Improving the Health of Nashvillians
Healthcare is critical to our community, both in terms of access to services and our economy. The failure of the legislature to support Governor Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan has cost Tennessee $2.5 billion while denying care to 300,000 Tennesseans, including 24,000 veterans who honorably served our country.
As State Representative, I will work to ensure that we maintain an environment that encourages innovation, investment, and improvement in the health outcomes for all Tennesseans while properly supporting a sector of Nashville’s economy that employs 250,000 people.
Building an Environment for Economic Growth
Nashville’s location and status as a transportation hub make our city a prime center for commerce. Our relatively low taxes and the city’s character, along with our rich natural resources and southern authenticity, attracted over 100 million visitors and nearly $20 billion in economic impact in 2016.
As State Representative, I will remain focused on fundamental issues like building an educated workforce that is prepared for the jobs of the future and protecting the traits that make Nashville attractive.
Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders
As a parent, I believe that educating our children and teaching them the values of hard work and common decency is the most important thing we do. I am a strong supporter of public schools and the teachers and administrators who have dedicated their lives to our kids.
As State Representative, I will do everything I can to ensure to have the resources and support they need to do their job to the best of their ability, such as investing in early childhood education and afterschool programs, improving teacher pay, and ensuring schools have the resources they need to prosper.
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 gripping epidemic was responsible for more early deaths than automobile accidents, suicides and homicides last year. This is a complex issue that will take vision and focus to solve.
As State Representative, I will eagerly work with doctors, first responders, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, patient advocates, policymakers, and our neighbors to implement several of the common-sense recommendations put forward by the Ad Hoc Opioid Task Force and find new solutions to this crisis.
Sustaining Our Infrastructure
Many of our state roads have sat in a state of disrepair for far too long. I-440 has sat virtually untouched for thirty years while it crumbled before our eyes. With the vast resources of our state, it should never have reached this state before the state began to consider addressing it.
As State Representative, I will ensure that the state roads we use to get to work, transport our children to school, and route our emergency vehicles are well-maintained and optimized to handle the conveyances that travel on them.