Nashville Chamber’s SuccessPAC endorses Christiane Buggs


July 1, 2016

Contact: Charlane Oliver, Campaign Communications Director,

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s SuccessPAC endorses Christiane Buggs for School Board District 5

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 1, 2016)– SuccessPAC, the political action committee created by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce for school board elections, announced today its support for four Metro school board candidates in the Aug. 4 election in which voters will elect five of the nine school board members. The SuccessPAC board invited all candidates who qualified for the ballot across the five districts up for election to complete a questionnaire and interview with the committee.

“Our committee had a thorough discussion about each of the candidates over the course of the past two months,” said Darrell S. Freeman, Sr., SuccessPAC chairman. “In making our endorsement decisions, we look for candidates who are knowledgeable, experienced and are focused first and foremost on academic success for all students. This year, we specifically looked for a commitment to improve the board’s governance and public perception.

Voters in district 5 are truly fortunate to have a range of choices on the ballot.

“We found Christiane Buggs to be an energetic, and passionate advocate for children,” said Freeman. “She has the insights of a professional background in education, while also demonstrating a clear understanding of her potential board governance role. Her teaching experience in both MNPS and a charter school also positions her to help the rest of the school board bridge their toxic divide over charter schools.”

The endorsed candidates share certain key characteristics of an ideal candidate, including:

  • A strong commitment to public education and the highest standards of achievement for all students;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups, including other board members, teachers, community organizations and elected officials, and a respect for differing points of view;
  • A desire to empower the director of schools to implement board policies and achieve academic results;
  • An understanding of the need for effective financial management of the school system;
  • A push for accountability at all levels of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools; and
  • An understanding of the policymaking role of the school board.

“We would like to thank all of the candidates who interviewed with our committee for offering themselves up for public service,” said Freeman. “After careful consideration we believe the SuccessPAC-endorsed candidates will best serve the needs of our children and the Nashville community.”

The Chamber established SuccessPAC in 1998 to help identify and elect highly qualified members to the Metropolitan Board of Public Education. SuccessPAC board members are: David Bohan, Tom Cigarran, Sonnye Dixon, Bob Doolittle, Darrell S. Freeman, Sr. (chair), Marc Hill (secretary), Sam Howard, Orrin Ingram, Robert Lipman, Tom Negri, Kathy Nevill, Robert Patterson, Luke Simons, Byron Trauger, and Ken Zipperian (treasurer).

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