Ronald Reagan Part of Senate District 13 Debate

Candidates for Tennessee’s 13th Senate District hurled accusations of unethical and illegal behavior during debate at Columbia State Community College, reports the Daily Herald.
Incumbent Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, and challenger Debbie Matthews, D-Columbia, both quoted Ronald Reagan while highlighting their agendas.
Ketron said he planned to streamline state government and pointed to one bill he sponsored that consolidated two departments and saved taxpayers $600,000.
“Ronald Reagan was right when he said ‘government is not the solution, it is the problem’,” Ketron said.
Matthews said Ketron has spent eight years in office and half of his district is suffering from some of the highest unemployment rates in the state. However, Ketron’s home of Rutherford County has seen a net gain of jobs.
“Is Maury County better off now than it was eight years ago?” Matthews asked the crowd of more than 250, echoing Reagan’s 1980 campaign speech.

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