Lori Clemons - District 2 Candidate
Williamson Herald Interview
NAME AS IT APPEARS ON BALLOT:
OFFICE BEING SOUGHT AND DISTRICT:
County Commissioner, 2nd District
Have you previously run for or held a position in public office? If so, please list the office and the dates of your term. No.
Occupation: Clinical/Translational Research Coordinator
Education: BA Psychology and MA Experimental Psychology both from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Since 2012 I’ve been a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) through the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA)
Family: Husband, Rob, married for 3 years. He’s self-employed as a software engineer; 1-year-old daughter-Skylar; 12-year-old dog-Sebastian (border collie/cocker spaniel mix) adopted from the humane society when he was 6 months old.
Community/Civic Affiliations: Member of the Williamson County Democratic Party. Alum of Emerge TN.
1. What will your top three priorities be during your four-year term? Because it’s vital to reduce class size by hiring more teachers and to equip every school with necessary resources to ensure every student succeeds, my top priorities are to listen to Williamson County residents and work with the board and the community on urging the state legislature to increase funds for education.
Other goals are to strengthen the tax base to better address citizens’ needs without neglecting infrastructure; increase workforce housing so that police officers, firefighters and teachers can live where they serve; and work with the Chamber of Commerce on achieving smarter economic development
2. What is the biggest challenge facing Williamson County? How would you solve it? The rate of growth fuels the issues we experience: school funding, traffic and housing developments. Residents tell me daily they want the traffic snarls we all sit in and the overcrowded schools our kids attend, to be addressed.
The county should ensure proper infrastructure is in place before expansion. Ways to do that include assessing roads to see if they can accommodate the influx of traffic, establishing a long-term water plan, and recommending new housing developments set aside land for a school and fire station. These strategies could lessen growing pains while still maintaining our high quality of life.