By MATT BLOIS
A write-in candidate is running for mayor in Nolensville. Russell Gill, a lawyer from Nolensville, will challenge incumbent Mayor Jimmy Alexander this November.
The deadline to enter the race as a regular candidate has already passed, but write-in candidates can still run.
Gill filed a certificate of write-in candidacy with the Williamson County Election Commission on Wednesday.
Alderman Brian Snyder and Alexander both entered the mayoral race, but Snyder recently withdrew his name because he wasn’t sure he would have enough time for the job. That left Alexander as the lone candidate for Mayor.
Gill doesn’t have any experience in public office. He decided to run because he wanted to give people in Nolensville a choice in the mayoral race.
“It’s too late to file to have the name on the ballot, so I’ve got an opportunity as a write-in candidate,” he said. “We’ll be pursuing that so we’ve got a choice in the matter.”
Gill is a lawyer who works in the Nolensville area. He has lived in Nolensville since 2009 with his wife Heidi and his children Taylor and Kinnerly. His wife is a registered nurse at the ICU in Saint Thomas Hospital.
Gill said he wants to focus on preparing Nolensville’s streets for future growth and supporting the police and fire departments. He also wants to make sure the town is a good steward of taxpayer money and the town’s history.
In addition, Gill said he supports making the town more transparent. He wants to see town meetings live streamed and would like to make more documents related to development available online.
Gill estimates he will need at least 2,000 votes to win an election, but thinks he can reach that number. He said he already purchased new hiking shoes and plans to knock on a lot of doors. A group of voters supporting him have already ordered signs and bumper stickers.
As a write-in candidate, Gill will have to educate voters on how to vote for him. Voters will need to type his name into the voting machine manually. Fortunately for Gill, his name only has four letters.