Sam Bodock Saylors challenged incumbent Wilson County Commissioner Chad Barnard for the District 4 commission seat in the Aug. 7 election.
Barnard seeks his second term on the commission.
Saylors chose not to answer questions from The Democrat.
What prompted you to seek office? Was it a personal initiative or did others encourage you?
Barnard: I am fortunate to have a career within Wilson County that allows me to build relationships in our county. After having many people within District 4 and Wilson County suggest public office to me, I decided to do some research for myself. I listened to what people had to say and I felt like I could represent my district in a positive way.
What are the most important issues in your race, and how do you plan to address them?
Barnard: Growing up in Wilson County, I have witnessed many changes first hand. I can say with confidence that growth is very important. Whether it’s with our roads, schools, police or fire/EMT, we have to keep up with growth in our county. I take these changes seriously and think it’s important we focus on long-term growth.
What would you say to voters opposed to your running for office to convince them you are the most qualified?
Barnard: Serving as District 4 commissioner the past four years I have done my best in listening to the people. We may not always see “eye to eye,” but I want District 4 to know that I am listening to them and open to hearing from them. After all, I am representing them.
What do you bring to the table that your opponents do not?
Barnard: Wilson County is the only home I know. My heart is here, and I am fully invested in making it a better place. I am passionate about making our county the best place for us to live, send our kids to school and work. I have enjoyed the past four years and cannot wait to continue serve my county.
How is your experience – or lack of experience – a plus or minus for the position you are seeking?
Barnard: Receiving my education in Wilson County was just the beginning for me. I have been a member of many clubs within our county and had the pleasure of serving in many different areas, including the past four years representing District 4. While holding my public office, I have had the opportunity to serve on several different committees and gain friendships with other public officials. I look forward to using my experience in the next four years.