Personal and Work background:
I earned my Doctor of Jurisprudence from Nashville School of Law in May 2015. My undergraduate studies were completed at Middle Tennessee State University where I received my Bachelors in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration, along with a Tennessee Teacher’s License in May 2010. I minored in Economics, Sociology, and Secondary Education. Determined to achieve my life’s ambitions while supporting a family, I taught high school, practiced real estate, and drove a rural USPS mail route on the weekends- all while attending law school 3 nights a week. After law school, I chose to forego my legal career to place my focus on motherhood. Subsequently, I accepted a Criminal Justice/English teaching position in Rutherford County. I now own a small process serving company called IC Solutions, and I am the COO of a local startup non-profit called Community of Life Coalition- our mission is to serve, inspire, and equip families to live more abundant lives through Christ. I enjoy working as an advocate and serve as Vice-Chair of the Coffee County Young Republicans. My children and I attend New Creation Church in Tullahoma.
Why did you decide to run?
It is time for a new generation of conservative leaders to emerge. I am a Tullahoma native and an early Honors graduate; I wish to give back to the community that cultivated my knowledge, skills, and talents. My platform consists of the following: 1) A pro-business conservative Our leaders should ensure fair processes and treatment for all who do business in Tullahoma. We have made it too difficult to do business in Tullahoma; we need to streamline services that welcome and support investors and developers.
2) A Constitutionalist I am a believer in a limited government by the people. As your representative, I will be your voice and welcome your input regardless of your background or social class. Accessibility and accountability will be top priorities as your Alderman.
3) Higher Standards of officials Given the importance and nature of duties- our leaders, officers, elected officials, and department heads should be held to the highest standards of professional courtesy. Training in servant leadership will be a priority.
4) Technology We must utilize every tool at our disposal to digitally streamline our city’s processes, making services more efficient and cost-effective for the taxpayers. Official records should be meticulously maintained and easily accessible for the public’s inspection. No more backroom deals; we will make it a priority to keep the citizens updated on the city’s endeavors.
What are the positives about being Mayor or Alderman?
Being an Alderman allows you to celebrate our community achievements and promote civic pride. I am a social creature and love meeting new people and learning new things. I hope to use my voice to be a cheerleader for our city and be a conduit for the everyday concerns. I do not want to just forward your email or your phone call- I want to listen to your concerns and understand more about what we, the city of Tullahoma, can do to serve you. Negatives about the job? The Board of Mayor and Alderman is a legislative body- that is, they are elected to make major policy decisions and pass budgets. Sometimes the Board has no authority to make the necessary changes- and if they do, change can be a daunting task met with lots of resistance. In the position, I recognize pleasing everyone and solving every problem is impossible. But how do you eat an elephant? You take one bite at a time. Any changes you would like to make? We need more comprehensive planning, growth management, and public/ private partnerships. If we incentivize investment in our community, the result will be more
revenue through tourism, recreation, and industry. I believe we need a more deliberate plan of action complete with SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, and time-based goals) that account for maintenance post-grant and public expenditure.
Tell people why they should vote for you: “For the Son of Man came not to be served but to SERVE others, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 In every aspect of my life- political, professional, and personal- I have been called upon to serve others. As your Alderman, it would be an honor and a pleasure to continue to serve this community. I pledge to maneuver the delicate balance between dedication to mission, the need for bold modernization and technology initiatives, and the application of sound business management. Please allow me to SERVE you- Elect Jenna Amacher Tullahoma City Alderman!