Public and Community Affairs
The Public and Community Affairs committee focuses on education initiatives such as hosting Political Forums during election years, Political Development Institute, Facade Grants, Partners in Education, The Imagination Library program, and Community Clean-Up Days.
Partners in Education
Partners in Education (PIE) is a program of the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, Clarksville-Montgomery County Education Foundation, and Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce Facade Improvement Program provides financial incentives for the renovation, restoration, and improvement of business exteriors in the Central Business Improvement District (CBID). The visual appeal of an establishment is a driving factor for visitors and residents when deciding where to live, work and shop, and this program supports local business owners in their efforts to enhance their existing facades and strengthen their business.
Political Development Institute
Focusing on the election process and how to educate and recruit candidates by devising a program, materials and/or seminars so that those interested in running for elected office could tap into that and answer questions they have about the community, the problems it faces and what would be required in office. The program is designed to identify future leaders of the area and to give them an intense look at the community, its strengths and weaknesses.
Political Development Application
Election year political forums provide an opportunity for candidates to answer questions and inform voters.
2020 Political Forum Information
City Court Clerk
City Council Ward 4
City Council Ward 5
City Council Ward 9
City Council Ward 11
City Council Ward 12
John W. Dawson
State Representative District 67
running against Jason Hodges
John W. Dawson is a Christian family man, Tennessee native and Army veteran. Retiring from the U.S. Army in 2007, he remains a strong veteran’s advocate within the community. John and his wife of 30 years have raised a family in the Clarksville community, seeing and understanding many of the everyday struggles that are endured on a daily basis. He believes that our community and state can overcome all obstacles, through listening, working together and a truly deep desire to serve those that live here to make it better for all.
Candidate for City Council - Ward 3
My name is DaJuan Little and I am running for City Council of Ward 3. I have lived in Clarksville my whole life and am married to my high school sweetheart, Ashley Little. I work for the Montgomery County Sheriff Office as a Court Deputy. I enjoy serving the great people of Clarksville/Montgomery County. My motto is that “A Little can do a lot,” and I live by that to serve my community. I want to focus on our community, infrastructure, and economy. I don't want anyone in my ward to have to guess or not know who their councilman is. I want them to consider me a great friend who they can call on and know that things will get done. I am a man of God and integrity. I love Clarksville and the people who make us one of the greatest cities in the country. It will always be an honor to serve them.
Candidate for City Council - Ward 8
I’m running for City Council because I want to be a voice for everyday people in Clarksville. I want to foster the relationship between the city government and its people to ensure their lives are improving for the better.
Candidate Hobson was born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana to the late Mary and Robert Lee on March 2, 1963. She is married to Retired Army Veteran Franklin Acosta Morales; they have one daughter and two grandsons ages (5) and (17). She attended Mitchell Lane Elementary School, Richardson Junior High School, West Monroe High School and Northeast Louisiana University (now known as The University of Louisiana at Monroe), and all are located in West Monroe/Monroe, Louisiana. In addition, she earned her Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education from Central Texas College, her Bachelor's Degree in Early Child Education with a minor in Criminal Justice from Regents College, Master of Art in Education with a focus in Reading from Austin Peay State University and a Masters of Art in Education Leadership from Murray State University and she is a candidate for her Doctor Degree in Educational Leadership at Liberty University..
Faye is a Retired Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Teacher with more than 25 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings. She has served as a Middle/High School Teacher, Director of Child Youth Services on Military installations, Youth Counsel, Juvenile Probation and Correctional Officer and as a Mentor. While working as a Criminal Justice, History and United States Government Teacher, she developed a love for Social Sciences. To prepare great lesson plans and to be able to explain various subjects, she read the material. By reading the material she gained a better understanding of how local, state and federal governments operate and function. Such sparked her interest in politics.
She is a member of various organizations such as KAPP A Delta PI International Honor Society in Education (Lifetime Member), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Lifetime Member of NAACP, Lifetime Member of Ladies Auxiliary 9191, Member of Order of the Golden Circle 306, Order of the Eastern Star, Heroines Templers Crusade 39, and American Legion Auxilliary223. Within these organizations, she held various offices such as Treasure, Secretary, Fund Raiser Coordinator, NAACP Scholarship Chair, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Scholarship Committee, etc. In addition, she has served on various committees such as School Disciplinary, AVID, School Improvement, Korean Task Force, Special Needs Case Study, National Honor Society, Grade level Team Leader/Department Chair, Teenage Pregnancy Home-School Sponsor, Homework and Saturday School Support Sponsor and she serves as a mentor for students with special needs and students who require tough love guidance. She has served as a Fort Campbell Red Cross Volunteer for several years. Faye love sports and while serving as a high school teacher, she coached Girls' N and Varsity High School Volleyball Teams; Track and Field Boys and Girls Teams, Served as Senior Class Sponsor, National Honor Society Adviser (with an e) and At-Risk Student Mentor.
Candidate for City Council - Ward 8
Wanda A. Allen
I am running for Clarksville City Council, Ward 8 because the timing is right for a person that reflects our growing and diverse community. Clarksville has always been good to me and my family. Through my experiences in this city, I have developed a passion that solidifies my commitment to Clarksville and a desire to give back to the community that has done so much for me. I love this city, however, there is always room for improvement. My diverse life experiences, educational background and active service in this community to our children, families, schools, military, churches, businesses and government have given me a unique perspective that I will use to facilitate collaborative and inclusive efforts in our community. Put me to work for you! - Cultivating Change for a Diverse Future!
Candidate for City Council - Ward 12
Thank you for the opportunity to speak about the fluid and dynamic business ventures that Clarksville, TN has to offer. Our campaign platform includes supporting our local small businesses. Ravenwood Coffee & Creations was recently faced with a myriad' of obstacles that threatened their business with closure. While their business was located in Ward 9, we stepped out of our boundary to help. We started a grass roots media campaign to increase their business exposure and to promote private fundraising. Our efforts were successful and Ravenwood Coffee & Creations was saved, as were the livelihoods of its proprietors and employees. We believe strongly that our independent small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. Instead of giving incentives to major corporations (i.e. tax breaks, minimal air/water pollution oversight) we should shift our focus to promoting the already established and upcoming small businesses here in Clarksville. With our local small businesses, the majority of revenue generated stays within our economy and supports the citizens in our community . Local employment is increased, families are provided for, and fair tax dollars are invested directly into our schools and community enrichment projects.
Corporate business tax breaks and incentives are awarded with little plan for oversight and compliance tracking. For instance, Hankook Tires approached our community with the promise of compensating their employees with a $16 an hour wage. Despite that pledge, many Hankook employees make only $13-$14 an hour. We must have means to hold businesses accountable for honoring their commitments to our local government and most importantly our Clarksville citizens.
In closing, I appreciate everyone's time and support. Thank you for allowing us to discuss these important issues. Together, we can promote a healthy economy and encourage businesses and commerce while fostering the bonds of community that make Clarksville such a great place to live.