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    Marquita Bradshaw
    (Dem)

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    Yomi Faparusi
    (Ind)

  • Jeffrey Grunau
    (Ind)

  • Bill Hagerty
    (Rep)

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    Ronnie Henley
    (Ind)

  • G. Dean Hill
    (Ind)

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    (Ind)

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    Aaron James
    (Ind)

  • Elizabeth McLeod
    (Ind)

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    Kacey Morgan (Withdrew)
    (Ind)

  • Eric Stansberry
    (Ind)

Biographical Information

What is the most important challenge facing our country and how do you propose to address it?

What policies will you pursue to promote social and racial justice in our country?

What measures do you support to improve and secure elections and voting in the United States?

Why do you support or oppose removing the ratification timeline for the Equal Rights Amendment?

What actions would you take to address the threats facing the United States due to climate change?

Campaign Phone (901) 295-8366
Environmental justice has been my focus for the past 25 years. But we can’t talk about the environment without talking about healthcare. Pollution makes people sick. But more than that, poor people and people of color disproportionately share neighborhoods with manufacturers that pollute. So we can’t talk about healthcare without talking about the economy, workers’ rights, the wage gap, and good jobs. And we can’t talk about the environment or the economy without talking about education. Children who live in poorer communities grow up with a greater toxic burden, affecting their health and how they learn. We need to ensure good education for all students regardless of zip code so they have equal opportunities upon entering the workforce.
I support theories of restorative justice and affirmative action. Restorative justice will ensure that black and brown Tennesseans, who are disproportionately imprisoned due to unequal treatment under the law, receive the opportunities owed to them. I will also call on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate allegations of systemic racial bias in our criminal justice system. Affirmative action was put in place to start the reparation process for centuries of denying education, self agency, economic disenfranchisement, apartheid, and free labor from Africans of the American Chattel enslavement system. Speaking truth is power, I support affirmative action and true reparations that acknowledge how the wealth of America was built.
I support automatic voter registration, secure Vote by Mail, outlaw gerrymandering, making Election Day a National Holiday, thorough campaign finance reform, including overturning Citizens United, and creating Voters Rights Legislation that protects our ability and right to vote in America. Finally, I signed the WolfPac Pledge which support a U.S. Constitutional Amendment to ensure a truly representative government that is responsive to the will of the people. Once an elected official, I pledge to vote in favor of and support the Free and Fair Elections Resolution applying for a limited Article V Convention for the exclusive purpose of proposing an Amendment to fix our broken campaign finance system.
I support the removal of the ratification timeline for the Equal Rights Amendment. There is no timeline for ensuring that every American, regardless of sex, race, religion, or economic status is treated equally. I will fight for this amendment and other legislation guaranteeing these rights until they are made into law.
I support the Green New Deal & its initiatives to usher in a new era of economic growth for Tennessee. We should invest heavily in infrastructure, jobs & leaving the Earth a cleaner place for our children to explore. This means requiring corporations to have environmental, social, and governance plans which rapidly remediate their waste and decrease environmental harm. I will pass legislation that encourages a complete lifecycle of products with recycling or reuse to achieve net-zero waste. And invest heavily in training, education, and career opportunities for professionals who are desperately needed in a rapidly changing environment: biologists, climatologists, renewable energy engineers, regenerative farmers, conservationists and more.
The most important challenge facing our nation today is healthcare especially with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic has exposed the weaknesses in our healthcare system such high cost, lack of access, inequalities (social and racial) and shortage of personnel to mention a few. Short term and long term solutions are needed. Short term solutions include expanding medicaid coverage further temporarily and encouraging states to expand through creative incentives. Long term, we need to brainstorm why healthcare is so expensive. From personal experience, this is borne out of unnecessary tests and studies often ordered due to the defensive practice of medicine. Doctors and trial lawyers need to sit down and talk, and find common ground
1. Education- this is the most important when one considers making institutional changes. It is often at the elementary school level that one sees divergent paths in lives of individuals. Often inner city schools, that usually have predominantly minorities, struggle and the consequences are seen in failing grades. Give incentives to educators such that the school location does not matter. 2. Equal pay across genders- long overdue! 3. Reform federal laws that allow gaps for racial injustice 3. Immigration reform- immigration more than a social issue; it is an economic issue 4. Voting rights in particular looking at the state laws that bar all or most felons from voting- chills political speech 5. Incentives for investing in poor communities
1. Ensure that voter registers are accurate by having checks and balances ahead of elections. This should be done in a way that allows enough time for appeals, before elections. 2. Permit mail in ballots- allows more participation in the electoral process. 3. Improved technology to protect against hacking.
I oppose removing it because like the late Justice Ginsburg, I have concerns about the ratification process after the ERA deadline. In particular, my rationale is the same because while 3 states recently ratified after the deadline, 5 states that originally ratified have rescinded their ratification. That said, I STRONGLY believe the ERA should be passed.
1.I will promote policies that are backed by science but will also balance my decisions with the economic impact. As an independent, I will not be forced to take a partisan stance but rather I will judge each issue independently with an independent mind. 2. I will push to reverse some of the environmental friendly policies reversed by the EPA. 3. Give more research dollars to research on climate change 4. Incentives for manufacturers incorporating climate change in their designs such as technological designs to reduce green house gases.

