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What office are you running for?
TN State House, District 63
With which party are you running for office?
November 3, 2020
Why are you running for office?
I am running because my community deserves a candidate who represents all of the people, and not just special interests. The current officeholder has voted for bills that aren’t in the best interest of District 63 constituents and that don’t support our community’s values. I want to offer an alternative as a candidate who lives out her values and lets them inform her votes. As a mom, teacher and Sunday School Director, I believe I share the values of the community at large and would bring these with me to the State Legislature.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
Right now, the coronavirus, also known as COVID19, is the top issue on everyone’s mind both in District 63, and the rest of the country. Our county is the home of the first confirmed case in the state, and our schools were the first to close at the beginning of March. I know the issues that need to be dealt with immediately are not something that I will be able to change as a newly elected member of the Tennessee House, in January, but I believe we will still be dealing with the ramifications of this pandemic in 2021 as well.
My focus on expanding Medicaid and fully funding public schools ties in directly to this crisis. With 700,000 Tennesseans uninsured because of the lack of Medicaid expansion, our citizens are especially vulnerable to high medical costs and lack access to nearby medical facilities. Even our local hospital, Williamson Medical Center, has had to furlough almost 200 employees. We must expand Medicaid immediately..
It is also during these unpredictable times when we don’t know the future that all teachers and school staff need to feel confident that they have the resources and funds they need to teach, even via virtual learning when necessary. And if the voucher plan that was led by the current officeholder in 2019 moves forward, our Williamson County public schools will not be guaranteed the funds they need. We need a representative who believes in and fully supports our public schools.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
I believe the most important part of fixing the divide is listening to each other and continuing to show respect to everyone on both sides of the aisle even when we disagree. In both professional and personal settings I have worked and been close with people with whom I disagree politically. But we never come to common solutions without listening to each other and valuing each others’ opinions, even when they differ.
Who is your hero?
My heroes right now are doctors and nurses fighting coronavirus. By no fault of their own, they have found themselves in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis. Yet they courageously continue going back to work to care for others, even when it jeopardizes their own health and safety. I have friends that work at Williamson Medical Center and I appreciate their daily sacrifice, knowing that we will be well cared for in times of crisis, as long as they are provided with everything they need to provide the highest quality of care.
What are your hobbies?
In recent years my hobbies have included learning about politics, watching sitcoms, working out, and cooking.
What is the most recent book you read?
Educated by Tara Westover
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
I have 3 kids, aged 2, 5, and 7. They are part of the reason I have been inspired to run!
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
I would love for people to get involved in the campaign by following our social media pages and sharing with their friends! We have many ways to help, including joining the fundraising team, or signing up to phone bank in the near future. And of course, if anyone can donate $5 or $25, every donation goes a long way in local races! Find all of the details at my website: ElizabethforTN.com.
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