My name is Dana Hillis Mullican. I am running as an independent candidate for District 2 County Commissioner. I was raised in Irving College and am a lifelong resident of Warren County. I am married to Monte Mullican and have one son, Michael.
My parents are Barry Hillis and Mike and Hilda Duke. My siblings are Steve Hillis, Leann Hillis and Andrea Bruno. I attend First United Methodist Church and am involved in several organizations including membership in the Tennessee Education Association and Autism Tennessee. I have been a mentor for Tennessee Promise for several years.
I have been a teacher at Warren County High School for 28 years. As an experienced educator and as someone who has led and served on committees, I know the importance of teamwork. As your commissioner, I will research each topic and make the most informed decision with the facts I have. I will listen when needed but will not hesitate to speak up for what I think is best for our county.
My love of learning is shown through my years of teaching and also with my bachelor’s in English from MTSU, master’s in curriculum and instruction from Tennessee Tech and EdS in administration from MTSU. I want to bring that passion for learning to the job of commissioner.
It is important to read critical documents and understand them. I am looking forward to reading and learning more about county projects and researching how to improve upon what we already have in place.
One area important to me is the needs of persons with disabilities. One of my greatest honors was being selected to attend and graduating from Partners in Policymaking, a leadership and advocacy training program of Tennessee’s Council on Developmental Disabilities. From that organization and from personal experience, I know persons with disabilities need a voice.
My son has autism and is now a young adult. I see the need for more acceptance and advocacy for persons with disabilities. One goal is to be that voice, to make sure Warren County citizens from all walks of life have the same opportunities.
I want to see the city of McMinnville and Warren County work together on more projects, including tourism. We live in a beautiful place and should be doing more to promote it. I want education to continue to be a priority. I want to make sure our schools are safe and know teachers and students have what they need to succeed.
I want to be on a commission that works together for the greater good. We need progress for the future of our community. We need a vision of what we want Warren County to be and the long-term plans on how to achieve that vision.
I will be proud to serve the citizens of district two as their commissioner. I appreciate your vote during early voting in July and at the general election Aug. 2.