LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Retiring school board member has questions for you


To the Editor:

As the time for Election Day grows near and now that early voting has begun, I would like to encourage voters to take some time and truly vet the candidates who are running to represent the people of Williamson County.

To the Editor:

As the time for Election Day grows near and now that early voting has begun, I would like to encourage voters to take some time and truly vet the candidates who are running to represent the people of Williamson County.

Please ask yourself what values are important to you, how you expect your representative to act, are they someone who will behave in a respectful, professional manner and work collaboratively with others who may have a different opinion? Is their focus on best interest decisions or on a personal/political bias?

Will they take the time to truly understand issues before making a decision or will they listen to small self-interest groups only? Do they immediately go into attack mode instead of trying to listen, understand and learn about complicated issues and make good data-driven decisions, not emotional ones? Will your candidate remember we are a diverse public school system and county charged with serving all, and will they be inclusive of all?

Will they be a forward thinker or be a reactionary? Will they understand and care about the laws that govern or will they choose to ignore them? Do they (or have they) attack the very community they have chosen to live in? Ask yourself: do you want someone who is willing to reach across barriers, such as religion, politics and personal beliefs to represent our communities, or do you want someone who chooses to stick to their own beliefs/ideas regardless of the consequences?

It is a critical time for making choices that will have a long term effect on our schools and county. I want my elected officials to be respectful, professional, collaborative and unbiased individuals who will place the needs of all students above all else. I know Pat Anderson, Melody Morris, Eric Welch, Vickie Vogt and Cherie Hammond have these characteristics. Their leadership is proven. Please join me in voting for them on August 7.

Janice Mills

Franklin

EDITORS NOTE: Mills will retire on Sept. 1 from her District 2 seat after 12 and a half years on the Williamson County Board of Education.

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