Early voting for city elections begin in Spring Hill on Friday, and residents will have several new names to choose from.
Five seats on the Spring Hill Board of Mayor and Aldermen are up for election this year, including the mayor’s office and an aldermanic seat from each of the city’s four wards. The board is comprised of the Spring Hill mayor and eight ward aldermen, two per ward, who work with the mayor on four-year terms to create city policies and approve an annual budget.
Current Mayor Rick Graham will exit his office at the end of the current term after serving eight years in the position, and Ward 1 Alderman Amy Wurth and Ward 2 Alderman Jeff Graves will also leave the board after election day.
Ward 4 Alderman Vincent Fuqua is leaving his alderman title behind to run for mayor, and Ward 3 Alderman Kevin Gavigan is the only member running for re-election to his current role.
For Spring Hill residents registered to vote, early voting begins on Friday, March 19, at the Winchester Community Building at 563 Maury Hill Street. Residents can cast their ballot between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from March 19-28, as well as 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from March 19 to April 3. Polls will be closed on Sundays and on April 2 in observance of Good Friday.
Election Day is April 8, and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at five different locations, each designated to certain voting precincts. For more information, visit MauryCounty-TN.gov/227/Election-Commission.
Listed below are the candidates running for the Spring Hill Board of Mayor and Alderman.
Jim Hagaman, mayoral candidate
A retired U.S. Air Force veteran and six-year member of the Spring Hill Board of Zoning Appeals, Jim Hagaman, 58, wants to approach the mayoral office with “a heart of service.”
In addition to numerous community involvements, such as serving as a volunteer firefighter and worship and youth leader, Hagaman has gained leadership experience not only in the military but also working at Vanderbilt University and Nashville General Hospital.
His top priorities for Spring Hill include focusing on “smart growth,” “properly equipping the police and fire departments,” and “ensuring greater livability.”
“Open space has not been preserved, overall traffic congestion has not been reduced, the existing infrastructure and resources are being excessively taxed and therefore, our quality of life is not as good as it should be,” Hagaman said. “Our city continues to issue building permits without the infrastructure in place to support the growth. I will work with the city officials, residents, business owners and developers to improve our infrastructure so that we can ensure that our growth happens in accordance with the [Unified Development Code].”
Vincent Fuqua, mayoral candidate
Local entrepreneur and current Ward 4 Alderman Vincent Fuqua, 36, is also running for mayor, hoping to further initiatives the board worked on during his first term as alderman.
“Having held seat in office, I am day-one ready to continue work,” he said. “With all of the plans in place and moving forward, it is important to further the community agenda — that is, to face roadway infrastructure aggressively, fix our sewer issues, practice responsible growth while making growth pay for itself and keep the community safe.”
In addition to his single term on the board, Fuqua has volunteered locally and serves on the preservation committee of the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County.
With roadway and water/sewer infrastructure as two of his main priorities should he be elected, Fuqua also wants to improve communication with the community by hiring a communication director and increasing the city’s social media presence “so residents better understand where tax dollars are going.”
“This will allow clear communication to the residents along with getting to know those who serve,” he said.
For more information about Fuqua, visit VincentFuqua.com and @FuquaforMayor on social media.
Jason Cox, Ward 1 aldermanic candidate
Jason Cox, 40, has lived in Spring Hill with his family for just over two years, and he wants to get involved in making the city a better place to live, work and play as a Ward 1 alderman.
Cox works in technology procurement, and while he has not held any public office, he believes his leadership experience has prepared him for the challenge.
“I treat other people how I want to be treated, and when I put my heart into something, I get results,” he said. “I’ve come from a large city as well, and I’ve watched them grow like Spring Hill is growing today.”
His top priorities include hiring a suitable permanent city administrator — currently, Pamela Caskie serves as the interim administrator — supporting water/sewer infrastructure by expanding the water treatment plant, and creating a plan for the Spring Hill Police Department headquarters.
“The city has flip-flopped for years on what will be done, and our police are impacted by that,” he said. “I’ve toured the headquarters and can tell you that, as this great city grows, we need to address this.”
Lee Elder, Ward 1 aldermanic candidate
Lee Elder is also listed on the ballot for Ward 1 Alderman, but he declined the Williamson Herald’s interview request, telling the Herald in an email that he “likely … will be dropping out of the race.”
William Pomeroy, Ward 2 aldermanic candidate
Historic preservation and criminal law attorney William Pomeroy, 36, is running unopposed in the city’s second ward.
