Brentwood has range of school board candidates to pick from

Brentwood has range of school board candidates to pick from

Those who live in Brentwood and surrounding unincorporated areas have quite a few options for Williamson County School Board.

Those who live in Brentwood and surrounding unincorporated areas have quite a few options for Williamson School Board.

District Seven spans into the northern part of central Brentwood and while District Four spans east of Interstate 65.

For residents in Williamson County wanting to get a head start, early voting continues through July 30.

Voting sites are at the Election Commission Office, 1320 West Main Street in Franklin, and the Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road in Brentwood. Hours for early voting are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. The polls are closed on Sundays.

In the last week of July, additional locations will open up for early voting. Starting on Monday, July 25, voters can go to the Fairview Recreation Center, located at 2714 Fairview Boulevard in Fairview; the Longview Recreation Center in Spring Hill, located at 2909 Commonwealth Drive in Spring Hill; and the Nolensville Recreation Center, located at 7250 Nolensville Road in Nolensville.

District 4 – Joey Czarneski

Franklin parent Joey Czarneski said he wants to ensure smooth growth and propel Williamson County Schools forward if elected to the unexpired District Four school board seat.

He will run against incumbent Anne McGraw. His name was previously thrown into consideration during the nomination process last fall when Paul Bartholomew announced his resignation last summer. For the past three years, three different people have maintained the District Four seat.

Czarneski was born in Cookeville, but has lived in Franklin for the past decade. His wife is an educator at Scales Elementary, where his son is enrolled. Previously, he ran for an at-large alderman seat for the City of Franklin Board of Mayor and Alderman.

This quarter he raised $2,439. His biggest contribution came from Cynthia Miller, of Brentwood. He has $1,618 left on hand.

District 4 – Anne McGraw

Hoping to continue her unexpired term in District Four, Anne McGraw said she hopes to use her now year long experience to help parents and students transition through rezoning in a Williamson County area potentially the most impacted.

McGraw, a mother of two daughters and Atlanta native, works for Nissan North America. She received her bachelor’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. She regularly helps with PTO at Trinity Elementary School, where her daughters attend. She moved to the Nashville area eight years ago, and relocated to Franklin three years ago for her job and the public school system.

In her first year on the board, she said she was able to learn a lot that could prove helpful in continuing the term left open when Paul Bartholomew announced his resignation last summer. For the past three years, three different people have maintained the District Four seat.

She has raised $4,950. Her biggest contributions came from Doug Young, of Franklin, and the WillCo Rising PAC that endorsed her earlier this summer. She is left with $4,442 on hand and started out the quarter with $2,032.

District 7 – Robert Hullett

Elected in 2012, District Seven board member Robert Hullett would like to keep his seat for another four years to help maintain the system’s growth and looking ahead into rezoning efforts.

He holds a bachelor’s of Business Administration in sales and marketing from the University of Memphis, a Masters in Education in school administration and supervision from Lipscomb University, and is still pursuing his Ph. D. Hullett moved to Brentwood with his parents in 1980 and began attending fourth grade at Lipscomb Elementary before advancing to Brentwood Middle and graduating from Brentwood High. District 7 is bounded to the east by Edmondson Pike and to the west by Hillsboro Road.

In addition to teaching marketing and management at Ravenwood during 2004-07, Hullett taught instrumental music for grades 5-12 at David Lipscomb Campus School in 2000-04. Once working at Williamson-based Lee Company, he now works for Vanderbilt Medical Center as a senior information technology consultant.

He and his wife, Kristin, have two sons in Williamson schools.

Hullett has raised $4,068 and spend $2,499. He ends the second quarter with $1,568. His biggest contributors came from the WillCoRising PAC and Grady Tabor, of Brentwood.

District 7 – Jennifer Luteran

Brentwood mother of three Jennifer Luteran said she wants to run for the Williamson County School Board District Seven seat to create transparency for parents when creating the budget and rezoning students.

Luteran moved to Williamson County in 1997. She later married her husband in 2003, and she lived in Cool Springs. The family later hopscotched to Brentwood in 2013.

Two of her children attend Edmondson Elementary School, and the other attends Brentwood Middle School. She has stayed involved with the PTO at both schools.

Luteran attended Birmingham Southern, where she obtained a business degree and later went to Cumberland School of Law for her law degree. She worked as a lawyer until she had her oldest child.

She has raised $3,338

District 7 – Christopher Richards

Full-time dad Christopher Richards said he would like to become more involved in the education process his children experience while finding ways to better manage Brentwood’s school campuses and giving more opportunities to students. Therefore, he is running for the Williamson County Board of Education District 7 position.

The father of twin sixth-grade daughters and one eighth-grade son, Richards said he wanted to do more than participate in a PTO or school events, so he is throwing his name in the ring for a seat on the school board. His children currently attend Brentwood Middle School and previously went to Lipscomb Elementary School.

When his daughters were born, Richards decided to stay at home with his children. He worked with the music industry in the tech field before becoming a full-time dad. Richards, 48, said above all, he would like to become an advocate for other parents like himself.

He raised $1,500 and has spent $746. He ends the second quarter with $753 balance on-hand.

His biggest contributions came from Nancy Richards, of Connecticut and the candidate himself.

Emily West covers Franklin and Williamson County government and schools for Home Page Media Group. Contact her at Follow her on Twitter via @emwest22.

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