Deanna McLaughlin for City Council - Ward 2
Deanna McLaughlin was born in Portland, Oregon, and raised with her brother Gary by their Mother in Vancouver, Washington. After graduating from Evergreen High School and attending Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, she married David McLaughlin who was a soldier in the United States Army. In 1993 the McLaughlins were reassigned to Fort Campbell where their daughter Kaitlan was born. After serving 22 years in the United States Army, McLaughlin’s husband retired and the family made Clarksville-Montgomery County their forever home. Deanna has been a constant resident of Clarksville City Council Ward 2 for nearly 29 years.
McLaughlin began her community involvement through military-affiliated organizations and with the encouragement of friends and neighbors, she ran for Clarksville City Council in 2006. She was the first active-duty military spouse elected to be a member of the Clarksville City Council. McLaughlin was re-elected twice and ended her time on the city council in December 2018 after serving three consecutive four-year terms.
While a member of the Clarksville City Council McLaughlin consistently fought to reduce government spending and stop tax burdens on our citizens. McLaughlin also advocated for transparency in city government. McLaughlin successfully lobbied the Tennessee Department of Transportation for several significant improvements along Ft. Campbell Blvd. Among these are five signalized crosswalks along Ft. Campbell Blvd. and Providence Blvd., the soon-to-be-built sidewalks from Quin Lane to Cunningham Lane, and Walnut Street toward Providence Blvd., and the funding for 41 new bus shelters to be located along Ft. Campbell Blvd. and Providence Blvd.
In 2011 McLaughlin worked closely with law enforcement to create the city council ordinance that banned synthetic drugs. This effort ultimately inspired the state law banning the same substances.
Keeping to her efforts for transparency in government, McLaughlin held monthly town hall meetings to discuss items that were to be voted on by the Clarksville City Council and address the concerns of her constituents. McLaughlin also kept Clarksville residents informed on issues through her email distribution list and Facebook.
Deanna McLaughlin is currently the chairman of Clarksville-Montgomery County Crime Stoppers and has been the governor-appointed Tennessee Commissioner to the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission since 2011. She also helped spearhead a fundraising effort that raised much-needed funds in 2015 to repair vandalism at Stokes Little League Field. Deanna has been active in various non-profits, charitable organizations, and veteran groups throughout her time in Montgomery County.
Deanna McLaughlin lives in northwest Clarksville with her husband David and their dog Vader.
Ward 2 covers northwest Clarksville, bounded by Highway 374, Fort Campbell Boulevard and Dover Road.
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Deanna's Focus Points
"I am a firm believer in servant leadership. I understand that as an elected official, my priorities are those of my constituents... you are the ones who elected me to represent you and I will do that with all my heart. I was PROUD to represent the people of City Council Ward 2 before and due to my experience I am already aware of whom to contact to assist the residents with their city-related and other government entity concerns. YOU CAN COUNT ON ME!"