By Bill Short
Position 1 Alderman Bethany K. Huffman is unopposed for a third term in the Nov. 6 Millington city elections.
A 1990 graduate of The University of Memphis, she has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in accounting. Since 2003, she has been the owner of Huffman CPA in Millington.
Huffman is a graduate of Leadership Millington’s 1996 inaugural class and, since 1999, has chaired its Steering Committee for program content and delivery.
She has been a member of the Millington Rotary Club since 2005 and served as its president from 2008-09. She was the District 6800 treasurer from 2011-13 and its governor for the 2017-18 year.
A member of the Millington Area Chamber of Commerce since 2001, Huffman served as chairman of its Board of Directors in 2004 and received its Person of the Year Award in 2007.
While a member of the Millington Jaycees from 1998-2010, she served as national treasurer of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce in 2007, the 71st president of the Tennessee Jaycees in 2008 and national vice president in 2009.
Huffman is a founding member of the Patriot Bank’s Board of Directors and has chaired its Audit Committee since 2001.
As a lifelong member of the Millington First United Methodist Church, she has served on several of its councils and committees since 1991.
Huffman is a member of the Alumni Advisory Board for the School of Accountancy in the Fogelman College of Business at The University of Memphis and District 8 secretary for the Tennessee Municipal League.
She said she will continue working to update Millington’s ordinances to ensure that the city is “proactive” and prepared for future growth. She will also encourage Mayor Terry Jones to appoint a “more diverse” group of qualified residents to serve on community boards and commissions.
Asked to list three significant issues in this election, Huffman cited economic development, the municipal school system and quality of life.
She intends to continue working with the city’s Industrial Development Board and Airport Authority to ensure “adequate infrastructure,” as well as to examine other opportunities for grant funding and Tax Increment Financing that will attract “quality industries” and related jobs for residents.
She will continue working with the Millington School Board and Superintendent James “Bo” Griffin to supplement federal, state and county funding of the municipal school system.
She also plans to examine ways that the city board and school board can “partner” to obtain educational grants for teacher and classroom enhancements or other resources that will help improve test scores and recruit new students to the school system.
Huffman said she will seek a balance between “quality amenities” and funding for such activities as arts, recreation, parks and community festivals.
She is also eagerly anticipating the construction of “flood mitigation measures” through the Resiliency Grant, which is currently in the environmental phase.
Huffman cited the continual need to encourage “progressive, economically dynamic development” through promotion of the city’s available land, workforce and infrastructure.
She said Millington has some of the “most dedicated” public servants and first responders who are working daily to provide a safe community for the city’s residents.
Huffman called the need for a “cohesive, financially sound strategic plan” the biggest concern facing Millington at this time.
“We must diligently work to provide jobs locally for our residents and attract developers to construct housing,” she concluded. “We must all work to market the positive things occurring in our community.”