Larry Tomlinson has announced his candidacy for re-election to the Wilson County School Board. Tomlinson stated he is running for re-election because he is committed to Wilson County Schools and is a strong advocate for the school system in promoting a message that we are relentless in providing our students, teachers, administrators, system employees and parents the best public school education, provided by the best school system they deserve.
He said, "I am confident in sharing with Wilson County taxpayers that we are diligent in providing an excellent education for all students as well as being good stewards of their tax dollars."
Tomlinson's public service began in 1978 when he was elected to the Wilson County Commission. He served in that capacity for 12 years representing the 6th district. In 1998, he was elected to the Wilson County School Board and was re-elected twice, serving a total of 10 years. In 2008, he chose not to run; however, in 2013 he was appointed by the Wilson County Commission to fill an unexpired term to which he was re-elected in 2014 for a two-year term. He is currently serving his second year as chairman of the school board.
Tomlinson is the current director of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, a position he assumed in 2000. Prior to that time, he worked for Ford Motor Company's Glass Division for 33 years. He was raised in the Centerville community in Northeast Wilson County and attended Wilson County public schools and Cumberland University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Wilson County's Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a member of the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Pam are members of Lebanon's First Baptist Church. They are the parents of two daughters, Leslie, a teacher at Southside Elementary School, and Jennifer, a nurse. The Tomlinsons have six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all of whom either have been or will be products of the Wilson County School System.
In making his announcement, Tomlinson said, "We have an excellent school system, which has been validated multiple times in the last two years by state and national recognition, and we will continue to strive for the very best education for all students as we live up to our mission statement: 'Excellence in all we do.'"