Tillett, a Bedford county native, is a graduate of Central High School and a Vietnam veteran who served in the U. S. Navy. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and earned his Master of Business Administration degree, with an emphasis in Finance, from Pfeiffer University in North Carolina.
Tillett and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 35 years and have two children and three grandchildren. They are homeowners and attend First Christian Church.
Tillett has served on the financial management committee (formerly known as the county commission's budget and finance committee) since his election to the commission in 2002 and is currently its chairman. He also chairs the Bedford County Railroad Authority board.
"I will work hard to represent all the citizens of the sixth district," said Tillett, "and work in cooperation with other Commission members and city and county leaders. Bedford County is a great place to live, and together we can make it even better.
"In the last four years we have gained the confidence of national financial organizations who have upgraded Bedford County's bond rating to the best it has ever been. This has been possible through the selling of the hospital and using that $6.9 million dollars, after the debts of this organization was paid, as a fund that only the interest is currently being spent to upgrade the county's fire systems. We as a county continue to have significant challenges with the U. S. economy and education of our children. I believe, with your support and counsel, we can meet these and other challenges in the next four years."