Know your Franklin school board candidate options

Know your Franklin school board candidate options

Know your candidates before you head to the early voting polls this upcoming week.

Those who live in Franklin, Fairview and the unincorporated parts of Williamson County have plenty of options on their ballots for those running for the Williamson County School Board.

For residents in Williamson County wanting to get a head start, early voting lasts between now and July 30.

The two early voting polling stations are at the county Election Commission Office, located at 1320 West Main Street in Franklin, and the Brentwood Library, located at 8109 Concord Road in Brentwood. Hours for early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. The polls will be closed on Sundays.

In the last week of July, additional locations will open up for early voting. Starting on Monday, July 25, voters can go to the Fairview Recreation Center, located at 2714 Fairview Boulevard in Fairview; the Longview Recreation Center in Spring Hill, located at 2909 Commonwealth Drive in Spring Hill; and the Nolensville Recreation Center, located at 7250 Nolensville Road in Nolensville.

Hours at these locations will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and on Saturday, July 30, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Early voting will end on Saturday, July 30.

Here are your school board choices broken down by district.

District 1- Rick Davis

Leiper’s Fork dad and county worker Richard Davis said he would now like to have a say on the Williamson School Board after his family has been invested in the county for decades.

Davis said his family has been in Williamson County since 1790, though Davis didn’t start living in what he joked as the suburbs of Kingfield until he was 5. His dad’s career in the Navy shuffled them around before then.

He currently has two children in school – a son at Independence High School and a daughter at Hillsboro.

This second quarter, he raised $1,450 and only spent $200. His biggest contributors were Cynthia Miller, of Brentwood, and the candidate himself. He has no outstanding loans.

District 1 – Angela Durham

Fairview mom Angela Durham said she wants to become an ear for parent opinions and an instrument to help the school system grow in a positive way if she is elected to the District One seat of the Williamson County School Board.

Growing up in Memphis, Durham moved to Nashville to attend Lipscomb University. She has her bachelor’s degree in management and her master’s degree in business administration. She currently works for AMSURG as vice president of anesthesia service, and has worked there for the last six years. She and her husband moved their two kids from Bellevue to Williamson County for the school system.

She said she’s enjoyed living in Fairview because of the mix of people and the cluster of schools that still consist of a clean feeder pattern. She has previously worked in both the elementary and middle school PTOs while her fourth- and six-graders attend school. She said serving on the PTO gave her a sense of the inner workings of the schools in Fairview.

This quarter she raised $1,200 in campaign dollars. Approximately $500 came from the WillCo Rising PAC after its endorsement of her and another $700 came from her.

District 4 – Joey Czarneski

Franklin parent Joey Czarneski said he wants to ensure smooth growth and propel Williamson County Schools forward if elected to the unexpired District Four school board seat.

He will run against incumbent Anne McGraw. His name was previously thrown into consideration during the nomination process last fall when Paul Bartholomew left the term when he announced his resignation last summer. For the last three years, three different people have maintained the District Four seat.

Czarneski was born in Cookeville, but has lived in Franklin for the past decade. His wife is an educator at Scales Elementary, where his son is enrolled. Previously, he ran for an at-large alderman seat for the City of Franklin Board of Mayor and Alderman.

This quarter he raised $2,439. His biggest contribution came from Cynthia Miller, of Brentwood. He has $1,618 left on hand.

District 4 – Anne McGraw

Hoping to continue her unexpired term in District Four, Anne McGraw said she hopes to use her now year long experience to help parents and students transition through rezoning in a Williamson County area potentially the most impacted.

McGraw, a mother of two daughters and Atlanta native, works for Nissan North America. She received her bachelor’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. She regularly helps with PTO at Trinity Elementary School, where her daughters attend. She moved to the Nashville area eight years ago, and relocated to Franklin three years ago for her job and the public school system.

In her first year on the board, she said she was able to learn a lot that could prove helpful in continuing the term left open when Paul Bartholomew announced his resignation last summer. For the last three years, three different people have maintained the District Four seat.

She has raised $4,950 during the second quarter. Her biggest contributions came from Doug Young, of Franklin, and the WillCo Rising PAC that endorsed her earlier this summer. She is left with $4,442 on hand and started out the quarter with $2,032.

District 5 – Gary Anderson

Nolensville’s Gary Anderson said he will run based on his experience when it comes to keeping his board seat in the Fifth District.

Anderson has spent the past 25 years on the Williamson County School Board, and this year has acted as chairman. He first ran for the position in 1990.

Anderson works in education as the assistant superintendent of Mufreesboro City Schools for his day job, where he’s over finance and nine different departments. The school board veteran put his children through Williamson schools with some of his grandchildren currently attending the system.

