Editor’s Note: The following is a series of questions and answers taken verbatim from a Lebanon Democrat questionnaire recently filled out and returned by each candidate in the Wilson County trustee’s race. The Democrat will publish the responses from candidates in this and other races leading up to the Aug. 7 general election.
Nick Hays challenged incumbent Wilson County Trustee Jim Major for the trustee’s position in the Aug. 7 election.
Major has been Wilson County trustee for eight years and seeks his third term in office.
Hayes has worked for Sports World since he graduated from Middle Tennessee State University. Before that, he attended Cumberland University and is a Friendship Christian School graduate. He is married to Brandy Hays, and the couple has three children, Brody, Cooper and Hadley.
What prompted you to seek office? Was it a personal initiative or did others encourage you?
Major: It was both.
Hays: I graduated from MTSU with a degree in political science. I have had an interest in government for a long time. While I was deciding if this was the time to run, I talked to numerous people around the county. During those discussions, I received a tremendous amount of positive feedback and encouragement, which helped me make my final decision.
What are the most important issues in your race, and how do you plan to address them?
Major: I want to help the taxpayers any way I can.
Hays: I don’t know that there are any specific issues. I just want to bring some fresh ideas to the office.
What would you say to voters opposed to your running for office to convince them you are the most qualified?
Major: I have worked in the trustee’s office for eight years. It runs very efficiently.
Hays: I would say I am young, energetic and motivated. I studied government in school and have helped run a small business for the last 11 years. I feel I have the ability to lead and make the office run as smooth and efficient as possible.
What do you bring to the table that your opponents do not?
Major: I bring experience.
Hays: In this day and time things constantly change and evolve. Although personal interaction is a must, technology is in the forefront of all aspects of life. I am capable of adapting and leading the trustee’s office in the direction it needs to go. I look forward to daily personal interaction with customers and personnel.
How is your experience – or lack of experience – a plus or minus for the position you are seeking?
Major: You cannot put a price on experience.
Hays: I have been managing a small local business for 11 years. In small business, you wear many hats. I began working while I was in school in the warehouse, have been in charge of ordering, and currently spend most of my time in sales. With my background in business and my degree in political science, I bring a good mix of what this office needs.