1. Give personal background: I was raised in Tullahoma and graduated Tullahoma High School. My father Dwight Perry is a retired firefighter and mother, Jody Perry, is a cosmetologist. I am married to my wife Lori Perry, and reside in Manchester. I have a daughter Lauren Perry (27 years old) and son Blake Perry (16 years old) both of whom have attended Coffee County Schools and Coffee County High School. I have been active in my community serving on the Manchester Health, Educational and Housing Facility Board, Charter Member of the Coffee County Drug Court and Family Treatment Court for 11 years, Board Member and Coach for Manchester Little League and Youth Baseball and avid outdoorsman.
2. Give work background While attending college I was the assistant manager of the golf shop at AEDC Golf Course in Tullahoma for 5 years. Upon graduating MTSU I became an assistant PGA professional at Old Fort Golf Club in Murfreesboro and was the first PGA Head Professional at WillowBrook for three years. I have 9 years’ experience, working for a top 25 Fortune Company managing contracts and personnel and oversaw a $32 Million dollar annual budget while attending night classes at the Nashville School of Law. I graduated in 2006 and was admitted to practice in the State of Tennessee in November of 2006. My brother-in-law Brent Keeton, was a licensed attorney working in Knoxville for four years. Upon graduation, we decided that Coffee County is where we wanted to be. We quit our jobs, opened up an office and hoped for clients! We have now been practicing in Manchester, Tennessee for 13 years specializing in Criminal, Personal Injury and Family Law as well as Domestic Mediations and Attorney for the Town of Bell Buckle.
3. Why did you decide to run? I love our community. This is home. The community has been very supportive of me and has afforded me the opportunity to give back. I have been very involved with the initiation and set up of our treatment courts as well as attending national training for our safe baby courts. I want to see those programs continue to grow to provide options for families and youth, victims of crime, and hopefully have a positive impact affecting the community.
4. What are the positives about being a judge? Opportunity. The role of the Judge allows for the opportunity to have some impact and hopefully a legacy in the community that you can be proud of.
5. Negatives about the job? The campaign process is the biggest negative in a sense of job security. If successful I would have to give up my private practice, that took a lot of devotion, with the hope that I am re-elected in two years. That is a huge consideration but the rewards outweigh the risks.
6. Any changes you would like to make? I would like to see us continue to expand and build on treatment programs for the opiate addiction and budget considerations for costs of inmate housing when dealing with non-violent offenders. Are treatment courts have been successful, but I will look to expand those programs through working with our law enforcement, probation officers, district attorneys, public defenders and current judges. We have a wealth of knowledge in these groups and if cooperating can benefit the system as a whole.
7. Tell people why they should vote for you. Everyone running has experience in their areas. We all have a license to practice in Tennessee. I believe I bring some unique qualities to the table in that I have worked outside the legal profession, managed people and learned how to motivate individuals and teamwork strategies for mutual gain. I have experience in managing multi-million dollar budgets and have to make tough decisions with employees with layoffs or terminations that affects their families. Most importantly life has happened to me. I learned to live as a part time parent through a parenting plan with my daughter and personally understand the successes and challenges that provides for the mother, father and especially the child. My experience in the legal community as well as work experience outside of law has given me a unique aspect and empathy, teamwork and consideration for others. I will bring this attitude with me every day and serve the citizens of this community to the best of my ability.