Joy Bishop announced her candidacy for District 24 county commissioner.
Bishop, widow of the late Glenn Bishop and a veteran commissioner, left the commission in 1994 after serving 12 consecutive years.
She is a strong believer in term limits. Almost a year before her third term ended, she publicly announced she would not seek re-election. Bishop said she never expected to enter a political race again, but after visiting some of the recent commission meetings, she felt she needed to provide voters a positive choice.
“Honesty and trustworthiness are important, and those traits are desperately needed in today’s government,” she said.
Bishop said she has no political ties but feels it’s important to work with the municipalities within the county for the common good of citizens.
Bishop, an active member of Westland United Methodist Church, has had experience on several county committees, both as a member and a chairperson. She also worked at the Lebanon Woolen Mills/Tennessee Woolen Mills for 28 years in various business capacities.
In addition to holding a bachelor of science degree, Bishop completed courses through government training to receive certification as a public administrator. She said she would take advantage of any future government classes offered through the County Technical Assistance Service that would help her to better serve her constituency.
“So many people do not realize how much their daily lives are affected by the Wilson County Board of Commissioners. People pay little attention to county government,” said Bishop. “Dollar wise, lack of attention is costing us plenty. The taxpayer has a heavy burden, and my first priority will be the people of the 24th District, then the county as a whole. The entire district lies within the city limits of Lebanon, and each of us pays property taxes to both governments. I feel it is imperative the commissioner who represents the 24th District also has a good working relationship with the city of Lebanon.”