In summary, I will strive to show that the United States can harness climate change, science and economics in addressing the threats.
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Campaign Phone (731) 613-3196
Campaign Email henleyr215@gmail.com
Campaign Instagram http://henley6379
Homeless/Poverty I Propose Homes For All, Free Access To Job Training, Tuition Free Colleges/Universities, Federal Job Guarantee, Medicare For All, Universal Basic Income, Setup More Food Banks, Soup Kitchen's Creating A Economy That Works For Everyone Not Just The Wealthy.
Everyone Should Have Equal Rights, And Will Decriminalize Marijuana, Anyone With Marijuana Charges And Non Violent Offender's Will Be Released And Charges Will Be Expunged, Also Will Not Tolerate Discrimination/Hate Crimes Especially From Law Enforcement If They Violate They Will Be Terminated Without Pay/Benefits , Will Face Charges, Fines, Fees, Prison Time To Be Determine By A Judge Will Be Blacklisted From Employment In Law Enforcement, If Law Enforcement Neglects Their Police Department Funding Will Be Reduced.
United Nation's Should Be Allowed Oversight Of Our Elections, Would Have Election Officer's To Respond To Any Type Of Election Fraud, Digital/Electronic Voting Machines Require Paper Trail A Lot Of State's Requiring Photo ID This Is A Burden On Low Income Middle Class/Poor Denieding Voting Access Because They Can't Afford, I Propose All States To Assist Anyone Retaining Information If Legit The State Will Issue Them A Free Photo Indentification Only For Voting Purposes, Ex Felons Have Right To Vote, Automatic Voter Registration, Declare Election Day A National Holiday, Make Postage Paid Mail In Voting Permanent Also Campaign For Passage Of More Election Security Legislation.
I Support, Need To Change Language To Ensure Everyone Has Equal Rights Regardless Of Sex, Age, Race, Religion, Lifestyle, Etc.
Sign Paris Accord Climate Treaty, Require Environment Friendly Renewable Energy, Incentives To Anyone That Invests In Efficiency, Passage Of Green New Deal.
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I'm not going to sugarcoat it, at this very moment in time, the most important challenge facing our country is a president who is utterly devoid of the 3Cs that are vital for effective leadership: Character, Compassion, and Commitment. We were damned with this president as the end result of decades of two-party political divisiveness that only serves career politicians - of both parties- and their handlers. As an Independent Centrist, my number one priority in office will be top to bottom political reform. This will include term limits, campaign finance reform, strict limitations on lobbyists, and overturning Citizen's United. We need leaders who are functional human beings, not groomed puppets or self-serving sociopaths.

In addition to the aforementioned political reform, my next priority will be education. And I'm not talking the 3-Rs, I mean education that starts in the womb and before. We start by introducing sex education on the first day of middle school. Then making sure we provide every resource necessary for young couples to properly prepare for parenthood. Followed by early childhood education, with exposure to arts, natural sciences, and cultural diversity. The only way we will rid our country of the plague of social and racial injustice, is to stop indoctrinating our children with our socially fabricated frailties. We are, after all, human first, and whatever else we may call ourselves, a very far distant second.
We have to get big money out of politics, period. Also, every citizen needs to be automatically registered to vote on their 18th birthday, with this information regularly updated following the same protocols as social security. Also included in the above education reforms needs be citizenship classes stressing the importance of civic engagement - and not just some cast-off third period begrudgingly taught by the football coach. We need every American to understand exactly what goes into the governmental mechanisms that dictate the realities of the daily lives, and the vital role they play in determining the makeup of those mechanisms. Instilling a real sense of personal pride and responsibility, not blind faith and laying blame.
I will admit, I had to Google this one. Having done so, I have to say I can't believe this is even a thing. Not only should there not be a deadline for ratification, we have to ask ourselves why, after nearly a century since its introduction, are there any states still undecided?
First, we need leaders whose comprehension of objective reality supersedes their political ideologies and self-interests. Second, an educated populace that understands their own role in climate change, both good and bad. Until we regain a sense of balance with our environment, Nature is going to continue showing us who is really in charge. Or, as I say in my book "In Search of a New Millennium": "We will either choose to embrace the evolutionary profundity that has brought us this far, or we will, by default, continue to suffer every indignity wrought by our contrived ignorance." Governments and corporations are both manmade constructs that will only succeed to whatever extent they abide the natural laws over which they have no control.
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I dropped out of the race and endorsed Marquita Bradshaw - please visit my website to view my public statement.
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