A Knoxville native, Cheri Siler has lived in her hometown most of her life. She is running for office because she is passionate about strengthening our schools and helping create opportunities for working and middle class families.

Growing up in the family-owned business, Edwards Restaurant, Cheri learned the valuable lessons of hard work, fair play, and responsibility. Drawing daily from these lessons, Cheri has been able to relate to people from all walks of life: from the entrepreneur who creates jobs to the hard working employee who makes a business run. 

Cheri believes in passing on the strong values she learned as a child to her own family. She is a wife and the mother of six children ages 13 to 21, five sons and a daughter. 

Cheri's eldest son Carsten, 21, is majoring in aeronautics and will graduate in 2015 with a commission in the US Navy. Tyler, 19, has joined the family business, Volunteer Paving and Construction Company. Ryan, 19, is a freshman at UT studying Sports Management. Zachary, 18, will graduate from Central High School in May and has joined the United States Marine Corps. Jacob, 15, attends L&N Stem Academy and is on the USA Diving Junior Elite Performance Squad. Kayley, 13, attends Gresham Middle School and plays soccer and basketball.

Cheri graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a bachelors degree in Business Administration in 1991 and a masters in Mathematics Education in 2004.

She currently works for Knox County Schools as an instructional coach. She and her husband, Stanley, own a small asphalt and concrete company, Volunteer Paving.

The following went out to the media this morning:

Cheri Siler Reveals Opponent, Rick Briggs, Violates Military Rules in Political Ads

I am deeply concerned that my opponent, Rick Briggs, is playing fast and loose with the ethical rules that should guide campaigns.  While I have the utmost respect for his service to our country and his personal sacrifice to protect our freedom, I am troubled by his disregard for the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UMCJ)  in Briggs’ repetitive use of military photos in his campaign.  According to the Department of Defense UCMJ, a candidate must have a disclaimer statement on military photos used for campaign purposes.  Alarmingly, we see no such disclaimer on any of my opponent’s photos used in campaign materials.

  (source: http://www.dod.mil/dodgc/defense_ethics/ethics_regulation/1344-10.html)

Another serious concern is Rick Briggs’ unavailability to the voters of the 7th Senate district.  According to his campaign manager, he is very busy with lobbyists and fundraising in Nashville and has no time to participate in a debate or public forum with the people of Knoxville.  His entire primary campaign was focused on “I’m not Stacey Campfield, vote for me”, and now he is dodging our efforts to give the voters...



Over 20 days ago we requested 3 debates from our opponent, and to this day his campaign refuses to commit to any debates. Yesterday evening we spoke with him and he continues to be non-committal and evasive. 

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The Cheri Siler for State Senate Campaign has challenged our opponent, Richard Briggs, to a series of three debates over the next 2 months.  We feel these forums are vital for our democracy and for letting the citizens of Knoxville know where the candidates stand on the issues.  Stay tuned and we'll let you know the status of the debates in the days to come!