Clark, a Franklin County native, will square-off against incumbent David Alexander for State House Seat, District 39, in the November general election.
Raised in Franklin County, Clark is the son of the late Edith Estelle and Herbert T. Clark of Belvidere. He and his wife of 22 years, Donna, are the parents of seven children. They have five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and are members of the Riva Lake Baptist Church where he serves as Trustee and she as Director of Music and Assistant Sunday School Director.
Clark is a 1959 graduate of Huntland High School and attended Middle Tennessee State University, majoring in Industrial Management.
He was employed by Monsanto Corp. for 13 years as a chemical analyst before moving on to the Tennessee Public Health Department Division of Water Quality Control.
When working for the state, Clark was liaison with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency for hazardous material spills and other major pollution problems across the state. He also managed Environmental Protection Agency programs as part of his duties.
In 1979, Clark was employed by Jack Daniel Distillery where he served as Manager of Environmental Affairs. While at the Lynchburg distillery, he also worked as Manager of Boiler and By-Products operations, along with marketing all by-products and negotiating all fuel cost with suppliers. He implemented the Jack Daniel cave spring recharge program, a crucial task to ensure protection of the Jack Daniel cave spring water used in product production. Clark, with the support of the distillery, local farmers and city officials, effectively used federal grant monies to maintain pristine water quality for the citizens of Moore County, according to a campaign press release. He coordinated implementation of the Jack Daniel Tree Farm in conjunction with the University of Tennessee to insure long-term harvesting of Tennessee native trees and endorsed the transition of wood waste from landfills to utilization as fuel to recycle a valuable energy resource in the state.
In 2001, Clark received the Lifetime Environmental/ Conservation Achievement Award in the professional category from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. He has served on the Tennessee Conservation League Board of Directors, Corporate Chairman of the Tennessee Conservation League, Chairman of General Motors Saturn Community Affairs Committee and Board Member of the Tennessee Feed and Grain Association, as well as the National Feed and Grain Association.
Clark retired from Brown-Forman Corporation (parent company of Jack Daniel) with 25 years of service.
As the Democratic nominee for the State House, Clark stated his top priorities are labor/jobs and economic growth, education, seniors/healthcare, veteran’s issues, law enforcement and protection of our land and water.
“I believe my varied experiences over the years have brought me a good understanding of what citizens want in their elected representatives,” Clark said. “Foremost, I believe voters want a state representative who is open, fair and responsive to the concerns of all citizens. It doesn’t make a difference whether you’re a Democrat, Republican or Independent … everybody. After all, we all are facing the same problems and challenges. We either sink or swim together.”
“The questions we face at the state level about jobs and education, in particular, I believe, demand broad, bi-partisan cooperation,” Clark commented. “I’m a Democrat, but that doesn’t mean I won’t work across the aisle to do what’s in the best interests of Tennessee and my constituents in the 39th District. That’s just good politics, good policy and good sense.”
“The important thing now is getting on the campaign trail across the district. I’m looking forward to a lively and spirited debate about the issues and meeting as many voters as possible between now and November. I urge everyone not to sit on the sidelines, but to become active. Most of all, vote and make your voice heard.”