By Rebecca Barnhart-Allen
Speaker of the Tennessee State House, Beth Harwell, visited the Republican Party Headquarters for a Meet and Greet, Monday, October 8th, where she gave a brief speech and endorsement of Republican nominee for State House District 3 seat, Timothy Hill.
Representative Harwell, the first female House Speaker for the state in U.S. history and in her twelfth term in the Tennessee House of Representatives, has also served on the House Commerce Committee as Chairwoman and as the House Republican Caucus Whip. She is well known for her work in strengthening sex abuse laws and stronger victims rights. She also sponsored Family First legislation and the Childrens Act for Clean Indoor Air. Locally, she was instrumental in encouraging the state to procure Doe Mountain for eventual use as a state park.
Her speech focused on her beliefs, including smaller government, a government closest to and working for the people, and business, especially small business, needs to be freed from government restraints so that they may prosper and excel. In her words, The mundane can produce the magnificent. She continued with the recent Republican record of lowered sales tax on food, elimination of the gift and inheritance tax, a balanced budget and the restored rainy day fund. She went on to say that nominee Timothy Hill represented the same beliefs, and with his strong work ethic and honesty, he would be a strong asset to the House.
Hill, a lifelong resident of the Tri-Cities area and graduate of ETSU, has first-hand knowledge of not only its unique attributes, but its problems as well. Mr. Hill hosted Good Morning Tri-Cities, a local radio broadcast regarding current events from the perspective of his home state, for three years. He then went to Washington, D.C., where he worked for the 1st Congressional District as Press Secretary and Communications Director. He returned to his home state in 2008 where he opened a private business, Rightway Marketing, where he learned first-hand, the difficulties of small business in a rough economy. His company, now thriving, continues to operate.
Hills speech centered around jobs and education for District 3. His hope, if elected, is in procuring more funding for education, job training, and incentives for businesses to locate or hire locally. He would like to make job training and career education more accessible, and to encourage children in the district to further their educations beyond the high school level.
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