Brandon Weise, a Bartlett resident who has volunteered on several local political campaigns, is throwing his hat in the ring for the Alderman Position 2 seat on the Bartlett Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Alderwoman Emily Elliott has announced she will not seek re-election for Position 2 and plans to give up her seat in June.
Weise, who has worked for Shelby County government the last 10 years in Probate Court and the Register of Deeds Office, has volunteered on the campaigns of the late Jim Coley, Tre Hargett and other statewide campaigns for about 15 years, he said.
“I’ve always had a passion for politics and felt like I needed to make a difference in my community,” Weise said.
A Bartlett High graduate, Weise got his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Tennessee-Martin where he also studied criminal justice. He was a voting precinct supervisor for the Shelby County Election Commission for more than eight years.
He said Blue Oval City, the new Ford Motor Co. electric truck facility that will be built outside Brownsville, could have a big impact on Bartlett and surrounding suburban cities. He said it is important for suburban leaders to work together for the success of Blue Oval City.
“We need to be out in front, at the forefront, asking them (Ford) how we can help them, with all the technical skills we already have established here in Bartlett,” he said.
Another multimillion-dollar issue that will have to be addressed is sewer, he said, noting that new developments are not added to the sewer system now but require developers to build sewage holding tanks.
He said he supports smart growth in development and believes the $162 million Union Depot mixed-used development on the former Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home property at Highway 70 north of Stage Road will be good for the area.
“Crime is always an issue. We’ve been fortunate to have Bartlett Police, and previous administrators have kept us on the up and up,” he said.
Weise has been involved as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital among other community service efforts.