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Guy Stanford, Jr., 24, and a Clarksville native, is running for Clarksville City Council in Ward 12.

Stanford is a father of two boys, Darrin “Ace” Stanford, and Guy Stanford III. He graduated from Kenwood High School in 2013, where he played basketball, earning All Area and All-District honors.

He completed his first three years of undergraduate studies at Tennessee State University before transferring to Austin Peay State University to finish his degree in business marketing. During his time at TSU, he published his first book, “1865 Was A Lie,” and started his foundation, “Guy Stanford Keep Hope Alive Scholarship” for local high school students. He also studied abroad in Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin.

After his undergraduate tenure, Stanford returned to APSU and completed his master’s degree in strategic leadership, and is also nearing completion of his MBA at Trevecca Nazarene University.

During the completion of his first master’s degree, he published his second book titled, “The YES (Young Entrepreneur Success) Guide.”

In his first semester at APSU, he and his business partner, Jaquar McMickle, started their technology company, InfinityCoLLC, in which they offer smart controls and automations, as well as custom apps for universities.

Also, during his master’s program, Stanford launched a credit consulting company, Stanford Credit Repair, which focuses on maximizing your credit score and leveraging it for life goals.

He is now the co-owner and CEO of Clarksville’s Fat Shack restaurant — featured on the TV series Shark Tank and picked up by mogul and Dallas Mavericks (NBA) owner Mark Cuban — along with local entrepreneur and basketball coach Zavion Williams.

Stanford says his connections and resources “give the city of Clarksville a real opportunity of becoming the most innovative city in the South.” He is a  member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. of the Theta Beta None Greater Chapter at APSU.

Stanford says his five core competencies for his campaign are bringing more jobs and opportunity to the city, more innovative and sustainable entertainment, community engagement, teaching financial literacy and credit building, and, more emphasis on safety.

He wants people “to feel comfortable raising families here, using their degrees here, feel proud about living here, and ultimately build an unbreakable Clarksville community bond.”

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