NAME AS IT APPEARS ON BALLOT: Wyatt Rex
OFFICE SOUGHT: Brentwood City Commission
ADDRESS: 5320 Stonewall Place, Brentwood, TN 37027
OCCUPATION: District manager at Abbott Laboratories.
EDUCATION: Master’s degree from Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.
FAMILY: Wife, Rachel Fletcher Allen, son, Jackson Rex Allen, daughter, Mary Fletcher Allen.
COMMUNITY/CIVIC AFFILIATIONS: Member, Brentwood United Methodist Church.
Have you ever run for or held a position in public office? If so, please name the office(s). No
Why did you decide to run for this office?
Fifty years ago, Brentwood was incorporated and with that built a solid foundation for planned and controlled growth. Controlled growth which is privilege and entrusted to the Brentwood City commissioners to maintain and preserve.
Raised in Brentwood, I’m fully aware of the history of Brentwood. I remember seeing “Back to the Future II” in Brentwood Plaza Theatre. I remember farm land before subdivisions. I remember a time before Brentwood had its existing parks.
Like many in the community, I moved to Brentwood for a quality of life that was built on the foundation of one-home-per-acre density and the best county school system in Tennessee. Hopefully we don’t see the first 50 years of Brentwood as a burden but a blueprint for the next 50 years that is worth preserving. Brentwood is a special place, and I would be honored to represent the community.
What do you believe are the top three issues that need to be addressed in the city and how would you address those issues?
Controlled growth/low density. Low-density zoning is a pillar value of Brentwood residents and must be maintained and must not be compromised. This should always be and expectation not subject to negotiation.
Prioritizing Brentwood schools. Families move to Brentwood for two main reasons, one home per acre and the best in state county school system. Brentwood has the highest assessed property values of any city in the entire state yet it has become acceptable to have portable classrooms within our Brentwood schools. I do not believe that portable should be an acceptable practice to handle overflow especially considering the Brentwood provides a disproportionate share of the assessed property value.
Traffic. This will always be an issue given Brentwood’s proximity to high growth in Nashville and Franklin and other nearby cities. I don’t believe there is a current long-term plan to address these issues related to traffic but Brentwood needs to be prepared to address the growth in Brentwood and beyond.
What makes you the best candidate for the position of city commissioner?
As a product of Brentwood and a Brentwood resident, I have a unique perspective on the history of Brentwood and what draws people to raise their families within Brentwood. Four years from now, I want you to say that I was invested in maintaining the values that make Brentwood unique, prioritized low-density development, dedicated his focus to maintain and add valuable green space, worked with county leadership to see that Brentwood schools have the facilities and infrastructure necessary and inspired others to be passionate about the preserving Brentwood.
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?
I think you will consistently see pressure to maintain the low-density structure given the development in the surrounding areas. This is non-negotiable with me. Low density is what makes Brentwood the best place to live in the state of Tennessee.
I think most Brentwood residents want to see the quality of life maintained. I do not believe that the community wants to be Green Hills or Franklin. Brentwood wants to be Brentwood.
I’m running to preserve Brentwood’s values.