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Smithson announces re-election bid for Brentwood City Commission

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Brentwood City Commissioner Regina Smithson picked up her petition Monday, announcing her decision to run for re-election in 2021. 

Accompanying her were husband, John, and daughter, Cynthia Shelden. By 4 p.m. Monday, Smithson gathered enough signatures to turn the petition back in for the May 4, 2021, Brentwood municipal election.

First elected in 1991, Smithson has served as both Brentwood mayor and vice mayor twice. 

“My priorities are family, God, friends and Brentwood,” she said. 

One accomplishment Smithson is proud of during her time on the commission is Brentwood expanding its city parks to more than 1,100 acres. When she joined the commission, there were only 81 acres of parks. 

She also strongly pushed for $2.4 million to be designated from taxes toward the STEM building at Brentwood High School. 

Smithson has served two terms on the Brentwood Planning Commission, environmental boards and initiated the Brentwood Historic Commission with Vance Little. 

Being fiscally responsible is important to Smithson. 

“We had the good sense to create a big equipment fund allowing us to purchase our last firetruck with cash,” she said. “I have never raised property taxes, and the years I’ve served on the commission, we went from A-plus to AAA rating with Standard & Poor’s and with Moody.”  

Smithson is a mother of three children and has 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

She can be reached at 615-371-2200, ext. 2410, or by email at

Brentwood voters will choose three city commissioners in the May 4, 2021, municipal election. Early voting will run from April 14-29, and the voter registration deadline is April 5. Candidates have until Feb. 18 at noon to hand in their petitions.

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