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Gino Bulso just became the seventh person to pick up his petition to run for the Tennessee House of Representatives District 61 seat that is being vacated by Rep. Charles Sargent.

Sargent, a Republican, was first elected to the seat in 1996. He announced in October that he was not running for reelection this year due to health reasons.

Bulso, also a Republican, is a practicing trial attorney and father of five who has lived in Williamson County for over 20 years with his wife, Kathy.

In a news release, Bulso said that his strong commitment to family was one of the main reasons he has decided to run for office.

“I am running because I believe strong families are essential to the prosperity of our state and country,” Gino said. “I have always had a passion for public service. I have always believed we find our greatest happiness and our greatest fulfillment in our families, but too often, our government passes laws and policies that weaken, rather than strengthen, the family. I want to be a voice for those who believe that the strength of our country ultimately depends principally upon the strength of our families.”

Bulso believes that he can put that philosophy into practice by working on behalf of Williamson County families in several key areas.

“Most of us in live Williamson County because we have family here or wanted to raise our family in a great place with great opportunities,” Bulso said. “But with that growth and opportunity, come challenges: traffic, schools and quality of life, just to name a few.

“Managing these and other problems requires a conscientious and hard-working representative in the state legislature to ensure the wonderful place we call home is protected and preserved.”

In addition to these local issues, Bulso said he is strongly pro-life.  He also describes himself as a proud supporter of the 2nd amendment and an advocate for better border security.

Fiscally, Bulso is a conservative who puts a priority on reining in the national debt.

“We must limit the size and scope of the federal government — and its bureaucracy — and empower our state and local governments, as our founders intended,” he said.

On the professional front, Bulso has been named one of Nashville’s best attorneys by The Best Lawyers in America and was named Nashville Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America in 2014. In 2016, he was appointed by the Supreme Court of Tennessee to serve on its Rules Commission, according to the news release.

Bulso joins Republicans Rebecca Anne Burke, Jeff Ford, Bobby Hullett, Brandon Ogles and Terrence Smith in the race for Sargent’s seat.

A candidate running as an independent, Matthew Kuhn, has also picked up a petition to run.