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In a press conference yesterday, Democratic candidates for Tennessee State House united to demand better opportunities for Tennessee workers through passage of the Tennessee First Act. This common sense proposal would give responsible Tennessee businesses first crack at state contracts—instead of hiring slightly cheaper companies from out-of-state, such opportunities would be offered to comparable local businesses first.
Nashville Metro Councilmen Darren Jernigan and Bo Mitchell, along with State Reps. Sherry Jones, Mike Stewart, Mike Turner and Joe Townes, joined to discuss this proposal which Jernigan called “a no-brainer”.
“When I was working with Governor Bredesen, if someone had a good idea or proposal that would benefit the people of our state, it didn’t matter if that idea came from a Democrat or a Republican, we’d work to see it happen,” said Councilman Bo Mitchell, candidate for State House District 50. “The Tennessee First bill is not just a good idea, it’s a great idea. It helps support responsible Tennessee businesses and their employees who have helped make this state such a great place to live and work.”
In the effort to refocus on issues important to all citizens, Democrat and Republican alike, the candidates called voters to consider the most crucial problem facing Tennesseans—the economy—when casting their ballots this fall.
“Whether it was the ‘Monkey Bill,’ the Don’t Say Gay bill or Republican conspiracy theories about Agenda 21, Republican leaders found plenty of time to avoid talking about what people in my district really care about the most, and that’s creating jobs for working families and opportunities for the middle class,” said Representative Sherry Jones.
By coming together in public support of the act, the candidates made their priorities clear. Instead of wasting time in conflict over controversial and non-essential legislation, Tennessee Democrats wish to focus on something we all, regardless of party lines, can agree on—support, innovation, and initiative in creating opportunities for all Tennessee workers.
Democrats like Bo, Darren and Sherry are facing a well funded Republican machine that is determined to stop Tennessee First and other common sense proposals. Please donate $10 today to support their campaigns to put Tennessee First >>
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