Former Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe announced his candidacy for the District 12 seat on the Wilson County Commission.
Ashe is a graduate of the University of Tennessee’s Certified Public Administration program holding certification in every phase of county government in Tennessee. Ashe previously served and protected the people of Wilson County for 41 years. Thirty of those years the public trusted him to be their sheriff. He currently serves as executive director of the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association with state headquarters Lebanon. Ashe works with all 95 county, municipal and state officials. He holds associate and bachelor of science degrees in criminal justice administration.
Ashe said his years as a public servant and serving families in the area of law enforcement allowed him to deal with every major crime and tragedy anyone could ever witness.
“You learn a lot about truly helping folks when you are taking care of them or a loved one in their darkest moments,” Ashe said. “Helping people in Wilson County is what I miss most after leaving the sheriff’s office. I still have a desire to continue to help my neighbors and the families and residents of District 12 that I know and love.
“After visiting with Commissioner Billy Rowland and his wife at their home, they convinced me, with their support, that I should continue in a role where I can serve others and improve our district. Much prayer and thought went into my decision. He and I expressed our desires to continue his work and completion of expanded fire service for District 12.”
Ashe said one of the traits that make him qualified for the position are his experiences locally.
“I’ve witnessed Wilson County optimistically go through many changes in the last 40 years and was personally involved in making them become a reality toward proven progress for us all,” Ashe said. “I also feel strongly about restoring adequate funding to the rural community centers, which are vital.
“I feel with my vast experience and expertise in various areas of county government, along with the wisdom I have come to be blessed with while serving others, makes me the clear choice for the voters. They know I care about them and will sacrifice my time and much effort to represent them and be a strong voice in addressing their concerns. Many people have called me these past few months about issues they face in county government and I miss the opportunity to be able to help them.
“It takes a servant’s heart to make things better for our future, as well as building on our past. I’ve always worked tirelessly to help others, especially our children and our senior citizens.”
Ashe said another benefit is his extensive relationships with county employees.
“I’ve also had an opportunity to work alongside our dedicated county employees at every level and can say that Wilson County has the best,” Ashe said. “I can use these working partnerships to help all the people of District 12 when they are in need of any type of assistance in any office of county government.”
Ashe said his work with budgets over the years gives him the experience to be fiscally sound.
“My experience with budgets also gives the voters a conservative voice in District 12, with someone who will protect their tax dollars and make sure every penny counts,” Ashe said. “I balanced the sheriff’s budget for 30 straight years, and that’s something I am very proud of. I believe that accounting for and monitoring taxpayer money is extremely important.”
Ashe has attended more than 360 county commission meetings and more than 1,000 committee meetings in his span of public service.
“I am able to go to work on day one,” he said. “I know how to work well with others to improve services. I’m committed to expand fire service, water lines, and roads. I want to see that taxpayers in District 12 get their fair share. We must continue to support our school system upgrades and expansions because children deserve the best education we can afford.
“I pledge to work with the Division of State Forestry, the state Department of Transportation and the Wilson County Road Commission to improve and provide a safer route between Cedars of Lebanon on Highway 231 to Cainsville Road and the Norene community. This is vital for public safety, school access and for any future growth of both communities in years to come.”
Ashe and wife, Beth, live on their farm off Holloway Road, which provides them a means to continue their love of horses, cattle, dogs and agriculture. They have three children, two grandchildren and are members of Immanuel Baptist Church. Ashe is active in promoting programs that assist veterans as a three-time Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient, as well as receiving numerous other commendations from the Vietnam War.
“I would consider it an honor and privilege to have the vote and support of the residents In District 12 and pledge to always be available to each and every one of them,” Ashe said. “If you would like to help me make a difference in our district, please call me at my home or visit my website at ashedistrict12.com.”