A father and son are both running for local seats that are up for election in Rutherford County. Jeremy Gourley, a resident of Smyrna, is running for the position of Smyrna Town Judge…
Gourley’s father Joe is running for the 9th District County Commission Seat that is currently held by Steve Sandlin.
Believe it or not, the father and son duo are not the only father and son team that is seeking public office at the same time. State Representative Mike Sparks who lives in Smyrna has a son who is running for County Commission as well. Preston Sparks is running for a district 11 seat that was once held by his father for eight years.
Read the full press release from Jeremy Gourley who is running for Smyrna Town Judge (below):
Jeremy Gourley is a 35+ years resident of Smyrna and Rutherford County. He attended both Smyrna and LaVergne High School, and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Management. After college, he volunteered at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office under Truman Jones. He later attended the Nashville School of Law, while working full-time, and graduated in 2003. He served as an Assistant District Attorney in Williamson County that same year. He received his certification as a trained mediator for civil, family, and domestic violence matters in 2008. He and his wife and their children attend the Smyrna Church of Christ.
“If elected, I will focus on improving public safety, promoting efficiency in our Court through better case and docket management to reduce the amount of time spent in court and away from work, holding offenders accountable for their actions and their agreements with our community, increasing fiscal responsibility by reducing the amount of fees being waived without good reason and balancing costs, developing a plan to treat defendants who struggle with addictions and mental health issues, fostering Court involvement in the youth of our community to help them avoid making bad decisions, and improving the Court through better use of technology.”
Gourley was licensed in State court in 2003 and Federal court in 2012. He began practicing criminal and real estate law in early 2004. Since that time, he has worked thousands of cases from General Sessions to trial court. He has helped many clients find hope through serious drug and mental health treatment. “I believe in having a plan for my client and being prepared to look at the whole picture of what is driving the criminal behavior and how best to help keep them from reoffending.”
“Like my father, Joe, I grew up working on the family cattle farm. The lessons and values I learned there about sacrifice and working hard with a purpose, along with a grand-father, who was a WWII Marine, have made me into the duty-driven person that I am today. I believe this attitude in conjunction with my knowledge and extensive experience in criminal law give me more to offer than any other candidate. I truly care about this town and the people in it, and I would most humbly ask for your vote.”