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Former Bredesen Aide Pinkston Seeks Nashville School Board Seat

After a decade working behind the scenes, including a stint as a political adviser to Gov. Phil Bredesen, Will Pinkston is stepping out from behind the curtain to run for public office himself, reports The Tennessean.
Pinkston is running for the vacant District 7 school board seat and relying on his background as a newspaper reporter and political communications director to guide his own campaign.
Pinkston enjoys the backing of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Nashville Education Association, which acts as the local teachers union.
“This is the only political office I would have any interest in seeking,” Pinkston said. “I grew up in District 7. I’m a product of the public school system, and my children will attend public schools.”
Pinkston’s opponents are running for political office for the first time as well. Al Wilkins, an Army veteran and retired member of the local Teamsters Union, and Alan Sharp, a political novice who works in health care, also are on the ballot.