Cherie Hammond to run for 63rd District House Seat
Cherie Hammond of Brentwood believes the time is right for new representation in Tennessee’s 63rd House district, which includes the eastern half of Williamson County.
A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) by trade, Hammond held executive positions with a number of successful companies before becoming a dynamic volunteer and involved leader on countywide issues. Now, Hammond has filed to run as a Republican for the seat in next August’s primary election.
“I think Tennessee really is America at its best, and Williamson County is certainly among the brightest stars in the state. I believe the time is right for new representation, and that I am the right person now,” Hammond said. “I am excited to bring new energy, focus and ideas grounded in honesty, integrity and wisdom to the State House.
“I am passionate about my commitments and opportunities to serve. Legislative leadership is about coming alongside the community, knowing your constituents, understanding their needs, working closely with local governments and making effective decisions that advocate on their behalf."
Hammond had a fulfilling career as a CPA, corporate controller, vice president of mergers and acquisitions and world-wide consolidations supervisor with blue chip companies including Ernst & Whinney, Health America Corp., Jacques-Miller, Inc. and the Berol Corporation. Then, in the mid-‘90s, she dedicated her focus full-time to raising her three children, Rebecca (24), Bradshaw (20) and Justin (17).
“I feel called to apply my skill set and proven experiences as an effective leader, a bridge-builder and a common-sense Conservative to further serve on a broader basis Williamson County and Tennessee,” Hammond said.
More than a decade ago, as her children began attending Williamson County Schools (WCS), Cherie became a leader and a tireless volunteer. She led the women’s ministry of her church, taught neighborhood bible studies, was a member of the Mercy Ministries Community Board and chair of their 2011 annual benefit, and is a founding Board member and treasurer of the Hoover Hope Foundation.
Hammond also helped form the initial Parent-Teacher Association Board at the newly constructed Kenrose Elementary School in 1999 and continued volunteering at Woodland Middle School.
She then served for nine years on the Ravenwood High School PTO Board, including four years as president.
She has chaired, co-chaired, founded and volunteered with a host of other initiatives. Due to her efforts at Ravenwood High School (RHS), she was honored with the RHS “Piece of the Puzzle” Award in 2007-2008 and Williamson County Schools’ “Shining Apple” Award in 2008-2009.
Hammond created the countywide PTO Leadership Council in 2010 and has served as point person since its inception, working as head of the group alongside WCS Central Office to solicit community input, train parent leaders, communicate with stakeholders and meet with state legislators on education issues. She was also a founding member of the Williamson County Education Foundation’s steering committee. Most recently, she was encouraged to serve and subsequently was appointed to the Williamson County School Board in January 2013 by the Williamson County Commission, fulfilling the unexpired term of a Board member who relocated.
“With my background in business, meaningful community projects, and non-profit leadership, along with what I’ve learned working in education and government, I feel well equipped to represent the people of the district,” Hammond said.
“I’m going to spend the next several months listening to what they have to say. Their voices matter and I’m excited to hear about what’s most important to them. My pledge is to utilize the skills I learned as an accountant and a community leader for the benefit of my constituents. I am committed to fully studying and learning all aspects of issues to gain understanding and apply wisdom to the decisions I make on their behalf.”
Hammond has been married for 30 years to Dan Hammond, who has made his mark on the publishing industry locally and around the world. He is currently CEO of American Hometown Media, Inc., a company he founded in 2011.
Prior to that, in 2005, he founded American Hometown Publishing, one of the largest community newspaper holding companies in Tennessee. In 1999, he created Publishing Group of America, the largest publishing launch in North American history, serving 32 million homes with the third and fourth-largest magazines celebrating life in Hometown America: American Profile & Relish. Cherie, holding degrees in both accounting and finance from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, built the initial financial models and systems for each of those companies.
Cherie and Dan are active supporters of their church and a large number of non-profits including Mercy Ministries, the Hoover Hope Foundation and the Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWF). The Hammonds have personally helped build TWF’s Hunters for the Hungry into one of the most successful programs of its kind in the nation, having provided more than half a million meals for Tennesseans in-need this year alone.
“From lacrosse mom to legislative liaison, I’ve developed a lot of relationships,” Hammond said. “From every corner of the district, I have been encouraged to run, and I am prepared to answer the call.”
Posted on: 8/1/2013