in the primary. One Democratic candidate will try and take one of their seats in August, but won’t have a challenger for the Democratic nomination in May.
Republican Dwight “Bubba” Jones has represented District One on the Williamson County Commission since 2010.
He’s a lineman at Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation. He and his wife Shannon have four children.
He’s not related to fellow district one commissioner Ricky Jones, but he was his student at Fairview High School.
Dwight Jones did not respond to requests for an interview before publication.
Ricky Jones has many roles. He teaches government and world history at Fairview High School, but he’s also the softball coach, golf coach and athletic director.
He goes to most of the school’s athletic events. Beyond that, he has also represented District One on the Williamson County Commission for two decades.
He has lived in Fairview his entire life. In 1972, he graduated from Fairview High School and then attended Lipscomb University. After getting a degree, he came back to the high school as a teacher and never left.
Serving on the County Commission gives him a chance to solve problems in Fairview, and that’s why he’s running again.
“I like to be able to serve people,” he said. “My wife says I’m not ever home anyway … I just enjoy talking with people, being with people and serving people.”
A resident of Fairview recently called him to ask if he could do anything about the semi trailers that take back roads through the county to avoid traffic on Interstate 840. He likes getting those phone calls, and enjoys trying to solve problems for people in his district.
Controlling growth is the biggest issue in the county, Jones said. He was disappointed that a proposed impact fee, which would have charged home builders to help fund the school system, has become tied up in courts. At the same time, he doesn’t want to raise taxes so high that his neighbors can’t afford to live in the county.
Jones’s wife, Leslie, is a teacher at Westwood Elementary. He has two daughters.
Kreis White, a Democratic candidate for County Commissioner, promises never to tweet.
President Donald Trump has frequently used Twitter to stir the pot, but White said he’s tired of the all-or-nothing philosophy that seems to epitomize politics. He’s hoping his experience as a lawyer and mediator will help him identify options that incorporate perspectives from both Democrats and Republicans.
For White, the most important issues is figuring out a way to fund the public schools.
“I don’t have school kids,” he said. “But having an educated and able workforce is critical to even this of us that don’t have school aged kids.”
In the southern portion of the county he said it will be important to find a way to fix some of the traffic issues.
It’s his first time running for office, and he’s hoping to represent district one, a huge area of the county covering Fairview and parts of Thompson’s Station. He didn’t expect to like going door to door to get signatures for the election petition, but he said he met a lot of new people that way and heard some interesting perspectives on the issues.
His family has lived in Williamson County for about eight years. He and his wife Jennifer have three grown children.