Robert Garrett Williams for Representative TN House District 12

I'm running because all Tennesseeans deserve good jobs, good Healthcare and a secure retirement.

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So why am I running? I’m running for that guy who works two jobs just to try to keep on keeping on.  I’m running for grandmothers who must choose between medicine or food.  I’m running for workers across Tennessee, advocating not for simply more jobs but for better jobs.  I’m running to make sure state programs meant to assist those who have lost their jobs to trade are fully funded so Tennessee workers can be retrained and retained in the workforce.  When I ran the newspaper, there were a few things I absolutely loved about the job.  One was talking to people.  Old, young, black, white, rich, poor, etc.- we have such a variety of interesting people.   I loved listening to them and writing about the fears, hopes, dreams and achievements of them, their families, friends and neighbors.  This is another of my motivations for running.  I want to take my neighbors hopes, dreams and concerns to Nashville.

American elections are supposed to have two candidates.  For far too long the voters in District 12 have not had a choice.  I’m proud to bring that choice to the ballot.   For far too long the people here have viewed the Democratic party as one that left them behind.  One that is out of touch and full of people from far away places such as New York, San Francisco, and L.A.  I’m running to show that is simply not the case.  This isn’t about right and left, it's about what’s right and wrong for the people in my District  & Tennessee.

  • We need to expand Medicaid immediately.Sevier County has more working uninsured than any other county in the state at nearly 25%. Because we have not expanded Medicaid Tennessee residents are losing $1.4 Billion a year in tax money leaving the state...that's 3.8 Million...every day!
  • 10 % of Sevier County residents do not have any access to broadband internet...that's over twice the state average. Broadband access is critical to success for a student in the 21st century.Why should children in  urban areas such as Knoxville or Nashville have an advantage over children in Sevier or any other part of the state? All Tennessee residents should have access to Broadband internet.
  • Its about liberty. When your sick, and cant afford to get better, you cant live your best life...that's not liberty. When public education becomes private and internet access is restricted by location and or affordability only the rich will have access to information. Information leads to knowledge. Without it you cant make the best decisions for your self and your family. That's not freedom.
  • I want to see Tennessee workers retained who would otherwise be unemployed due to loss of job to trade.


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