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Williamson County Democratic Ballot


For more information on how the County Primaries work and what County Commissioners do, see Williamson County Primaries.

Tennessee has nonpartisan voter registration. There is no option to affiliate with a political party on the voter registration form. Voters do not declare affiliation with a party in order to vote in primary elections, but they must choose one party’s ballot, i.e., you may choose either the Republican or Democratic ballot for the County Primaries. If you choose a Democratic ballot, note that there are no qualified candidates for any county office for Districts 3, 9, or 12. In the other districts, you will be able to vote for County Commissioners only.

County Commission (vote for two)

Search for your County Commission District here.  Your ballot will include ONLY your district, i.e., if you live in District 11, you will see two candidates on the Democratic ballot. You will vote for two. The top two Republicans and the top two Democrats in each district from the county primaries will advance to the August general election. District 6 will add an Independent candidate at that time. The top two from each of the twelve districts will win seats on the commission.

View: All District 1 District 2 District 4 District 5 District 6 District 7 District 8 District 10 District 11

District 1 (WAKM-Williamson Herald Meet the Candidates video)

  1. **Kreis White (

  2. “We must maintain successes of public schools system-wide while enhancing resources in remote corners of the county. An educated workforce benefits all of us.” – March 2018

  3. “The county’s crown jewel is its school system. Parents come in droves, knowing that public education here is top notch. Colleges and employers clamor for our grads. Still, Fairview and neighboring District One towns do not fully share the benefits of this public system. As commissioner, I will work to remedy this trend.” – April 2018

District 2 (WAKM-Williamson Herald Meet the Candidates video)

  1. Lori Clemons (

  2. “Because it’s vital to reduce class size by hiring more teachers and to equip every school with necessary resources to ensure every student succeeds, my top priorities are to listen to Williamson County residents and work with the board and the community on urging the state legislature to increase funds for education.” – March 2018

District 4 (WAKM-Williamson Herald Meet the Candidates video)

  1. **Williamson County School Board Member Anne McGraw (

  2. Williamson County School Board Member since September 2015

  3. Two daughters in WCS

  4. “Adequate funding for our public schools and services, both short and long term. my primary goal is to ensure we stop pinching pennies in the short term just to suffer the consequences down the line. Our schools, for one, cannot sustain this continued lack of budget support due to insufficient revenue generation.”  – March 2018

District 5 (WAKM-Williamson Herald Meet the Candidates video)

  1. Craig Zimberg

  2. Two children in WCS

  3. “Financial planning for schools — Williamson County schools can only deliver a high-quality education in the future through proactive preparation for growth.

 School safety — The government has no greater responsibility than protecting children. We cannot be lulled into a false sense of security by the county’s low violent crime incident rate.” – March 2018

District 6 (WAKM-Williamson Herald Meet the Candidates video)

  1. Brigid Day (

  2. Two children in WCS

  3. Day said her main focus, if elected to the county commission, is on fully funding Williamson County schools. “My number one priority is to make sure we are providing the best education possible to the next generation of citizens. I believe our amazing quality of life comes with the responsibility to meet the needs of educating all children. As the county grows, there must also be an increase in funding.” – January 2018

  4. Ginny Kvochak

District 7 (WAKM-Williamson Herald Meet the Candidates video)

  1. Sara Bowman Melamed (

  2. One son in WCS, one will be

  3. “For the last four years, I’ve been very actively involved in watching what the school board does and communicating with members about the direction we’re taking.” She said while the property and sales tax revenue are the primary revenue sources for the county’s budget, other potential sources should be re-evaluated. – February 2018

  4. Jatin A. Shah (

  5. Two sons in WCS

  6. “I think everyone’s moved here for the same purpose, to enjoy the great public schools we have, and this wonderful community atmosphere, no matter what part you live in. With all the abundant growth going on, we need to make sure we’re properly structuring all the build out, funding schools properly (and) making sure all the other aspects of county operations are not also adversely affected.” – February 2018

  7. “Our biggest challenge is funding our growing school population. It’s been a point of contention for some time. I’m open to ideas on how to fund this, but these alternative methods should be pragmatic and thought through. Otherwise, we’re simply debating these issues for political reasons as the problems start to pile on top of each other. It’s time we were decisive and solve this problem once and for all.” – April 2018

District 8 (WAKM-Williamson Herald Meet the Candidates video)

  1. Kenneth Townsend (

  2. Two daughters in WCS

  3. “Fully funding Wilco public schools, from all revenue sources permitted under the state constitution and law. There is no waste in Wilco’s underfunded school system. Fully funding our public schools is necessary. The sales tax hike only pays down Wilco’s $570 million debt service. Property taxes must be increased by a modest amount, while keeping open such options as selling surplus county property and encouraging public-private partnerships.” – April 2018

  1. Michael I. Miga (

  2. Professor of biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University

  3. Wife a teacher at Centennial High School

  4. Four children in public schools

  5. “We need to put some money into the public education system to let our kids compete globally. As things go forward with engineering and technology, we need to think about the way we do our educational system. That’s not going to happen without serious support of public education.” – February 2018

  1. Lesley Couch (

  2. tnAchieves Mentor

  3. She said she’s interested in addressing overcrowded schools. – February 2018

  4. Karen Kendall-Fite (

  5. Associate professor of biology at Columbia State Community College

  6. She said she’d also like to see adequate funding for school capital needs, school fees and extracurricular fees. – March 2018

** Endorsed by Williamson Business PAC

Candidate profile links from here.


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