Tag Archives: district 37

Debating ‘Obamacare’ in a state House Race

The partisan divide on Obamacare showed up in a debate between state legislative candidates Dawn White, a Republican opposed to the federal law, and Robert “Bob” New, a Democrat who supports the act, according to the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal.
The two are competing to serve in the Tennessee House of Representatives 37th District in the upcoming Nov. 6 presidential election that starts with early voting Wednesday. The two exchanged views on health care, taxes, jobs, education and other issues during a 45-minute debate organized by the League of Women Voters Murfreesboro/Rutherford County at Murfreesboro’s City Hall.
While White sees Obamacare as a law that is killing jobs and economic development in Tennessee, New contends the Affordable Care Act is leading to more jobs in a state with a large healthcare industry, such as the way Hospital Corporation of America recently announced it was adding 2,000 jobs in Nashville.
“Any time people have health insurance, it’s good for the healthcare business,” said New, who has a 37-year background as a registered nurse. “Insurance reform is good for Tennessee. It will add jobs in Tennessee.”

On House District 37: New vs. White

Democratic House candidate Robert “Bob” New knows he’s been out-funded by Republican Dawn White in their race for the new 37th House seat in Rutherford County, but he’s forging ahead anyway.
From the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal:
“We’re working. We’re not conceding anything,” New said, adding he believes he has enough money to run a good campaign but needs more volunteers to go to work for him.
Though she out-raised New $29,800 to $4,400 during the second quarter, according to information filed with the state Registry of Election Finance, White said she isn’t taking anything for granted.
“I am continuing to attend as many community events as I can and am knocking on doors to meet as many residents of the district as I can possibly meet,” White said.
Jobs and education are the main campaign platform for New and White, who steamrolled Smyrna resident Richard Garvin in the Republican primary. But they have very different outlooks on both issues, in addition to health care.

A Report from House District 37 (Rutherford open seat)

Republican candidates for the newly-created 37th House seat both tout a background in education and the private sector as they campaign for the post, reports the Daily News Journal.
In fact, Smyrna resident Richard Garvin and his wife, Natara, met at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., before he finally persuaded her to marry him. Now, he’s a professor at Fisk University in Nashville, in addition to office manager of Star Medical Group in Smyrna, and she is director of Career Development and Leadership at Fisk.
Natara supports him “fully” in his House campaign, calling it a step in the right direction that dovetails with his other community service. Garvin served on the Smyrna Planning Commission for two years and is still on the Smyrna Historic Zoning Commission.
…At age 27, he identifies with people in their late 20s and early 30s who are starting to pay more attention to the world of politics, she said.
His opponent, Dawn White, of Murfreesboro, a former Murfreesboro City Schools teacher who entered the business world, understands the point of view of teachers and small business owners. She wants government to get out of the way of business and to let teachers spend more time on children and less on evaluations.
Like Garvin, she serves on numerous boards such as CASA of Rutherford County, Read to Succeed and the Sam Davis Memorial Association and believes a seat in the state House would be the next step in public service
.