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Wood Announces Candidacy for 78th District State Representative

John-Paul Wood, Jr. would like to announce his candidacy for Tennessee State Representative 78th District.

Mr. Wood has lived in Pleasant View with his wife Jeannie and two children, Carson and Ava, for over 15 years and has witnessed the growth and changes the 78th district has gone through.

Growing up in south Nashville, Mr. Wood can remember when the now urban area was pasture and dirt roads.  Seeing this change first hand, taught Mr. Wood the need for good planning and proactive representation.

John-Paul attended Tennessee Technological University and graduated cum laude from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee with a baccalaureate in education with emphasis in history.

Post-graduate work has been done at Tennessee State University which earned additional teaching certificates in geography and political science.

Mr. Wood is currently pursuing a master’s degree from Austin Peay State University in military history.  Mr. Wood currently teaches United States Government and Advanced US History at the secondary level.  He received his certification to teach Advanced US History from Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Honored in 2002, he received Robertson County’s Chamber of Commerce Teacher’s Excellence Award.  Also referred to as “Coach” by many students, John-Paul has served as head girls and boys varsity soccer coach for the Greenbrier Bobcats several years during his teaching tenure.

Mr. Wood has served on numerous boards and committees throughout his college and post-graduate life.  Mr. Wood has served for 9 years as the Social Studies Department Chair.  He is a member of the Education Association and has been a mentor for Austin Peay State University student teachers.

John-Paul is a 2 term Cheatham County Commissioner benefiting the 3rd district as education chair, emergency services chair and redistricting chair and capitol improvements member.

He worked for 2 years on the Nashville Adult Literacy Council and was a volunteer tutor for illiterate adults.

Mr. Wood is a Tau Kappa Epsilon alumnus and is a member of Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Science.

Mr. Wood was appointed in 2005 and 2006 by Congressman Marsha Blackburn as a delegate for the American Council of Young Political Leaders.  He is a member of New Hope Freewill Baptist Church.  Mr. Wood is an avid outdoorsman and member of the National Rifle Association and Pro-Life supporter.

“I want to serve the 78th District as your proactive, conservative, educator.”  You may contact the Wood campaign at

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