Bolt to represent Ward 4

A financial advisor and co-founder of the Tennessee United Soccer Club was appointed Tuesday to fill the seat vacated by Ward 4 Alderman Andy Gilley.

Gilley, who was elected in 2016, stepped down from the city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen Aug. 14 just before being confirmed as Hendersonville’s new Director of Parks and Recreation. 

Andy Bolt, a 20-year resident of the Ballentrae subdivision who serves on the city’s Municipal Board of Zoning Appeals, was one of three candidates who addressed board members Tuesday. A fourth candidate submitted a resume, but withdrew his name from consideration.

“I believe that organizations run really, really well when people trust each other… and care about each other as opposed to just thinking about themselves,” Bolt said. 

An independent financial advisor, Bolt has owned Bolt Financial Consulting since 2008. He and his wife Linda, with whom he has raised two children, have been very involved in the community over the years, he added.

After serving as a parent, coach and board member of Hendersonville Soccer Club, Bolt help co-found Tennessee United, a travel soccer league in Hendersonville. He served as that club’s inaugural president for four years. Bolt also served for eight years as the president of the Tennessee Soccer Association, supervising six employees and overseeing 100 soccer associations across the state that included 42,000 players.

It was that position more than anything, he said, that taught him how to deal with “all kinds of people in all kinds of situations.”

“I’ve learned to compromise. I’ve learned to negotiate. I’ve learned to persuade, but I’ve also learned to build consensus,” he said. “I’m a consensus builder and I think government should do that. I think at the national level it doesn’t appear to be that at all – and it surely should be that at the local level.”

Bolt, who attended the University of Alabama and the University of South Florida, added that his background in finance will give him insight into some of the financial issues facing the city.

Two former city aldermen, Don Ames and Lance Wray, also addressed the board.

Ames, a retired business owner, held the position from 2012 to 2016, when he was defeated by Gilley. He currently serves on the city’s Deer Monitoring and Control Committee.

Wray, a local attorney, served on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen representing Ward 3 from 2006-2010. A master sergeant in the 118th wing of the Tennessee Air National Guard, Wray didn’t run for a second term and was deployed in 2011 to Kandahar, Afghanistan where he served during Operation Enduring Freedom.

David Pigna, a former Sumner County government employee, also submitted a resume but withdrew his name from consideration.

Bolt received seven votes; Wray four and Ames one. The newly appointed alderman will serve until the November 2020 general election.

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