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IMPROVING THE HEALTH OF NASHVILLIANS

Healthcare is a vital part of our community and our economy. I was recently appointed by the Republican Speaker, Cameron Sexton, to serve on the Health Committee, which plays a critical role in how we care for our urban and rural neighbors. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a number of challenges facing our healthcare system, which has already experienced a record number of rural hospital closures.

As your State Representative, I will continue to work to maintain an environment that encourages innovation, investment, and improvement in the health outcomes for all Tennesseans.

BUILDING AN ENVIRONMENT FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH

Nashville’s central location makes our city a prime center for economic growth and development. Our business friendly environment, along with our rich natural resources and southern authenticity, attracts more than 100 million visitors and nearly $20 billion in economic impact last year.As State Representative, I will focus on the fundamental issues like building an educated workforce  prepared for 21st century job opportunities.

EDUCATING TOMORROW’S LEADERS
I believe educating our children is the most important thing we do as parents and as a community. I value the commitment of our teachers and administrators who have dedicated their lives to our kids.

There is no doubt this fall will be unlike any others experienced in our lifetime. Now, it is more important than ever that every child has access to a quality education, in person or virtually. These are not partisan issues, and we must work together in order to overcome these historic challenges. Now is not the time for petty partisanship, it’s time for real leadership. 

As your State Representative, I will continue to work to improve early childhood education and after school programs. I believe our teachers deserve to be paid  for the incredible work they do, and our schools must have the resources they need to prepare our next generation of leaders.
COMBATING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC
Last year, there were more opioid prescriptions written in Tennessee than there were men, women and children living in the state. This  epidemic was responsible for more early deaths than automobile accidents, suicides and homicides last year.As State Representative, I will focus on the underlying behavioral health issues, as well as the impact this epidemic is having on our hospitals, particularly our rural health providers.
SUSTAINING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE
Many of our state roads and bridges have sat in  disrepair for far too long. I-440  sat virtually untouched for thirty years while it crumbled before our eyes. Our everyday lives and businesses are impacted by increased congestion and a lack of a cohesive plan to address our regional transportation issues.As State Representative, I will make sure the roads we use to get to work, transport our kids to school, and route our emergency vehicles are well-maintained and can handle our projected growth. I will also work with local, state and federal officials to implement common sense solutions to our transportation challenges.

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