Tennessean Feb 4 — Meet the candidates running for Brentwood City Commission

Meet the candidates running for Brentwood City Commission

More than half of the seats on the Brentwood City Commission could see new faces in May.

As of Jan. 30, six candidates had filed petitions to run for the board. Those include incumbent commissioners Anne Dunn and Ken Travis, whose seats are up for re-election on the seven-member board.

The other four candidates are Nelson Andrews, Susannah Macmillan, John Magyar and Terrence Smith.

The qualifying deadline to run for the Brentwood City Commission is noon Feb. 21. Early voting will run from April 17 through May 2, and election day is scheduled for May 7.

About the candidates

A Brentwood native, Nelson Andrews decided to run for city commission after Mayor Jill Burgin and Commissioner Betsy Crossley announced they wouldn’t seek re-election late last year.

“At some point, you think, maybe I don’t need to cheer from the sidelines. Maybe I need to step on the field right here,” Andrews said.

Andrews, who is president of Andrews Cadillac, said he would bring the perspective of a person active in the business community to the board. His top priority, if elected, is maintaining the city’s “unique identity.”

“Brentwood is part of a rapidly growing region, and I don’t want to see it losing what makes it special,” Andrews said.

He credited the city for its commitment to a high quality of life, including its parks system — something he wants to continue to enhance.

Anne Dunn

Dunn, who made history as Brentwood’s first female mayor in the 1990s, is running for her seventh term on the commission.

“In Brentwood, people want a family-oriented community,” she said. “I think our low density is important to them, and we need a healthy balance between commercial and residential,” she said.

Dunn is proud of the work she’s put in over the decades, from helping with the acquisition of land for Crockett and Smith parks, to overseeing a city budget that hasn’t required a property tax increase in nearly 30 years.

“I’m very proud of the fact that we run a very efficient government and manage our money, because if you don’t do that, you can’t do any of the other things,” she said.

For the original article and more on all the candidates, visit the Tennessean here.

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