Dr. Jimmy Daniel has announced his candidacy for the 4th District School Board seat.
“I am proud to announce my candidacy for a position on the Lincoln County School Board representing the 4th District. After a 37-year career as a dentist serving the healthcare needs of the people of Lincoln County, I’m ready to serve our community in a different capacity,” said Daniel.
“As a candidate, one of the privileges has been to personally meet the people I would be representing. I have spent the past three months visiting each home in the district and I have met some wonderful people who voiced their concerns about the future direction of public education in Lincoln County. With the culture changing rapidly around us and the role our education system plays in shaping what our youth believe and value, my concern is crafting responses that benefit the Lincoln County School System and our community.” Daniel is a lifelong resident of Lincoln County. He attended Lincoln Elementary School, Flintville High School, MTSU and then graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry. In January of 1976, he returned to Lincoln County where he opened his dental practice before retiring in 2013.
He has been married to Kay Norris Daniel for almost 47 years. Kay was a public school teacher for 40 years. “Observing the time and dedication required by our teachers, it made me aware of many of our students’ needs. Together we raised two children, Zack Daniel and Lindsay Daniel Richardson, who both attended public schools and graduated from Lincoln County High School. We now have nine grandchildren ranging in age from six to sixteen,” said Daniel.
“Throughout my entire adult life, I have served and supported my community. Whether volunteering as a coach in youth sports programs, fundraising for the football, baseball and softball fields for Lincoln County High School, as a Deacon and active supporter of the youth programs at First Baptist Church or as a member of the Leadership Lincoln class of 2013-2014, I have willingly given my time for the betterment of our county. I was raised in a home that emphasized education as well as a strong work-ethic. My mother, Ruth Daniel, taught school for 5 years and later served as a foster grandmother until age 90. My father, J.D. Daniel, after returning from serving in WWII, attended vocational school and became a skilled craftsman. I have been involved in the education system almost my entire life: first as a student, next as a spouse of a public school teacher, and finally as a parent and grandparent. The last six years of my dental career was spent working for the State of Tennessee Department of Public Health. I was involved in the dental prevention and sealant program where I visited every school in the surrounding 13 counties. This gave me a unique perspective as I visited different schools. In Lincoln County we are fortunate to have a tremendous education system with dedicated and professional administrators, teachers, and support staff working alongside involved parents. While I will be representing the 4th District primarily, I will also be an advocate for all of our students in Lincoln County. We must provide a “pathway for success” for all students. A one-size-fits-all educational system is not the solution. I am not calling for broad changes to our school system, but we should ensure our students are future-ready by making sure our schools are ready for the future, and hold onto the basic curriculum and fundamentals that made our school system so successful.”
Daniel said he can be counted on, “Whether you go to the polls on August 6, or choose to participate in early voting beginning July 17, you can count on Dr. Jimmy Daniel to be your advocate, your voice, and your full-time school board representative. I believe I have the educational background, the work experience and the community involvement to work with diverse constituencies and make a positive difference in an evolving educational system” said Daniel.
To learn more about Dr. Daniel’s campaign visit www.drdaniel-4schools.us.