By RACHAEL LONG / Photo courtesy of John Magyar
Brentwood realtor and planning commissioner John Magyar recently announced his intention to run for the Brentwood Board of Commissioners.
So far, seven candidates have picked up petitions to run for the board’s four seats.
Magyar (pronounced “major”) has lived in Brentwood since 1997 and serves on the 50th Anniversary steering committee, the Planning Commission and the tree board. He also serves on the Williamson County’s Board of Equalization.
Being involved in the steering committee to plan the city’s celebratory events is one of the biggest reasons why Magyar decided to run for a commissioner seat. He said the committee has been his life for the last few months.
“I think the more I get into this, the more I realize that we do have a great, rich history… even though we’re only 50 years old,” Magyar said.
He’s never run for a public office before and says the move is a bit outside of his comfort zone. Before going into real estate, Magyar was a filmmaker and director, and said he was used to being behind the scenes.
“There’s a reason I was a director behind the scenes and not in front of the camera,” Magyar said. “I really see myself less of a politician and much more wired for causes.”
Magyar said that “wiring” comes from the way he was raised, in South America as the child of missionaries.
“My parents raised all six kids to be about other people and not about yourself, and I think that’s what really drives me to involved in this city,” Magyar said. “It’s about other people.”
If elected, Magyar said he wants to use his passion for causes to help Brentwood residents.
Magyar earned his Bachelor’s Degree in film at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. After that, he launched a business in Houston but soon decided to move to Nashville to pursue more opportunities in film.
In the late 90s, Magyar and his wife Melinda handpicked Brentwood as the place they wanted to live. He said they picked it for the same reasons many still do today.
The school systems, wide-open spaces, low-density neighborhoods, employment opportunities, and self-sustainability are things which jump off the page about Williamson County, Magyar said. Because of its proximity, central location, and leadership, Magyar says Brentwood offers “the best in Williamson County.”
And while the city offers “great services,” Magyar said it hasn’t happened by accident, and it takes work to keep those services in place.
“This is an opportunity for me to step up to the plate and give back,” Magyar said. “This city’s been very good to me.”
If elected, Magyar said his vision, creativity and abstract thinking as someone who doesn’t have a background in politics would bring unique skills to the board.
“There are many good candidates,” Magyar said. “If I am not elected this year, I’ll be content with that because I will believe that the citizens have elected the best people.”
Candidates must return filled out petitions to the election commission office by Thursday, Feb, 21 at noon.
The Williamson County Election Commission office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located at 1320 W Main Street in Franklin.