Know the candidates on your District 61 ballot before you vote


Know the candidates on your District 61 ballot before you vote

By EMILY R. WEST

District 61 has had a quiet campaign season since the August primary.

But for those who want to get a head start, early voting starts Wednesday, Oct. 19, among seven different locations throughout Williamson County.

But before you go to the polls, make sure you know who the candidates are, what they stand for, and their perspectives on the issues. The District 61 ballot will have one state house candidate and congressional candidates.

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

Serving 19 counties, Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood) wants to keep her seat in United States Congress for the Tennessee Seventh District.

Blackburn – a former Tennessee state senator – has held her seat in office since 2002. She’s currently holds a seat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving as vice chair. The committee is a hodgepodge with jurisdiction over health care, energy regulation, and telecommunications issues.

She’s also been in the political back and forth over abortion with Planned Parenthood since 2015.  She now serves as the chair to the Select Investigative Panel. It reviews the abortion business as a whole along with medical procedures.

While she does have opposition, they have been primarily quiet since they pulled papers in April. She will face Tharon Chandler (Democrat) and Leonard Ladner (Independent).

Charles Sargent

For those in District 61, voters have a simple choice because they only have one option.

Running to serve another term in the state legislature, incumbent Charles Sargent (R-Franklin) will face no one on the ballot to keep his House seat. Sargent won over voters heavily in the Republican primary in August, defeating Steve Gawrys and Terrence Smith.

During the last year, Sargent helped secure funding for Williamson County Schools, coming through with $3 million to help pay for growth. The district could have otherwise lost that funding.

As Chairman of the Finance, Ways and Means Committee, Sargent handles budgetary matters and oversees bills that come through the committee, evaluating their budgetary impact.

Prior to his time on legislative plaza, Sargent served on the Williamson County Planning Commission for seven years and the Williamson County Commission for six years before becoming the District 61 House Representative in 1997.

Sargent is also involved with nonprofits Bridges, WAVES, CASA, My Friends House and others.

Though running unopposed, he still raised $7,410. He ended the third quarter with $106,978 on hand.

Here’s where you can early vote:
BRENTWOOD

The Brentwood Library
8109 Concord Road Brentwood, TN 37027
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays

FAIRVIEW

Fairview Recreation Center
2714 Fairview Boulevard Fairview, TN 37062
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays

FRANKLIN

Williamson County Administrative Complex (Election Commission)
1320 West Main Street Franklin, TN 37064
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays

The Factory at Franklin (near Liberty Hall)
230 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 37064
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays

Williamson County Ag Expo Center
4215 Long Lane, Franklin, TN 37064
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays

NOLENSVILLE

Nolensville Recreation Center
7250 Nolensville Road Nolensville, TN 37135
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays

SPRING HILL

Longview Recreation Center
2909 Commonwealth Drive Spring Hill, TN 37174
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Polls are open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at your designated Election Day polling place based on your residential address.

For more information visit www.williamsonvotes.net or download the GoVoteTN voter App or call the Election Commission office at (615) 790-5711.

Emily West covers the City of Franklin, education and high school football for the Franklin Home Page. Contact her at emily@franklinhomepage.com. Follow her on Twitter via @emwest22. 

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