The son of State Representative Mike Sparks has decided to run for County Commission. Preston Sparks will enter the race for District 11, the same seat his father held for a 8 years. Sparks is a lifelong resident of Smyrna and a graduate of both Smyrna High School and MTSU.
Read the press release below:
Lifelong Smyrna resident Preston Sparks announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for County Commission representing the citizens of the 11th District, encompassing the heart of Smyrna.
Sparks is a graduate of Smyrna High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Middle Tennessee State University. After graduating from MTSU, Sparks interned for the Treasurer of the State of Tennessee. Since then, Sparks has volunteered his time for the Smyrna Independent Merchants Association (SIMA), as Treasurer and served as a member of Smyrna Rotary Club.
Sparks deep devotion to the growth and development of Smyrna guided him to run for County Commission. “I haven’t heard much in the way of solutions from our current elected officials.” As a Conservative, Sparks is very concerned as to the dismal financial situation of our County’s ever-growing debt. “This should be of serious concern for us all. It may seem so far away and so intangible to regular citizens, but it is the regular citizens of Rutherford County that are hit the hardest.”
Sparks says, “Every County tax increase (3 tax increases the last 7 years) only further burdens our families and small businesses who are struggling already. I personally have witnessed local elected officials receive pay increases of $10,000 and even an appalling $25,000 for the Rutherford County School Superintendent and at the same time the same policy makers consider laying off employees.
According to the State Comptroller’s report, “The counties have spent an approaching half billion more than they took in during Fiscal year of 2011.” Thus, “The Counties are kicking the can down the road.”
Rutherford County should not continue to follow the reckless policies of tax and spend. Rutherford County should follow the success of Governor Bill Haslam’s pro-business plan: reducing taxes and burdensome regulations, creating jobs for Tennesseans.
Sparks states, “I am shocked by the silence in response to the struggle of the everyday, hardworking citizen and small business owners. I find it equally appalling that few on our County Commission have the courage and conviction to challenge such shameful decisions and the status quo.”
As a true fiscal and social Conservative, Sparks touts personal responsibility, protecting our 2nd Amendment Rights, protecting the rights of the unborn, strengthening our families, seeking efficient solutions to problems, wise fiscal policy, maintaining a good educational system, and smart growth policies will all be a priority for me as your next Commissioner.