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I am running as an independent candidate for the 6th District seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

The primary system is not working.

It currently allows and encourages the most extreme elements of both political parties to control our options in the general election.  We wind up with (1) unnecessarily polarizing rhetoric that divides our nation and (2) ineffective legislators who don't know how to solve real problems.

Locally, the result is that instead of crafting legislation to provide good schools, jobs, infrastructure, and healthcare, our "representative" has given us an official state rifle and wants to arm teachers!  He and his cronies turn down federal money for healthcare and highways and vote against needed road funding and expanded opportunities for higher education.

The solution is simple.  We don't have to support the two-party system.

As an independent candidate, I have skipped the primaries and gone straight to the general election.  I haven't received support from either state or national party, and I won't be beholden to them.  If I win, I won't spend one minute worrying about a primary challenge in the next election, so I'll be able to concentrate on legislation to address real issues for the real people in my district.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018 8:26 PM

First Endorsement

We are proud to announce our first official endorsement from Melvin the Rescue Dog, who has a big following on Facebook and Instagram!

Sunday, October 7, 2018 12:00 AM

NASW Candidate Forum

I participated in a nice forum on Thursday night!

The story in the paper is not entirely accurate in that nobody said that they support Medicaid expansion “regardless of cost”.   I support the Insure Tennessee plan that Gov. Haslam negotiated with the state hospital association, in which the association picks up the 10% not covered by the federal government resulting in no increase in taxes or debt for the state.

Sunday, August 19, 2018 3:56 PM

Murph at Appalachian Fair

I've got a booth at the Appalachian Fair all this week.  Come see me and my supporters at booth #115 in the air-conditioned comfort of Commercial Building 1!  I will try to be there as much as possible during the week.  My goal is to meet and talk to as many District-6 voters as possible.

By the way, we'll be holding a drawing for the car used in the booth after the Fair.  Register on the website!

Saturday, July 14, 2018 12:00 AM

2nd-Quarter Campaign Finance Article in JCP

This article covers recent finance reports for several local campaigns, including my own.  For some reason, JCP still thinks Justin Leslie is on the ballot for the 6th District; he's not.

The Hill Gang has raised a lot of money for Micah Van Huss, including an interesting $5000 contribution from the Tennessee Employees Action Movement a month before the Gang came out with a press release opposing privatization at Northeast State.

While I generally agree with their position in the release (which would be better if it actually took the form of legislative action), I don't think we should have to pay our elected officials to simply get off their butts and say the right thing.  Drain the swamp, already!

Sunday, February 11, 2018 12:00 AM

Johnson City Press Interview

Over the past few weeks, Zach Vance of the Johnson City Press has been interviewing candidates for public office.  Here's my interview with him!

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