By EMILY R. WEST
Keeping his seat for another four years, school board chairman Gary Anderson will also keep decades of experience on the Williamson County School Board.
Anderson won with 1,038 votes from District Five voters spanning from Nolensville to the Kirkland community. His opponent, Julie Mauck, earned 392 votes.
“It feels great to win,” Anderson said after his victory. “I’m going to the Williamson County Fair to celebrate. I have a lot of friends and supporters and we are having a good time and celebrating the victory.”
At least 888 residents voted early, totaling 6.7 percent of the 13,075 registered. Both Mauck and Anderson received endorsements from various organizations including the Williamson Business PAC, the WillCo Rising and the Williamson County Republican Party. Anderson said his campaign strategy was focused on getting people active and involved.
“I realized I needed to get engaged,” he said. “That’s the way people are communicating. I had to get in the game with it, and I knew it was what had to be done and telling the things I did. I am not used to talking about all the stuff I do.”
As far as what he wants to accomplish on the board for the next four years, he said, “It’s the will of the board and I will be more than happy.”
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 and some of his grandchildren currently attend schools in the system.
Anderson has spent the past 26 years on the Williamson County School Board, this year as chairman. He first ran for the position in 1990.
A Middle Tennessee State University graduate and Realtor, Mauck has one child in college and her three youngest are still in the Williamson system. Mauck has moved twice to Williamson County just for the schools.
Emily West covers Franklin and Williamson County government and schools for Home Page Media Group. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter via @emwest22.