ELECTION 2014: Balderrama challenges Sen. Johnson on environmental platform


ELECTION 2014: Balderrama challenges Sen. Johnson on environmental platform

Franklin resident Amy Balderrama, a Green Party affiliate nominated by a caucus, is running to represent District 23 in the State Senate. Incumbent Jack Johnson’s sole challenger, Balderrama said “human ethics†are a critical guide in leadership. She will appear on the ballot in the Nov. 4 election.

Franklin resident Amy Balderrama, a Green Party affiliate nominated by a caucus, is running to represent District 23 in the State Senate. Incumbent Jack Johnson’s sole challenger, Balderrama said “human ethics†are a critical guide in leadership. She will appear on the ballot in the Nov. 4 election.  

  • Family: Two children
  • Education: Higher educational opportunities as afforded; leadership in energy and environmental design; accredited professional in building design and construction, and building operations and maintenance.
  • Occupation: Project manager at Deer Creek Homes, Inc.

SHHP: Why are you running?

Balderrama: I am running, because it is time to stand up – stand up for our children, our local economy and our environment. Increasing repercussions from corporate-funded politicians making decisions that benefit a select few have created urgency for me to get involved. Tennessee is currently ranked as the third most corrupt state in the nation; using

human ethics as a guide is paramount. Free from corporate sponsors, pre-defined political parties and special interest groups, I am able to represent the interests of our county on the economy, health and environment. Diversity within our government provides the opportunity for a government by all of the people for all of the people.

What are the most important issues facing the state Senate?

There is an urgent need to protect our children from legislation that will impede their ability to grow and succeed in the future.

There is an urgent need to improve our ranking from 42nd in the nation for health and provide a solution for the long and short-term effects on the residents of Tennessee, financially and physically, with such a low ranking. We need to stand up and improve those conditions.

Small businesses deserve the resources to thrive and contribute to support a strong local economy and a sustainable economy.

Our environment requires protection and smart planning to manage air quality, water demands, pollution and land use for the good of future generations.

If elected, what issues would you like to address?

Legislation on behalf of the health and welfare of children, and economic growth and protecting the environment.

Medicaid expansion, charter schools, Common Core, transportation and grant programs to assist veterans with the creation and opening of small businesses.

What can you offer that your opponent cannot?

I offer a fresh perspective in a Republican-dominated government to advocate for constituents who place the health and welfare of children, our environment and our economy first. [I wish] to represent diverse socioeconomic and cultural demographics of Williamson County through the democratic process.

Why should people vote for you?

I am an ordinary person in an extraordinary time who is committed to stand up for values and principles above profit and popularity, and to keep our children, our environment and our economy first in legislative decisions affecting Williamson County and the State of Tennessee. My experience being raised in and now as the head of a working class family provides a perspective from the day-to-day life many of us are living.

Jessica Pace covers Williamson County, Williamson County Schools and the Town of Nolensville for BrentWord Communications. Contact her at jess@brentwoodhomepage.com or follow her on Twitter @Jess_Marie_Pace.

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