Media Alert
Chad Graham

chad grahamShelbyville, TN – Chad Graham, former Bedford County EMS Director and current County School Board Member, officially announces his candidacy to become Bedford County’s next Mayor.

Chad Graham wants to be Bedford County’s next County Mayor because he believes together we can make a Better Bedford for everyone. Chad is a 4th generation Graham of Bedford County who cherishes the community he grew up in and where he and his wife Denise “Punkin” Graham have raised their family, daughter Nikita Graham Hampton and son Daryl Graham. His parents Danny and Joan Graham still live in the home near Bell Buckle that he grew up in. He is a born-again Christian who attends Edgemont Baptist Church with his family.  Chad’s vision is to help Bedford County become the very best place to live and do business in Tennessee.

As a conservative Republican, Chad understands that when government is run more like a business, it is more efficient and provides a better investment for the taxpayer. He believes the primary purpose of county government is to: Educate our ChildrenProvide Public Safety and Support Infrastructure that leads to Better Economic Development.

Chad stated, “I believe my experience in both the public and private sectors as well as my vision and leadership make me the best candidate for Bedford County Mayor. It would be an honor to continue serving my fellow Bedford neighbors as their Mayor.”

Chad’s background gives him unique experience and insight on how to best combine these powerful forces to make our county better—he knows how to get things done. After graduating from Cascade High School, Chad served in the U.S. Army and then upon returning home to Bedford County he became a Paramedic for the county. Moving up the ranks of Bedford EMS, Chad ultimately became the longest serving Director of Bedford County’s Emergency Medical Services for over seventeen years. During his tenure Chad was able to establish multiple EMS stations along with a county wide medical first responder program.  After retiring from Bedford EMS, Chad chose to remain in the health care industry and he currently works in private practice.

Chad also understands that Bedford County has a great opportunity to take advantage of the dramatic growth in Middle Tennessee.

“We need to attract more businesses and good paying jobs – that’s the primary factor to improving the quality of life for everyone in the county. While at the same time, preserving our way of life and that can be done through proper economic development and smart growth,” Chad said recently.

Some of Chad’s current and past public service credentials include serving on the 911 Board of Directors, the Hospital Board of Directors, serving as President of the Tennessee Ambulance Service AssociationPresident of the South Central EMS Director’s Association and serving on the Bedford County School Board from the 7th District.
Chad’s campaign will focus on Better SchoolsBetter Public Safety and Better Infrastructure.

Chad recently said, “Some of the accomplishments I’m most proud of as a school board member is the approval of the New Cascade High School, additional elementary classrooms being added and the enhanced Career Technical Education program at Shelbyville Central High School. As a community, nothing is more important than properly educating our children and I’m proud to be part of the solution.”

For more information about Chad Graham and his campaign to be Bedford County’s next Mayor, please visit or email Chad at


Paid for by Chad Graham for County Mayor. Jennifer Graham, Treasurer.