Brandom Gengelbach

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Brandom Gengelbach
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Former candidate for
Board member, Maury County Board of Education, District 7
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 7, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSamford University
Master'sSouthampton University
ProfessionVice president, Smelter Service Corporation
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Brandom Gengelbach was a candidate for the District 7 seat on the Maury County Board of Education in Tennessee. He was defeated in the general election on August 7, 2014 by fellow challenger David A. Bates.


Gengelbach has his bachelor's degree in journalism from Samford University and his master's degree from Southampton University. He is a former Maury County chamber president. He is currently the vice president of business development for the Smelter Service Corporation. He and his wife, Alison, have two sons.[1]



See also: Maury County Schools elections (2014)


The August 7, 2014, general election ballot for District 1 included Loretta Goodloe, Monty G. Overton and Kristin C. Parker. Jyuana L. Martin ran unopposed on the District 3 ballot and David Moore ran unopposed in District 5. The District 7 ballot included challengers David A. Bates, Jack Coleman, Brandom Gengelbach and Will Sims. The District 9 ballot included incumbent Lee Clayborne and challengers Carolyn W. McArthur and Carey Powers. The District 11 ballot included incumbent Tommy Dudley and Bowen Pratt.


Maury County Schools, District 7, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid A. Bates 31.4% 492
     Nonpartisan Will Sims 27.9% 437
     Nonpartisan Brandom Gengelbach 25.6% 401
     Nonpartisan Jack Coleman 15.2% 238
Total Votes 1,568
Source: Columbia Daily Herald, "Unofficial Results," accessed August 8, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


The Maury County Election Commission does not publish and freely disclose school board candidate campaign finance reports.


Gengelbach did not receive any official endorsements in this election.

Campaign themes

Gengelbach answered the following about his campaign in a July 2014 interview with the Columbia Daily Herald:[2]

How would you characterize the current relationship between school board and county commission? What would you do to maintain or change it?
The relationship is better but can be stronger. As the former President of the Maury County Chamber, I understand the importance of stakeholders working together to accomplish mutual goals. To improve this relationship, we need a team mentality where teamwork and the ability to collaborate is key.

What do you believe is he most pressing issue facing the school board and how would you address it?
The most pressing issue is the lack of a long term strategy for public education. We need to set the goal of becoming a top ten public school system in Tennessee by 2022 and then leverage teachers, principals and administrators to develop and execute a strategic plan to achieve that goal.

How effective do you believe Eddie Hickman has been as the schools director? Explain.
We need to improve student achievement, school infrastructure and the relationship with the County Commission. If elected, I will work for these efforts to be part of an overall education strategy where the Director is held accountable for its execution. [3]

What was at stake?

Issues in the district

Federal lawsuit regarding N-word

A Maury County woman and her 12-year old grandson filed a federal lawsuit against the Maury County Board of Education after the student was verbally attacked twice by a white student on a school bus. The white student allegedly called the student the N-word repeatedly during these two separate incidents. After notifying the district, the plaintiff said that the district did not proceed with any meaningful action to protect the child. She claims that she submitted multiple reports to school officials on behalf of her grandson, but that their actions were "arrogant and dismissive." According to the Tennessee Department of Education, the district, "had not provided any indication that it considered these incidents to have constituted racial harassment or had evaluate them under the required hostile environment analysis." As a result, the department ordered the district to create a racial sensitivity education program by September of 2014. The plaintiff is seeking an unspecified amount of financial compensation for damages, attorney fees and court costs.[4]

About the district

See also: Maury County Schools, Tennessee
Maury County Schools is located in Maury County, Tennessee
Maury County School District is located in Maury County, Tennessee. The county seat of Maury County is Columbia. Maury County is home to 80,956 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5] Maury County Schools is the 14th-largest school district in Tennessee, serving 43,296 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[6]


Maury County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Tennessee in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 16.8 percent of Maury County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 23.5 percent for Tennessee as a whole. The median household income in Maury County was $45,603 compared to $44,140 for the state of Tennessee. The poverty rate in Maury County was 15.8 percent compared to 17.3 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Maury County (%) Tennessee (%)
White 84.5 79.3
Black or African American 12.5 17.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.4
Asian 0.7 1.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 1.6
Hispanic or Latino 5.0 4.8

Presidential Voting Pattern, Maury County[7]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 11,825 20,708
2008 13,058 20,288
2004 12,379 17,505
2000 11,127 11,930

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[8][9]

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  1. Columbia Daily Herald, "Brandom Gengelbach," accessed July 22, 2014
  2. Columbia Daily Herald, "7th District Candidate Questionnaire," accessed July 22, 2014
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  4. The Columbia Daily Herald, "Federal suit filed involving N-Word incident," July 17, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 United States Census Bureau, "Maury County, Tennessee," accessed July 7, 2014
  6. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed July 7, 2014
  7. Tennessee Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed June 26, 2014
  8. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  9. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.