Under the Tennessee Constitution, legislative authority of the State is vested in the General Assembly, which consists of a Senate and a House of Representatives, both dependent on the people (that is, popularly elected). The name of the legislative authority may vary from state to state, but usually it is called the Legislature or the General Assembly. The official title in our state is the "General Assembly of the State of Tennessee," but may also be properly referred to as the Legislature. The Senate is composed of 33 members who are elected to four-year terms of office. They are elected by the voters of their Senate legislative district. A senator must be a citizen of the United States, at least 30 years old, a citizen of Tennessee for at least three years and a resident of the county or district he represents for at least one year before the election. While Senate terms are for four years, approximately half of the senators run for office every two years by odd- and even-numbered districts. This is generally referred to as "staggered terms".
*Economy & Jobs- It’s important that we work diligently to get Tennessee back to the sound fiscal condition we were in before the pandemic started. We are rebounding faster than most other states. We need to work thoughtfully in our economic recovery and during this economic downturn while maintaining critical state services. Through my work at Sertoma Center, I have balanced budgets, met payrolls and developed jobs while supporting our most vulnerable citizens.
*Safety- I have continuously supported our first responders in their work to keep us safe. At a time when they are being attacked nationally, it’s important that we make the needed improvements in training and policy, but to stand by these men and women who make sacrifices everyday for all of us.
*Opportunities to succeed-I will continue to advocate for quality education for all. Good schools are the key to jobs an economic success for our children and our communities. It’s important to continue to prioritize education.
I think that both the state and local governments have done as good a job as they could with the changing data they had at the time in dealing with the pandemic. We have put a priority on testing and need to continue to do so. We have tested the 7th most per million population of all the states. We have prioritized obtaining and supplying PPEs to meet the needs of Tennesseans. We have accessed federal funds and will continue to distribute these funds throughout the state according to the restrictions of the funds. We have also worked to disseminate the current information and data so the local governments and citizens throughout the state could make informed decisions based on them individually and their own community.
I am running for reelection to continue to help the constituents of the 6th District with their unemployment claims, disability services, TennCare services and concerns with roads (to name a few). Also I want to continue to be a voice for the voiceless. I have sponsored and passed legislation to support:
• Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and child sex abuse
• Public education for both students and educators
• People with disabilities, the elderly and foster children
• Efficient and improved roads, bridges and airports
• First responders and a safe Tennessee
• Fragile children
While I understand that we will not always agree, it’s important to treat people with respect. I promise to serve with compassion, honor and integrity.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit Tennessee, our state was facing crisis: crisis in healthcare, crisis in economic opportunity and a crisis in representation. What is worse, the pandemic and the state legislature have made each of these crises worse. Tennessee has the highest bankruptcy rate due to medical bills in the country. We have rejected $1.4 billion annually in Medicaid Expansion to get healthcare to working Tennesseans based on partisan politics. Our legislatures are writing bills to protect businesses instead of workers. For too long, a handful of big corporations and special interests have called the shots in TN and divided our families against one and other. Our Senators are handed corporately crafted bills and asked to present them on the floor when we need them to write their own legislation protecting the people of TN. Follow the money. Our economy is suffering. The Middle Class is crumbling. Businesses are hurting. We need real leadership in Nashville.
Tennessee’s leadership response to the Covid-19 crisis has been one of the worst in the nation. Instead of implementing simple, effective strategies to mitigate the spread of the virus, they chose to ignore health experts’ advice. We should have a robust contact tracing program in place and rapid testing in every community. Tennesseans are paying for our neighboring states to have health insurance through the Federal program called Medicaid Expansion, but our legislators have said NO to that help at home, over and over again. This decision has NOTHING to do with a tight fiscal budget and everything to do with blind allegiance to Washington’s political nonsense. We need to demand healthcare access to the most vulnerable in our communities. You deserve a Senator that will hold the Governor accountable and be a vocal advocate. Let’s get our Vanderbilt and UT experts together with legislators to define the best ways to get out from under crisis. Tennesseans first.
Tennessee is a living paradise, but our legislators have put it up for sale to corporate grifters that swarm in with low paying jobs, no benefits and ruin our land for profit. Working, middle class Tennesseans are under attack from corporate sponsored Senators. Much of the rubber-stamped legislation protects big business, not small, local Tennessee businesses. Low wage jobs, a right to work state, environmental deregulation, and large companies incentivized by working class tax dollars are sanctioned by the State Senate. Tennesseans are feeling overwhelmed by the constant demand to sacrifice more to get less. We need well funded public schools with well paid teachers as a priority for our children, higher standards for those who police our state, protection of women's rights as per the constitution, immigrant and LGBTQ rights. I am running to work for the middleclass Tennessean. Politics is not my family business.