A Brentwood native, Pomeroy moved to Spring Hill with his wife two years ago. He has never held a public office but shared that his leadership experience at a local church and service as legal advisor to the historic Spring Hill Cemetery have broadened his skills in engaging and working with different people in the community and that his military service helped him develop additional skills.
“As an army officer for seven years, I worked a variety of jobs, including budget, finance, security and management,” he said. “I believe this experience gives me a unique set of skills to help with management of city workers, budget and tax issues.”
Pomeroy shared that his top priorities for the city include infrastructure improvement, historical preservation and upgrading Spring Hill amenities.
Kevin Gavigan, Ward 3 aldermanic candidate
Lawyer and current alderman Kevin Gavigan, 34, is seeking re-election in Ward 3. After serving his first term, he said he is past the “learning curve” phase and is “prepared to lead with the boldness and urgency needed to limit explosive growth and fix the roads.”
A member of a local church, Tennessee Bankers Association, Spring Hill Transportation Advisory Committee and Tennessee Bar, Gavigan shared he believes in limiting government, touting his 2019 vote against increasing property tax; managing growth; and investing in road infrastructure, namely the new Interstate 65 interchange, Highway 31 widening and Buckner Lane/Road expansion set to finish over the next few years. He also wants to see an increased focus on parks and open space.
“The density of homes in the square block of Duplex to the south, Highway 31 to the west, I-65 to the east and Buckner to the north looks claustrophobic,” he said. “If we don’t invest in parks, trails, youth sports fields and other greenspaces, the city will run out of time and space to preserve it. I will undertake to invest heavily in this over the next four years.”
To learn more about Gavigan, visit Facebook.com/BankOnTheLawyer.
Brent Murray, Ward 3 aldermanic candidate
A general manager at CarMax Auto Superstore in Murfreesboro, Brent Murray, 54, believes his business experience in a top-100 Fortune 500 company will transfer to leadership in city government.
While he attends church in Thompson’s Station and volunteers in Murfreesboro, he wants to serve his home city of 11 years, Spring Hill, by being a voice for “friends, neighbors and constituents who love our city and want to see it continue to grow in a responsible way.”
He said he wants to be part of hiring an experienced city administrator; addressing water treatment, wastewater and road capacity issues, recognizing the many road projects already underway; and expanding recreational amenities.
“I would like us to find more ways to increase green space and finalize a public/private sports plex to not only meet the increasing recreational needs of our children and generate additional revenue for the city,” he said.
To learn more about Murray, visit Facebook.com/Candidate-elect-Brent-Murray-Alderman-Ward-3-105974678212055.
Angela Privett, Ward 3 aldermanic candidate
Realtor Angela Privett, 50, is pursuing what would be her first venture into public office “to help resolve some of the many issues we currently are facing as a fast-growing city.”
As a businessperson herself, she hopes to advocate for Spring Hill citizens and small business owners alike.
“As a real estate agent, I have worked in cities that were experiencing the pain of exponential growth. It is [in] these places that I learned a great deal about the importance of planning for the future,” she said.
Her approach on the board would be to operate “our government like a successful business,” which she said means funding top priorities first — she listed first responder agencies and city infrastructure — becoming “more aware of the needs of local citizens and small business owners,” and eliminating wasteful spending.
Trent Linville, Ward 4 aldermanic candidate
Attorney Trent Linville, 31, is running unopposed for the open alderman position in Ward 4.
“As an attorney, I have a great appreciation for the importance of crafting policy and legislation on the local level and how much it impacts day-to-day life,” he said. “Moreover, in my previous role on the executive leadership team at The Bridge Church, I know the reality of leading a budget process to strategize for rapid growth in which needs are many and resources are limited.”
Linville said while growth has made Spring Hill a great place to live, the city should “prioritize responsible growth and not simply growth for growth’s sake.”
For Linville, hiring “talented and high-performing” city staff is “the most pressing issue.” He also hopes to promote non-property-tax revenue streams through economic development and fast-track current road projects. While he applauded recent infrastructure efforts, he has some concerns.
“We are currently approving development of single-family and multifamily dwellings without a forward-looking plan to address the road infrastructure needed to support the capacity being built out,” he said. “I would prioritize planning for Port Royal Road and Kedron Road to ensure that we learn from the mistakes that Spring Hill has made in the past of not including enough infrastructure for the development that we approve.”