Candidates share final thoughts, first quarter campaign finances, as early voting begins


Candidates share final thoughts, first quarter campaign finances, as early voting begins

By RACHAEL LONG

Early voting has officially begun, and the candidates for Brentwood’s City Commission race shared their final thoughts as voters head to the polls.

During a recent candidate debate at Tractor Supply Company, the candidates each answered several questions, including, “What would be your number-one agenda item that you would like to address, if elected?” Each candidate’s response to that question is listed here.

The candidates were each given a chance via email correspondence to edit and add to those statements for the Home Page article. Candidates are listed alphabetically by surname.

Wyatt Rex Allen

“What would be your number-one agenda item that you would like to address, if elected?”

Wyatt Rex Allen, candidate for Brentwood City Commission. / Submitted

“So 50 years ago, Brentwood came up with the concept of one acre, one lot. This is something that’s very unique, it was even challenged at the state level, which is something that Brentwood has historically challenged. Things have come up through Brentwood and challenged, and actually won, [and] has a history of winning.

A comment was made in regard to a feasibility study for … Brentwood schools, and I think prioritizing our Brentwood schools is important, as well. But they said something about questioning the state level regarding our Brentwood schools or Williamson County Schools. Brentwood has a history of challenging the status quo in our community, and I think one-acre, one density and prioritizing our schools are essential to our core values.”

Home Page: What’s one thought you’d like to leave voters with before they head to the polls?

“Raised Brentwood, my roots in Brentwood run deep. I’m fully aware and appreciate the 50-year history of Brentwood. I remember seeing Back to the Future II in the Brentwood Plaza Theatre with my dad. I remember farmland before subdivisions. I remember a time before Brentwood had its existing parks.

Like many of you, I moved to Brentwood for a quality of life that was built on the foundation of one-home-per-acre density and the best county school system in Tennessee. Hopefully we don’t see the first 50 years of Brentwood as a burden but a blueprint for the next 50 years that is worth preserving.

There are two key areas of focus [for me] as [a] Brentwood City Commissioner:

  1. Low density/one home-per-acre housing — Like many of you, one of the most significant assets that I have is the equity in my home. This is a direct result of Brentwood’s core value of one-home-per-acre density. This is an expectation that will not be subject to negotiation.
  2. Prioritize Brentwood schools – Did you know that Brentwood has the highest assessed property value of any city in the entire State of Tennessee. I do not believe that it is acceptable to have portable classrooms at any Brentwood school in this day and age. While schools do fall into the responsibility of Williamson County, the approval of portable classrooms do fall into the scope of consideration for Brentwood City Commissioners. I will work with county leadership to ensure that Brentwood schools have the facilities and infrastructure necessary for our controlled growth.

Four years from now, [I want people to know] I was invested in maintaining the values that make Brentwood unique, prioritized low density development, dedicated my focus to maintain and add valuable green space, worked with county leadership to see that Brentwood schools have the facilities and infrastructure necessary and inspired others to be passionate about the preserving Brentwood.”

Campaign Finance Disclosure – First Quarter

  • Balance on hand: $0
  • Total loans outstanding: $0
  • Read the full disclosure here.

Nelson Andrews:

“What would be your number-one agenda item that you would like to address, if elected?”

“So, it may not be the sexiest issue on the planet, but I think part of maintaining the excellent character of Brentwood is making sure we’ve got the best city staff we could possibly have, and I think being sure that we’re able to attract and maintain our city staff and make sure we have excellent city services would be at the top of the list.

Brentwood City Commission candidate Nelson Andrews poses for a photo in the lobby of the Williamson County Administrative Complex on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Franklin, Tenn.

Right now, we have quite a few long-term tenured folks on the team in Brentwood. But there could be some turnover, I think, as the generations continue and people have different appeals for jobs. I think having a really good, competitive job offering [will help us] attract and maintain the best possible people to take care of the services in our city.”

 

Home Page: What’s one thought you’d like to leave voters with before they head to the polls?

“The one thought I would like to leave voters with is that I know Brentwood as resident and a business owner. I experience Brentwood as a family man, neighbor, and owner of a second-generation enterprise established in Maryland Farms. I’ve experienced the growth of Brentwood from my childhood to today. I work and volunteer with residents of Brentwood who incorporated the town and those who have just moved here. I can represent all of Brentwood on the City Commission.”

Campaign Finance Disclosure – First Quarter

  • Balance on hand: $10,900.89
  • Total loans outstanding: $0
  • Read the full disclosure here.

Anne Dunn:

“What would be your number-one agenda item that you would like to address, if elected?”

Incumbent Anne Dunn, candidate for re-election to the Brentwood City Commission. / Submitted

“My number one priority would be … for Brentwood to remain fiscally responsible because you can’t do anything else if you’re not fiscally responsible. That doesn’t mean extra commercial growth or higher taxes, it just means doing a good job with the money you’ve got, be careful in how you spend it, and evaluate your projects.”

