As a former U.S. history and civics teacher, I know how important it is for our next generation to understand the importance of how our freedoms and liberties must be fought for and defended at all times. As a constitutional lawyer, I’ve defended these freedoms in courts and legislatures around the nation.

But I’m running for office because our children need to see elected leaders fighting to do what’s right instead of fighting to get re-elected. Our elected leaders must model a respect for our constitutional systems and structures, treating constituents and colleagues with civility and respect.

In these difficult times of economic transition and geopolitical instability, many voters I talk to are uncertain. Our kids have questions. We can’t predict the future and we can’t preserve the past.

But we can ensure our education systems and elected leaders prioritize civics education so that we can learn from the past and prepare our children for the future so that Tennessee and the United States continue to be free long into the future.

I promise that I will always lead with civility and respect – first, for the voters, and second, for my colleagues. We can disagree without being disagreeable. We can be persuasive, acting with honor, character, and integrity.

And I’ll never forget who I answer to – you, the voter. I want to hear from you, what you care about, and what keeps you up at night. You can always contact me by e-mailing me at [email protected] and calling me at 615-762-8837.