The Republican Party of Rutherford County, Tennessee

Smyrna candidate profiles and voting records

Smyrna candidate profiles and voting records

Never before has a Presidential election shown such a clear difference in the governing ideology between Republicans and Democrats, Conservatives and Liberals.  We know how very important it is to have good conservative elected officials on all levels of government, especially locally and during this election cycle, which has already begun, we have the opportunity to vote for three councilmen in the Town of Smyrna.  Due to the government charter, these positions do not declare a party when running.

In an attempt to provide insight into the governing ideology of these candidates, your local party has compiled the following profiles.  The voting records are public information available from the election commission and all other details are provided by the candidates.

Please note that the voting records show the primary election preference of each candidate (D = Democrat, R= Republican) and the listing has the most recent election listed first.

Rutherford County Republican Party

Chairman
Donna Barrett


Bradley R Austin

Left message at phone number listed on election commission records; no reply as of date of this voter guide.

Voting History:
2016 – R
2014 – R
2012 – R


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Timothy D Morrell

Marital status: Married
Children: 4 children and 8 grandchildren
Educational Experience: BA University of Texas at Arlington
Work Experience: Insurance Agent, Miller Loughry Beach Insurance

Why you are running for this position: I have spent the last 8 years serving on the Smyrna Town Council and serving on the Smyrna Planning Commission.My focus has been on improving the quality of life for our Town while providing an affordable lifestyle for our residents. Smyrna is the 14th largest city in Tennessee with the 3rd lowest tax rate. In Rutherford County, only Eagleville has a lower tax rate.
For an infrastructure perspective just to name a few,  we are working on our capacities at our water and waste water plants. As far as roads, we are currently working on intersection improvements at Stonecrest and Sam Ridley as well as Weakley and Swan. We are in the final phases of our Town’s traffic signal synchronization plan that we greatly more traffic on our major roadways. For Sam Ridley, we have presented options to the State for improvements and hope they will allow us to move forward.
I’ve worked hard through planning and in joint meetings to expand educational opportunities in Smyrna through Motlow Community College and the new TCAT facility across from Nissan.
I serve as the Town’s representative to the Rutherford County Economic Council with a focus of bringing more jobs to Smyrna. The jobs have varied from professional to manufacturing and to retail. We are part of a County that has an overall unemployment rate of 3.8%. This is well below the national average.
The growth of retail and service businesses has contributed largely to our ability to maintain a low tax rate.
I currently serve on the Lowry Street Improvement Committee. I focus is to revitalize that area of town. Our early results have included the branding and revitalization of the Depot District. We just came off of a highly successful Depot Days event.
I’ve worked to increase access to specialized medical care through the establishment of a medical corridor via planning and through relationship building with Stonecrest Hospital.
I also contribute personally to the community. I am a Paul Harris member of the Rotary Club of Smyrna as well as serving on the Board of Trustees for our club. I have also served on the board of directors for both the North Rutherford YMCA and the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties. I have also worked many hours of service work for Habitat for Humanity and the Smyrna Senior Citizens Center.
In short, I want to continue to serve in order to make Smyrna a place where we and our future generations will want to live, work and play.

Campaign contact information: (link to website, Facebook page – Tim Morrell for Smyrna Town Council; Gmail – timmorrellforsmyrnatowncouncil@gmail.com

Voting History:
2016 – R
2014 – R
2012 – R
2010 – R
2008 – D
2006 – R
2004 – D
2002 – R
1998 – R


Yvonne R Peebles

Left message at phone number listed on election commission records; no reply as of date of this voter guide.

Voting History:
2016 – D
2014 – R
2010- D
8/2006 – D
5/2006 – R


Steven R Sullivan

Marital Status: Married 24 Years.. Pam McPherson Sullivansteven-sullivan
Children: Kevin (17), Stephanie (20)
Educational Experience: Smyrna High Graduate – 1989, BA in Management and Human Relations, Master of Business Administration – Both from Trevecca Nazarene University
Work Experience:
United States Marine Corp – Infantry, Desert Shield/Storm Veteran
Owner ServiceMaster Building Service – 1992-1996
Service Delivery Manager – IBM Global Services 1996-2012
Nissan Americas – Manager of IS – Messaging and Mobility 2012 – Current

