FIRST ROUND OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY CANDIDATES PULL PETITIONS FOR LOCAL OFFICES
Four more Democrats pulled petitions today to run for county offices this election year, bringing the total to seven in less than a week. Of the new candidates, first-timers Jennifer Haile and Erin Crawford joined Courtenay Rogers and Kenneth Townsend, who previously sought public office in 2016 and 2018 respectively.
“The Williamson County Democratic Party represents more than 50,000 Democrats throughout Williamson County who deserve to be heard,” said WCDP Chair Jenn Foley. “It’s time to accelerate our progress locally and across the state of Tennessee in terms of both candidate recruitment and support.”
Haile, running for county school board in District 10, says her main reason for seeking office centers on the importance for diverse groups to have representation in the community.
“As a Williamson County parent,” said Haile, “I will ensure that all voices are heard and supported in our schools.”
Crawford, mom to a Page High School senior and Page Middle School 8th grader, is seeking to become county commissioner in District 12.
"Too many times I've shown up to vote in local elections without a candidate that reflects my heart and progressive values,” she said. “I want to be that candidate for my like-minded neighbors and strengthen our shared ideals within the County Commission."
Rogers, who ran an inspiring campaign in 2016 for state representative in District 63, is running for District 10 county commissioner. Joining her on the District 10 county commissioner ballot is Townsend, a former candidate for District 8 county commission in 2018. Rogers and Townsend are aligned with Williams and Crawford in their desire to advocate for all voices in the community, especially the underrepresented and vulnerable.
Democratic candidates who pulled their petitions last week include LaRhonda Williams (District 1 county commissioner), Johanna Carter (District 11 county commissioner) and Andrew Becker (county clerk).
Although she is a first-time candidate, Williams is not new to public service. From working as a Judicial Commissioner for Williamson County to serving as a member of the Parks and Recreational Board, Williams cites wanting to continue serving as a voice for Fairview residents as her primary reason for seeking office.
“I appreciate the work our current county commissioner has done,” she said, “but it’s time for a fresh set of eyes and a new voice.”