NAME AS IT APPEARS ON BALLOT: Stevan Pippin
OFFICE SOUGHT: Brentwood City Commission
ADDRESS: 912 Sunnyhill Road, Brentwood, TN
OCCUPATION: Songwriter, producer, actor, singer, voiceover talent in music and entertainment industry.
EDUCATION: Plans for college (dental school) diverted by an early call to a music career. Real-life learning continues daily.
FAMILY: Married 39 years to wife, Leslie (12-year WCS board member); daughters Lindsay and Melody, son Stevan Jr., all of whom live in Middle Tennessee.
Have you ever run for or held a position in public office? If so, please name the office(s). I currently serve as vice chairman of the Brentwood Planning Commission (fourth year).
Why did you decide to run for this office?
To continue my service to the city on a different board, with the goal of attaining a different perspective and deeper understanding of the city and its functions and participating in ways that will be productive and beneficial to all.
What do you believe are the top three issues that need to be addressed in the city and how would you address those issues?
1.) Protect low-density residential zoning, preventing urban sprawl and preserving character.
2.) Smart management of all growth through thoughtful ordinances and competent planning.
3.) Fiduciary excellence through responsible budget stewardship and commonsense capital improvements strategies, creating a sound sustainable financial environment where no tax increases are needed.
These three are key to assuring that all other issues (schools, infrastructure, fire and police, parks and facilities, library) have a strong foundational base on which to operate and thrive.
What makes you the best candidate for the position of city commissioner?
I am a 37-plus-year resident of Brentwood. I know the city. I know firsthand what makes it unique, and I will stand firm to keep it that way. I serve now not out of a love for politics but out of a love for this city, and will continue to do so.
Brentwood is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and the city has seen a lot of changes over the past half century, while some things have remained the same. What issues do you foresee affecting Brentwood over the next ten years and beyond? What would you like to see change or stay the same?
Traffic is/will be an issue. Virtually every city that is in a growth zone has traffic management issues, and Brentwood is no exception.
I believe in keeping low-density residential zoning and green spaces encouraged and protected, both of which are very important components in helping mitigate urban sprawl and traffic density.