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Williamson Responds to Opponent’s Criticism of ‘Bean Supper Invitation’

Press release from the Charles Williamson Campaign for State House District 50; October 3, 2012:  

Nashville, TN — Charles Williamson, Republican candidate for Tennessee State Representative, has announced a bean supper, complete with entertainment, to be held on Monday, Oct. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at his Goodlettsville ranch.

“I’m inviting the whole district out to the ranch,” Williamson says. “It’s going to be a casual night to put aside partisanship and get to know one another. If my opponent has a problem with that, I wonder how effective he’ll be as a helpful and communicative representative of the people.”

The Baker Road structure, where Williamson previously lived in a comfortable and functional finished area, is the centerpiece of Williamson’s Goodlettsville bison ranch. The residence became an issue when it was discovered that construction permits, which were legally filed more than a decade ago, were never properly closed out.

The Tennessean has reported that, in fact, the barn is legal, however. In a blog posted on October 2nd, writer Michael Cass acknowledges that “the barn does serve a legal purpose as Williamson’s bison ranch and place of business.”

Democrat opponent and Metro Councilman, Bo Mitchell, immediately released a statement criticizing the bean supper invitation, including a loose comparison between Williamson’s challenge with the codes department and people rebuilding after the 2010 flood. In fact, Williamson’s barn was built in the early 2000’s and was not affected by the flood.

Williamson released a statement in response to Mitchell’s criticism:

“It’s a darned shame when an elected official politicizes a catastrophe that was so devastating to my friends and neighbors,” Williamson said. “Somebody needs to explain to my esteemed opponent the law as it’s outlined in two opinions by the state’s Attorney General. He simply does not understand the very laws written by the Democrats; laws that have been on the books for years. Still, he’s welcome to come to the party, but bless his heart, I think he may already be full of beans.”

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Williamson Credits Win to Positive Campaign, ‘No Mudslinging’

Statement from the Campaign for Charles Williamson for District 50; August 3, 2012: 

Nashville, TN — Businessman and rancher, Charles Williamson, released a statement tonight after winning the Republican Primary for Tennessee State House, District 50.

“I am honored to have won the primary and I am especially happy for my campaign team,” Williamson. “We’ve worked hard and we have remained focused on the people and issues that matter to the people. Over and over, I heard the message – folks are tired of negative campaigns.”

Williamson promised “no mudslinging” and refused to utilize methods like robo-calling which political insiders consider tried and true.

“This campaign has had two distinct hallmarks,” Williamson says. “We’ve been focused on the people of District 50, and we’ve been committed to positive campaigning. People deserve a representative that listens and is proactive, and no one wants to hear negative, divisive talk that is irrelevant to the race.”

Williamson has been credited as the only candidate in the primary who has created jobs for Tennesseans. He is endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police. He won the recent Davidson County Republican Party Straw Poll with 73% of the vote.

Williamson defeated D.J. Farris and Dave Hall. He faces Metro Councilman Bo Mitchell in the November General Election.

For more information, visit www.charleswilliamson.net or www.facebook.com/charleswilliamsonfortn

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Williamson Defends of Cross-Party Voting

Press release from the Campaign of Charles Williamson for District 50; July 13, 2012: 

Seasoned Businessman Faces Twenty-Somethings in Upcoming GOP Primary

Nashville, TN — One young area realtor who calls himself “a lifelong Republican,” has in fact been old enough to vote for just 7 years.

D.J. Farris sent an email to friends today, noting that his opponent Charles Williamson has voted across party lines during his lifetime and suggesting that the businessman is not a true Republican. Williamson defends his voting strategy.

“One of my eager young opponents needs to do his homework, ” Charles Williamson says. “The other just needs to file his campaign finance reports.”

Williamson made his remarks today, after being one of the first dozen Tennesseans to cast a ballot in Nashville’s opening day of early voting. Williamson, Republican candidate for Tennessee State House, District 50 has been a professional geologist, business owner and rancher for more than 25 years. He faces Dave Hall, 24, (who, state records show, has yet to file the mandatory quarterly financial disclosure reports) and Farris, just 25 years old, in the GOP primary. Farris sent out his email earlier today, latching onto one item from a candidate feature in today’s Tennessean.

“It’s information that’s available anywhere,” Williamson says. “Tennessee has an open primary system. No party registration is required to vote in primary elections. There are many strategic reasons to vote in either primary, plus there have been many elections in Davidson County history that offered no Republican candidate. If you didn’t vote in a Democrat primary, you didn’t get to vote. Further, I’m certain that many Democrats voted in the recent GOP Presidential Preference Primary. That sure doesn’t make them Conservatives!”

Williamson is a member of several area chambers of commerce, the Bellevue Exchange Club, and is a graduate of a local professional Leadership program. He is endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police and won the recent Davidson County Republican Party Straw Poll with 73% of the vote. He is a life member of the National Rifle Association. He is the president of Geotechnical Environmental Services, Inc. and the owner of Rockdale Bison Ranch in Goodlettsville.

“Clearly we need informed, mature leaders in the State House,” Williamson says. “I look forward to the opportunity to serve my neighbors and friends as a representative who will listen to all points of view and seek objective solutions for our state.”

Williamson adds, “I challenge anyone to talk to my friends and neighbors and find a single one who disputes my status as a Constitutional Conservative and a Republican. Good luck with that.”

The winner of the District 50 primary will face Metro Councilman, Bo Mitchell, in the November general election. The sprawling House District 50 includes Goodlettsville, Joelton, Scottsboro, Bellevue and parts of West Nashville.

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TNGOP: Moore’s Union Ties, Obama Support Spelled Trouble in November

Press Release from the Tennessee Republican Party, April 5, 2012:

TNGOP Chairman’s Statement On Democrat Gary Moore’s Decision Not To Seek Re-Election

NASHVILLE, TN – Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney released the following statement on Democrat State Representative Gary Moore’s decision not to seek re-election. Moore is now the eleventh Democrat legislator who has announced he will not be seeking re-election this year.

“We wish Gary Moore well. It is obvious that his big labor ties were going to be a drag on his candidacy. Moore’s stance on the issues epitomize why Democrats are having so much trouble connecting with Tennessee voters,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.

In August of last year, Moore was elected to serve as President of the Tennessee Chapter of the AFL-CIO Labor Council, a big union that has once again enthusiastically endorsed President Obama’s campaign. Soon after that announcement, TNGOP Chairman Chris Devaney sent Moore a letter asking him to make a choice between serving the interests of his constituents or the interests of the AFL-CIO.

“While I never received a response from Representative Moore, today, Tennesseans are being made well aware of whom he would prefer to serve,” concluded Devaney.

Recent Democrat retirements include four state senators (Joe Haynes, Roy Herron, Eric Stewart and Andy Berke) and seven state representatives (Eddie Bass, Bill Harmon, Mike McDonald, Gary Moore, Jimmy Naifeh, Janis Sontany and Harry Tindell).