He raised $3,404 and spent $2,135. He has $2,269 left on hand with one loan outstanding totaling $1,969.

His biggest contributors came from the Williamson Business PAC and the WillCo Rising PAC.

District 5 – Julie Mauck

Nolensville mother of four Julie Mauck said she would like to tighten down on textbooks and smooth over education standards for special needs students if she were elected into the District Five position of the Williamson School Board.

A Middle Tennessee State University graduate and Realtor, Mauck has one child in college and her three youngest are still in the Williamson system.

After adopting her youngest three children, she discovered two of them have lifelong learning disabilities, so Mauck made the decision to be a stay-at-home mother for several years.

She recently reinstated her real estate license and currently works with Crye-Leike Cool Springs.

Mauck raised $3,600 and spent $2,880. Her biggest contributions came from Tracy Miller, of Brentwood; Jeff Besler, of Nashville; and Noralee Nelson, of Franklin.

District 9 – Denise Boothby

Raising two kids in Williamson County Schools, mom Denise Boothby said she has waited years for the right opportunity to run for the District Nine seat.

She will run against incumbent Rick Wimberly, who has held the position for the last four years.

Boothby’s children had different experiences going through the system. Her oldest son had dyslexia and trouble with audibly processing at the same speed as his classmates. Needing a different way to learn, he went through an individualized education program.

Boothby said she wants to bring the perspective of her two different experiences — her youngest son could adapt to the school tempo and way of learning of his classmates — to the board and potentially shed insight on how the system could better address the needs of all children.

She raised $5,400 and spent $2,135. She will end the quarter with $3,464. Her biggest contributors were Tracy Miller, of Brentwood; Jeanne Locante, of Franklin; and Stuart Anderson, of Franklin.

District 9 – Rick Wimberly

After four years of serving on the Williamson school board, Rick Wimberly is hoping to keep his District Nine seat for another term.

District Nine covers a vast amount of territory from Hillsboro Elementary to Winstead Elementary School.

Wimberly has been surrounded by educators in his family, from his dad’s superintendent seat to his wife teaching in the Williamson school system. Four of his children went through the local schools, with two of them now in education occupations.

The Grassland dad moved to Williamson County after a job transfer. After working in TV and radio for two decades, he transitioned to the president of Galain Solutions, Inc. which provides consulting services for emergency alerts.

He’s also on the Board of Trustees of the Education Foundation for Williamson County and was the founding chair. He also volunteers with the Boy Scout Troop 444 and served on the Parish Council for St. Philip Church.

In his spare time, he also helps with Destination Imagination, which promotes creative problem solving through an array of competitions.

Wimberly raised $5,620 this quarter and only spent $1,548. He is left with $4,361. His biggest contributor were the WillCo Rising PAC and the Williamson Business PAC.

District 11 – KC Haugh

Franklin’s KC Haugh said his focus if elected to the District 11 school board seat would revolve around smoothing the transition of rezoning his top priority.

A Wisconsin native, Haugh and his wife have two children who go to Centennial and Page Middle School. They found their way to Williamson when Haugh’s job offered him the opportunity to transfer with part of the pitch involving the school system.

Haugh works in information technology, and is currently the vice president of Information Technology at Store Opening Solutions. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He’s volunteered at his children’s schools throughout the last eight years, and started his PTO involvement at Winstead Elementary School.

He raised $5,002 and spent $1,371. He will end the quarter with $6,423 and had a balance of $2,792 from his first quarter report.

His biggest contributors were mostly in unitemized contributions and the WillCo Rising PAC.

District 11 – Stuart Cooper

While originally moving here to start a church, Franklin dad Stuart Cooper said he wanted to invest into Williamson schools by running for the District 11 seat.

Cooper, who has four children, works for a tech firm in Cool Springs. His daughter attends Page Middle with two of his other children going to Winstead Elementary School. His youngest will eventually go to Winstead. Before they attended Williamson schools, his wife Jenny home schooled their oldest two children for some of the elementary education.

Before moving to Franklin from Knoxville three years ago, Cooper attended the University of Tennessee for his undergraduate degree in speech communication. He went back to school a decade later to attend the Haslam College of Business for its executive MBA program.

He raised $3,779 this quarter and spent $2,611. He will end the quarter with $1,962 and started with $795. His campaign disclosure is missing one $500 with his campaign team sending an addition to the Williamson County Election Commission.

His biggest contributors were Larry Cooper, of Spring Hill and Tracy Miller, of Brentwood.

Emily West covers Franklin and Williamson County government and schools for Home Page Media Group. Contact her at Follow her on Twitter via @emwest22.

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