Lori Clemons runs for Williamson County Commission
Lori Clemons, a research coordinator and Thompson's Station resident, has become the first Democrat to file her petition to run for the Williamson County Commission.
Clemons, 33, will run for office in District 2, which has incumbents Betsy Hester and Judy Herbert also running for the two available seats. All three women have filed their petitions.
Originally from Lawrence County, Clemons moved to Williamson County in 2014.
"I fell in love with the place," she said.
This election is her first time to run for office. In conjunction with running for the county commission, Clemons also will run as one of 28 women statewide who have joined Emerge Tennessee, which is a six-month program teaching Democratic women how to run for public office. She is also a part of the Williamson County Democratic Party.
At the forefront of her mind, she would like to continue to address education funding in Williamson County. Already in 2018, residents will go to the polls to decide on a sales tax referendum to help the short-term issue to fund school construction. Two new schools will open in her district in August.
"A lot of other people in the past year inspired me to get involved in Williamson County Schools," Clemons said. "I have increasing concerns about public school funding. My daughter will be in the school system in the next four years. We want Williamson County to remain the best place."
Clemons also would like to look at better transportation corridors as the Thompson's Station area continues to grow.
"The town has been dealing a lot with how to balance residential growth and how to keep that sustainable," she said. "And that’s something I would like to work on as a county commissioner."