By SUSAN LEATHERS
Though the next state primary is a year away, Cherie Hammond of Brentwood wants to be a state representative.
Though the next state primary is a year away, Williamson County Schools board member Cherie Hammond of Brentwood wants to be the Republican candidate for the District 63 seat in the state House of Representatives.
eThe seat is currently held by Glen Casada of Franklin. Casada, a former Williamson County Commissioner, is the Republican Caucus chair.
eeI feel like the time is right and Iem the right person,e Hammond told Brentwood Home Page Wednesday. She said that if elected she would bring fresh ideas and a fresh perspective to the office.
Hammond said she has been considering the race for some time. eI am excited to bring new energy, focus and ideas grounded in honesty, integrity and wisdom to the State House,e she said.
The former Ravenwood High School PTO president was tapped to become the newest member of the Williamson County Board of Education in January to finish the term of former District 6 rep Terry Leve.
Hammond also founded and chaired WCSe district-wide PTO Leadership Council. She has served in leadership roles as a WCS parent since 1998. She and her husband Dan Hammond have three children, two of whom are Ravenwood graduates. Her youngest son will be a RHS senior this school year.
A graduate of Miami University, Hammond is a CPA who has served as a staff accountant with Ernst & Whinney, a financial analyst with Health America Corp.; comptroller of corporate accounting and vice president of mergers and acquisitions for Jacques-Miller, Inc., and worldwide consolidations supervisor for Berol Corporation.
Her community activities include serving on boards and in leadership positions with the Hoover Hope Foundation, Mercy Ministries and the Education Foundation of Williamson County. She has also been active as a volunteer and board member of numerous youth sports leagues.
Hammond has filed her first campaign financial report, but potential candidates cannot pick up petitions the first official step to becoming a candidate until Jan. 3, 2014. The qualifying deadline is April 3 and early voting opens July 18, 2014.
Among the state nominees to be selected in the August primary are Governor, U.S. Senate, 7th District U.S. House of Representatives, Districts 61, 63 and 65 Tennessee House of Representatives, and District 23 Tennessee State Senate.
The winners of the state primary will continue on to the State General Election Municipal Elections on Nov. 4, 2014.