Nancy Fischman has lived in Johnson City, Tenn., since 1978. Together with her husband, David Close, they raised two beautiful daughters—Alexis and Maren—both of whom attended Johnson City Public Schools and graduated from Science Hill High School. Nancy graduated from Clark University in 1971, and then earned a Master’s Degree from East Tennessee State University in 1983. While attending ETSU, Nancy participated in the National Abandoned Mine Lands Inventory program, recording the health, safety, and environmental problems associated with abandoned and unreclaimed coal mine lands across the region and the United States.
After graduating from ETSU, Nancy worked for the Kingsport City Planning Department where she served as a Long Range Planner for the city. Nancy has also worked for The Road Company, a not-for-profit theater company located in Johnson City as the Development Director. As the Development Director, her main responsibility was fundraising for the organization. After leaving The Road Company, Nancy was named the Managing Editor for Now & Then Magazine, published by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at ETSU. For 10 years, she helped edit and did the layout of the magazine, which was dedicated to informing the public about the Appalachian Region. In 2005, she left the magazine to start her own freelance business as an independent graphic designer and editor.
Nancy is an avid supporter of local artists. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Johnson City Area Arts Council and has been a fundraiser for the Blue Plum Festival. Nancy now serves on the Johnson City Public Art Committee and chairs the Leased Art subcommittee, tasked with choosing new sculptures for Johnson City’s Public Art Corridor. Nancy is also in the process of opening a business in Johnson City that will offer studio and gallery space to local artists. She has been a long-time supporter of Downtown Johnson City and sees her business as contributing to the overall progress of Johnson City, and as a partner in the enhancement and transformation of the city’s downtown district.
Nancy is a regular volunteer in the community. She has coached youth soccer, helping young children develop a sense of self-confidence and teamwork—invaluable life lessons. As a member of Shady Oaks Garden Club, Nancy has helped make decisions to fund projects that have contributed to the beautification of Johnson City and Jonesborough. Through Shady Oaks, Nancy has supported other organizations in Johnson City, including the Salvation Army, The River Ministry for Women, and One Acre Cafe. She is on the planning committee for an event called Earth Dreams that will enhance the public’s knowledge about local community and environmental issues, including water quality and pollination topics.
A member of B’nai Sholom Congregation, Nancy has served as Religious School Director and on the Board of Directors. As President of the Congregation, Nancy helped lead the celebration of B’nai Sholom’s 100th Anniversary. She chaired the successful Rabbi search committee, which met the congregation’s goal of hiring a full-time Rabbi in 2015. Nancy also is editor of the congregation’s bi-monthly Bulletin.
Nancy ran as the Democratic candidate for District 7 of the Tennessee State House of Representatives in 2012, earning 34 percent of the vote. After watching the State Legislature take votes on frivolous issues this past session, such as a state gun and a state book, Nancy decided it was time to run again. The three important issues that she is going to be championing are Education, Healthcare, and Opportunity. As Tennesseans, Nancy knows we’ve all paid into the system, but Representative Matthew Hill has not done enough for the people of Washington County. The State Legislature in the past several sessions has not done enough of what is important for all of us in Washington County—what is important for our families, what is important for the future of all our citizens, and what is important for the future of our children. This is why Nancy is running for office and why she is asking for your vote.