Why you are running for this position: I have spent the last 30 years in Smyrna and ~16 years volunteering for various organizations. I currently serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Athletic Committee. I am the president of the Smyrna Adult Softball League, and have been for the last 9 years. Throughout this time, I have seen Smyrna grow exponentially, and based on current trends expect the growth to continue at the current rate or even faster. As a town we have to be proactive in our planning, budgeting and spending, to ensure we are in a position to handle this growth. Over the next four years, I want to work with the current council members and Mayor to set a proactive growth strategy into motion and work to close the gaps in our infrastructure needs. Projects like the Lowry Street Revitalization, Sam Ridley Traffic, Rocky Fork Interchange and the Park at Morton Lane, just to name a few. To fund these future needs, we will need to continue to grow our sales tax revenues, along with other sources of income. The investment in to our future, will ensure property taxes stay low, and increase property values. I want help continue to make Smyrna a place families want to live, and folks want to retire. I believe I am one of the most experienced candidates for Town Council and with my experience in business, leadership and management, I believe I can provide value to the Town Council, Mayor and the Town of Smyrna as a whole.  

Voting History:
2016 – R


Michelle Mastin Wesnofskemichelle-m-wesnofske

Marital Status: I am married to Bruce Wesnofske
Children: I have three adult sons, Brennan (former US Marine), Nick (former US Air Forces), and Zack (current US Navy).
Educational Experience: I graduated from Smyrna High School, Bulldog Class of ‘84.  I  was Class of ’87 Valedictorian at United Technical Institute with a degree in Healthcare Administration.  I have continued studies at MTSU and Motlow Community College in Smyrna.
Work Experience: I worked in health and safety for twenty years, focusing mainly on the construction industry and earned my General Contractor’s license in 2010.  I previously owned a small commercial excavation company and am currently managing administration at a small service company in Smyrna.

Why you are running for this position: I am running for Smyrna Town Council because I believe we need to become aggressive towards more industrial economic growth.  It has been almost thirty years since our town’s leaders took proactive steps towards preparations to attract and attain industrial growth in Smyrna.  Those steps included installing the utility trunk line down Hart’s Branch in order to service the site that became LaVergne High School.  That trunk line was the precursor necessary for the retail growth that we have experienced on Sam Ridley Parkway.   We have a fantastic retail market on the west end of Sam Ridley and while I am proud to have those shopping and dining opportunities, that growth has negatively impacted our traffic volume and we don’t appear to be very aggressive about solving that problem either.  Our current council has informed us that an additional interchange at Rocky Fork Road is at least 15 – 18 years away. This is indicated by the fact that our Capital Improvements Plan thru 2021 shows a mere $50,000 allocated towards that interchange, while a substantial $4 M towards another park within the next three years. Smyrna has a beautiful park system and we all enjoy it immensely, but we have 13 parks in 23 square miles.  We need to shift our focus on the economic growth necessary to finance these parks into the future.
Geographically, we are in an excellent location for industry.  We are 15 minutes from three major interstates that can take product in all directions on the compass.  Expanding our utilities out Almaville Road or Jefferson Pike gives industry access to 840 and unlimited possibilities, but we have got to be aggressive about being ready to accommodate this growth.  We are NOT, at present, preparing to do so.  A proactive approach to  infrastructure allows us to have control over the development of the area and the costs associated with growth.  This type of forward thinking lead us to attracting Nissan North America in the 1980’s and can lead to more revenue generating industry and the creation of more local jobs for our future.  I would like to be the catalyst for that refocus.

Campaign contact information: Facebook page “Michelle For Smyrna” or email at: michelleforsmyrna@gmail.com

Voting History:
2016 – R
2014 – R
2012 – R
2004 – R
1998 – R
1996 – R


Dennis Franklin Johnson

Spoke with a lady at phone number listed on election commission records, was told there was no Mr. Johnson there.

Voting History:
8/2016 – D
3/2016 – R
2014 – R
2012 – D
2010 – D
2008 – D
2006 – D
2004 – D
2002 – D
2000 – D
1998 – D
1996 – D


Robert H New

Attempted at phone number listed on election commission records, recording said it was a non working number.

 Voting History:
2016 – D
2014 – D
2012 – D
2010 – D
2008 – D
2006 – D
2004 – D
2002 – R
2000 – D
1998 – D
1996 – D