Jerry Lowery seeking office of 43rd District State Representative
By Kim Swindell Wood | May 7, 2018 7:11 am
Current Sparta city alderman and long-time educator, Jerry Lowery, has officially announced his candidacy in the Republican Primary for District 43 state representative.
Lowery is a military veteran who has been a public school teacher for nearly three decades. He is a deacon and trustee for Sparta First Baptist Church, where he also teaches adult Sunday school classes and assists with Wednesday night youth activities. Prior to serving as an alderman, he served four years as a member of the White County Commission. He is currently head football coach at White County High School.
Lowery’s guiding political principle is conservative stewardship grounded in traditional Christian values. As an alderman and county commissioner, he has stood firm against wasteful spending, excessive government regulation, and is a vocal advocate for transparency in government.
A 1976 graduate of White County High School, Lowery entered the United States Navy and received training in aviation electronics. After his honorable discharge, he returned to his hometown and was employed at the former Wagner Electric facility as an electrician. Feeling the call to become an educator, Lowery enrolled at Tennessee Technological University and supported his family while doing residential plumbing and electrical work until graduating with a Bachelor of Science in education. He later obtained his master’s degree in education administration.
Lowery accepted a position as school administrator at White County High School and held that position until he returned to the classroom to take the position as head football coach. Active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Lowery has chaperoned over 400 young athletes to Christian summer camps and witnessed life-changing transformations.
Lowery is married to the former Tracey Vaughn, the daughter of Bruce and Martha Vaughn, who were owners and proprietors of Sparta Hardware for several decades. Jerry and Tracey have two sons, Joshua and Caleb, and one grandson, Rex, and daughter-in-law, Logan Holder Lowery.
Regarding his current candidacy, Lowery said in a prepared statement, “There is a crisis of common sense in government and a need for conservative Christian leaders with backbone. I will be a representative who will be neither blinded by city lights nor swayed by lobbyists whose interests may not align with my constituents. I intend to bring a strong voice for common sense and good stewardship to the state capitol.”
Having worked his way through college and worked to better the lives of young people for his entire adult life, Lowery understands the educational and economic hurdles faced by young people.
“For decades, I have dedicated myself to improving the lives of local students, and I feel called to extend the mission at the state level,” said Lowery.
With hands-on experience, he understands challenges faced by teachers, students, and graduates in need of economic opportunity.
“I’d like to see greater emphasis on vocational education in high schools and removing bureaucratic hurdles to scholarship at the university level,” said Lowery.
In the coming weeks, Lowery will scale up his campaign and looks forward to meeting every voter in the 43rd District.
“Please feel free to reach out to me to discuss any issue that concerns you,” said Lowery. “he date for the Republican primary is Aug. 2, 2018. I humbly ask for your vote, your support, and your prayers. I thank you in advance for your partnering with me in this endeavor”.