Home Page: What’s one thought you’d like to leave voters with before they head to the polls?

“If you’re not fiscally sound, you become too dependent on growth for your revenues. In this election four new members could be chosen — a majority of the board. I believe experience does matter and I have that proven experience.”

Campaign Finance Disclosure – First Quarter

  • Balance on hand: $2,574.29
  • Total loans outstanding: $0
  • Read the full disclosure here.

 

Susannah MacMillan:

“What would be your number-one agenda item that you would like to address, if elected?”

“Maintaining the one-acre density is imperative because of the trickle-down effect on traffic, overcrowding of our schools and our infrastructure, including the sewer system. If we go above the one-acre density on the 7,000 acres not yet developed, we’re going to max out the sewer capacity. So, that one-acre density is key to maintaining our unique Brentwood community.”

Brentwood city commission candidate Susannah MacMillan speaks during a candidate forum April 16, 2019, at John P. Holt Brentwood Library in Brentwood, Tenn.

Home Page: What’s one thought you’d like to leave voters with before they head to the polls?

“When you head to the polls, I really want you to know how passionate I am about representing the citizens of Brentwood.

I have personally knocked on over 550 doors, attended more than 55 local governmental meetings, am a member of the Brentwood Citizens Police Academy, and have had countless communications with elected leaders in the City and County.

Long before I declared I was running in January, I regularly attended city meetings and have not missed a City Commission Meeting or City Informational Meeting since turning in my petition on Jan. 8. Why is this important?

Within weeks of being elected, the city commissioners will vote on next years’ budget. I have attended the entire multi-hour budget work sessions, Capital Improvements Project work session, along with meeting individually with our City Manager; I am fully informed regarding the budget and prepared to vote on it.

A large aspect of a City Commissioner’s role is to make budget decisions regarding city employee positions and benefits. Because of my professional background in Human Resources, Bachelor’s degree (Rhodes College) and Master’s degree (MTSU) in Industrial Organizational Psychology, I am uniquely qualified to make budget decisions regarding city employee positions and benefits.

Knocking on all those doors I have learned many residents are unclear of the different responsibilities of each of our elected officials.

As a city commissioner, I would like to hold a ‘City Forum’ with Brentwood City Commissioners, along with our Brentwood Representatives on the school board and County Commission, in a public forum for residents of Brentwood to meet with all of our elected officials in one place.

I look forward to seeing you at the polls!”

Campaign Finance Disclosure – First Quarter

  • Balance on hand: $15,009.40
  • Total loans outstanding: $0
  • Read the full disclosure here.

John Magyar:

“What would be your number-one agenda item that you would like to address, if elected?”

“My wife and I are very, very fiscally conservative, very fiscally conservative. So, I am so pleased to know that my city feels very much the same way. When you spend the way that we do, very fiscally responsibly, you can afford to attract the best talent. You can afford to offer them good benefits. You can then afford to buy a parcel of property when it comes on the market. So I think one of the highest priorities should be just continuing to maintain our fiscal responsibility.”

John Magyar poses for a photo with his wife, Melinda, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at the Williamson County Administrative Complex in Franklin, Tenn. Magyar is a candidate for the Brentwood City Commission. / Photo by Rachael Long

Home Page: What’s one thought you’d like to leave voters with before they head to the polls?

“There is spoken love for this city, and there is proven love for Brentwood.  I have served faithfully on the Brentwood Planning Commission since 2015, on the Brentwood Tree Board since 2016, and I have represented Brentwood on Williamson County’s Board of Equalization since 2017.  Additionally, I have been Vice-Chairman of the Steering Committee to plan Brentwood’s 50th Birthday celebration throughout all of 2019. Every week and month, for the last several years, I have proven that I am interested in working in these volunteer capacities to help make Brentwood better for today and the future.”

Campaign Finance Disclosure – First Quarter

  • Balance on hand: $4,915.59
  • Total loans outstanding: $1,500
  • Read the full disclosure here.

 

Dale Pacetti:

Dale Pacetti was unable to attend the candidate debate Thursday, but shared his thoughts with Home Page on April 16.

“What would be your number-one agenda item that you would like to address, if elected?”

Dale Pacetti, candidate for Brentwood City Commission. / Submitted

“My top or immediate priority would be to determine what the City can realistically do to lessen existing traffic congestion and plan for the traffic associated with the 7,000 additional homes we’re told are coming.”

Home Page: What’s one thought you’d like to leave voters with before they head to the polls?

“I believe that all of the candidates would agree on most of the major issues that are likely to confront Brentwood in the next four years. What distinguishes me, however, is how I would approach working with the Turner family should they decide to develop their 550 acre farm — and I believe they will — in the next several years.

Rather than following existing zoning, which could result in 450+ mega-mansions each on one-plus acres and zero open space, I would propose working with them on a special zoning ordinance that would maximize green space — as much as half of the acreage — in the form of a Brentwood ‘central park’ connecting existing walking and biking paths. This would also likely feature residences with a smaller footprint and limited mixed-use areas that would enhance the central Brentwood area.”

