For the last 14 years of my career, I fought special interests to clean up Tennessee’s rivers and streams. Now, I’m running to clean up Washington.

Tennessee has more minimum wage workers per capita than almost every other state in the country. Ten rural hospitals have already closed, and fifteen more are in danger – including two in my district. In my district, over 60,000 people still don’t have healthcare, like one man I met in Parkridge, who had to resort to GoFundMe to crowdfund his son’s emergency healthcare procedures.

Meanwhile, my Congressman has spent his days in Washington buddying up to extremist politicians and powerful special interests. He’s taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from big lobbying groups, like the the tobacco industry, the NRA, and the insurance industry, all while voting against common-sense legislation like opioid research, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, and investing money in our rural communities.

East Tennesseans deserve a Congresswoman who is as brave, serious, and tenacious as the issues that we face demand. A Congresswoman who will work to increase the minimum wage, expand health coverage, and protect clean water. A Congresswoman who will fight special interests, not be paid off by them.

Over the coming weeks, I’ll share more about my plans for my district, Tennessee’s Second Congressional. Stay tuned by reading my updates below: