Longtime city and county official Jim Bradshaw has announced his candidacy for the office of mayor of Mt. Juliet.
"I have the leadership abilities, planning skills and credentials to serve as Mt. Juliet mayor. I served as Mt. Juliet city commissioner, District 4, for 17-plus years, from March 1997 until November 2014. I also served as Wilson County commissioner from September 2010 until September 2014," he said.
"I enjoy working for the citizens of Mt. Juliet and want to see more improvements," Bradshaw continued, stating his concerns about the continued development of apartment complexes in an already congested area. "We need to be more proactive on developments, making sure our traffic and transportation system can handle the increased traffic on our existing road system. As the mayor of Mt. Juliet, I will exercise my option to serve on the regional planning commission, who also appoints the remainder of the commission members.
"I would like to see more of the funds in the budget allotted to the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, and I am in support of more grants for charities and non-profit agencies," he added.
"I want businesses to have the right to install electronic signs, an option they currently do not have. I want to see more family facilities, parks, walking and biking trails and sidewalks and to improve existing recreational areas. I listen to the people. I am available to the citizens of Mt. Juliet and invite them to contact me at (615) 545-7784."
Bradshaw concluded his announcement by stating, "I am continually planning and participating in community events. I am a public servant, and I have the desire to serve the citizens of Mt. Juliet as their mayor. I will bring that desire, my credentials, leadership and planning skills to the office of the mayor. I appreciate your vote for mayor."