With the passing of Regina Smithson, a seat has now opened on the Brentwood city commission to fill the remaining two years of her term. Devin McClendon has officially announced he will be campaigning for city commissioner.
McClendon knows he has big shoes to fill as Smithson was a beloved commissioner, former mayor, and community leader.
“Regina’s (Smithson) legacy is important to me, and from the moment I began discussing a run for her seat with my wife, Laura, we talked at length about her life of service,” McClendon said. “She always listened to her constituent’s concerns — she put their needs ahead of special interests.”
Smithson’s family has declared their support of McClendon filling their late mother’s seat.
“My mother would be so proud Devin is running for her seat and she would be supportive of his campaign,” said Kim Gawrys, one of Smithson’s daughters. “She always respected and admired Devin. Mom knew of his love of the city was only second to the love he has for his church and family. The Smithson, Gawrys and Shelden family fully support Devin and his family as the candidate running for Mom’s seat.”
McClendon is a lifelong resident of Brentwood, an alumnus of Scales Elementary, Brentwood middle and high school. He chose to make his home with his wife and their two children, Campbell, and Maggie, within the city.
Professionally, McClendon is the owner and CEO of NAI Nashville Stanton Group, a commercial property and real estate brokerage located in Brentwood. He is a member of the Williamson County Association of Realtors, Williamson Inc., Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, and a Certified Commercial Investment member.
McClendon served his alma mater, Middle Tennessee State University, as president of the alumni association and as a member of the board of trustees.
Community involvement is key with McClendon, a dedicated past president of the Brentwood Rotary. He has served his community through Citizens of Brentwood, Bike Walk Brentwood, Leadership Brentwood class of 2007, member of Brentwood 2020 committee, and served as a board of trustees for Brentwood United Methodist Church.
From the local Boy Scout Troops 93 and 22, volunteering for softball through the Brentwood ball club, to serving multiple nonprofits and charity events, McClendon said service is at the core of his life.
“My No. 1 goal is to make sure we continue to grow and utilize our parks in ways to fit the community needs,” said McClendon.
He added that an example of this would be the recent opening of the inclusive playground at Granny White Park.
McClendon’s main objective is to serve the citizens of Brentwood, and hopes to “increase citizen engagement” by interacting with people and listening to their needs.
McClendon, who ran nine years ago against Rhea Little, current mayor of Brentwood, feels that then, the better man won. Today, Little is endorsing McClendon for the spot.
“It is very exciting news to me that Devin McClendon has chosen to seek the office of Brentwood city commissioner,” Little said. “Devin has been a lifelong Brentwood resident and has served Brentwood in so many capacities from his youth, through his church, schools, Rotary, family and business. It has been my pleasure to work alongside him on many projects through the years that serve Brentwood’s residents and greatly enhanced Brentwood’s quality of life.”
“I endorse Devin for the position of Brentwood city commissioner because of his servant’s heart, his noble character, his great familiarity with Brentwood, his keen intellect and most of all, his love for Brentwood and Brentwood’s citizens shown by years of engagement and service.”
The city of Brentwood will announce the date that petitions can be officially pulled to run for office.
McClendon has set up an email for any community member to reach out to him. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to discuss issues.