The public school system is the primary reason I live in Williamson County. It is a central component to the quality of life in this county. While I appreciate all the incredible work from the administration and teachers in WCS, we do have to continue to innovate. We need to invest in our teachers. Bricks and mortar are important, but the 21st century skill sets needed are equally important. As county commissioner, I will be a strong advocate for new resources to continue to innovate the curriculum.
Over the past decade, we have seen dramatic growth in Williamson County. What was primarily a residential neighborhood community with a supportive retail sector has really transformed greatly with incredible growth in almost every area of the county. As a District 10 county commissioner, my focus will be on looking for creative ways to preserve the historical and residential character of our county and improve the balance with our expanding areas of growth. More specifically, as your county commissioner, I would work to make the best decisions possible with a fact-driven data approach that serves all our county residents.
Living in Franklin, I appreciate the rich history of the Battle of Franklin and its role in one of our country's darker chapters. This history is entwined with the struggle for racial equality. As a county commissioner, I would be a strong advocate to continue support for this national treasure and advocate for resources to continue to develop historical context.
Our country has been in a high-intensity conflict with troops on the ground for 17 years. As a county, we need to anticipate the long-term needs of our returning soldiers. My concern is that not enough time has been taken to investigate veteran needs. Given my personal connection, as a county commissioner, I want to spend some time to know how we are doing as a county for our veterans and see how we can help.
In this year alone, we are averaging 1 school shooting every 3 days. These include the horrific events like Parkland, but suicides, and accidental shootings as well. These are important conversations to prioritize immediately in the county. We need to act quickly. Parkland was a community remarkably like our own. As a veteran of the Gulf War, I cannot 'un-see' the destruction and death I saw. I absolutely feel for these young people in Parkland. My war was almost 30 years ago and I still recall those images instantly. We need to not be afraid to discuss what we can do pragmatically now and act. As county commissioner, I will advocate investment in additional security, training for our kids, and for investigating additional intervention programs.