Jane Crisp, owner-operator of Chigger Ridge Bed and Breakfast and Horse Farm in Pegram, is seeking the District 78 Tennessee House of Representatives seat as a democrat.
Crisp, a licensed attorney, is married to Doug O’Rear, a certified financial planner, O’Rear and Associates, and part-time pastor at Craggie Hope United Methodist Church. Between them, they have four children and ten grandchildren. Crisp, the oldest of four sisters shouldered a lot of responsibility at age eleven when her father died and her mother went back to school. She started small businesses at an even earlier age running errands and doing neighborhood chores.
Crisp worked her way through college and law school with the help of scholarships and loans. An early failed marriage left her a single working mother and student. She worked at various times as a waitress, a factory worker and for two years as a school teacher. While in law school, she worked as a probation officer and later Director of Project First Offender. As a lawyer, besides private practice, she was a Regional Attorney and later Lead Attorney with the State of Tennessee prosecuting child abuse and neglect cases and adult protection cases.
Crisp has served on numerous commissions and boards including County Planning Commission; Urban Growth Planning Committee; Chamber of Commerce Committees; Belmont University Advisory Board; Methodist Church Offices and teacher; Leadership Cheatham County graduate and board; Pegram Community Club; Kingston Springs Historic Association officer; volunteer hosting of Chamber, Ark, Ministerial Alliance and other non-profit events; women’s shelter and day care center boards, and volunteer legal services for churches and civic organizations.
Crisp states, “My number one priority will be attracting new jobs and supporting existing local business. “ She proposes attracting new jobs by offering a state tax credit, improving rural broadband internet access, and promoting tourism which she says brings in tax revenue without straining resources.
Crisp states that her background in education and child protection has left her with a passion for all issues affecting children including education, abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption, and child support. Crisp states, “Children deserve a safe and nurturing learning environment. Decisions that impact our children and teachers deserve teacher input.”
According to Crisp, “As a lawyer I worked every day to protect children from abusive situations, in addition to protecting seniors and disabled adults who couldn’t protect themselves. A quality of life is deserved by everyone, and I’ll work to protect our way of life as your State Representative.”