Campaign Finance Disclosure – First Quarter

  • Balance on hand: $0
  • Total loans outstanding: $0
  • Read the full disclosure here.

 

Stevan Pippin:

“What would be your number one-agenda item that you would like to address, if elected?”

“I’ll agree with most of what’s been said here. Yes, obviously there is growth and there will be growth, and how you manage that growth is tantamount to keeping character, keeping the urban sprawl down. And part of that the management, [and] as Anne Dunn said, being good financial stewards. I think those two go hand-in-hand. You get those two right and everything else has a base of operations.”

Stevan Pippin rides in his parade float on Saturday, April 13. Pippin is a candidate for the Brentwood City Commission. / Photo by Rachael Long

 

Home Page: What’s one thought you’d like to leave voters with before they head to the polls?

“As the citizens of Brentwood head to the polls, I truly hope they will remember the importance of experience. My years serving our beloved city as Vice Chair of the Planning Commission have been a tremendous learning experience for me, and have convinced me even more that the values I stand for are what makes Brentwood a unique city among cities.

As City Commissioner, I will: 1) Protect low-density residential zoning, preventing urban sprawl and preserving character. 2) Participate fully in smart management of all growth through thoughtful ordinances and competent planning. 3) Insist on fiduciary excellence through responsible budget stewardship and common sense capital improvements strategies, creating a sound sustainable financial environment where no tax increases are needed. These three are key to assuring that all other issues (schools, infrastructure, fire and police, parks and facilities, library) have a strong foundational base on which to operate and thrive. I’d be deeply honored to continue my service to this city that I love, and I would be very grateful for your vote.”

Campaign Finance Disclosure – First Quarter

  • Balance on hand: $1,604.31
  • Total loans outstanding: $1,150
  • Read the full disclosure here.

 

Terrence Smith:

“What would be your number-one agenda item that you would like to address, if elected?”

Terrence Smith, candidate for Brentwood City Commission. / Submitted

“I would agree with [Ken]. Limited growth, I guess I would say limited growth. I would want to control that as best as possible and that does lead to traffic congestion. So monitoring those things would help benefit that, as well. It also is an issue for criminal activity and other associated things, so I would say limited growth would be the number-one thing.”

Home Page: What’s one thought you’d like to leave voters with before they head to the polls?

“I think increased criminal activity is of key concern for our residents these days.  I’d like to impress upon voters that they will be filling 4 of 7 council seats. If they, like many I hear from, are concerned about up-trending crime rates, I am the only candidate with a background in law enforcement (with 16 years as a state trooper).  If they are part of, or interact with, the healthcare industry, I am the only physician candidate on the ballot. If they value a veteran’s perspective on the many issues that come before the commission, I am the only candidate with a military background (over 30 years in the U.S. Army). In short, with a single selection, voters can get a commissioner with the unique background, frame of reference, and leadership of a physician, state trooper, and soldier.”

Campaign Finance Disclosure – First Quarter

  • Balance on hand: $370.40
  • Total loans outstanding: $0
  • Read the full disclosure here.

 

Ken Travis:

“What would be your number-one agenda item that you would like to address, if elected?”

Incumbent Ken Travis sits next to his wife Rhonda and waves from his parade float on Saturday, April 13. Travis is a candidate for re-election to the Brentwood City Commission. / Photo by Rachael Long

“If you look on some of my campaign literature, it says, ‘Responsible and properly planning growth.’ That’s what I think is the number-one issue. It’s not only one-acre density, but it’s also managing the rest of the growth that we’re gonna have. If you can throw a very large net over that, you could say that includes the ORSD [zoning] that we talked about earlier — if you’re not familiar with that, feel free to call, we’ll explain it more — but that’s something we need to look at with the limited acreage that we have left. Also, responsible, properly planned growth also impacts your traffic, so responsible, properly planned growth is our number-one issue.”

Home Page: What’s one thought you’d like to leave voters with before they head to the polls?

“As an incumbent running for re-election, I have been to police roll calls, frequently visited fire stations, attended multiple meals at our Public Works building with employees, spoken regularly to our police chief and fire chief, attended ribbon cuttings with the mayor, Boy Scout meetings and retirement functions for city personnel. I have actively participated in each year’s budget meetings. I have attended both the Citizens Police Academy and the Citizens Fire Academy. I believe I have my finger on the pulse of Brentwood employees and citizens.

I am asking that you give me four more years to serve the citizens of Brentwood. I have gained so much insight in the workings of the City of Brentwood, and I feel even more in touch with the citizens. Please vote for experience – VOTE KEN TRAVIS for re-election, and give me four more years to serve you.”

Campaign Finance Disclosure – First Quarter

  • Balance on hand: $9,647.68
  • Total loans outstanding: $0
  • Read the full disclosure here.

 

Early voting will take place until May 2. Read the Home Page for more information on early voting, or visit the Williamson County Election Commission website.

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