Press Release from Debbie Matthews for Senate Campaign, Sept. 27, 2010:
COLUMBIA – Columbia City Councilmember Debbie Matthews outlined her priorities as the next state Senator from District 13 during a debate with 8-year incumbent Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) Monday night at Columbia State Community College.
Matthews asked the audience to remember one question when voting “Are you better off now than you were eight years ago?”
“As a City Councilmember, I’ve looked to the state Senate for help and we’re not getting what we need out of our current leadership. You can’t have a new government without new people and I want to be one of those people,” said Matthews.
Matthews discussed her legislative priorities including jobs and economic development, educational opportunities for all children, fiscal responsibility, and cracking down on illegal immigration.
Matthews discussed the need for tough fiscal restraint by the state government in order to balance the budget and took Senator Ketron to task for his abuse of the legislative per diem system.
“You can’t have new government without new leadership. You need to elect somebody else. I want to be that somebody else. I want to be someone who knows that every dollar counts. I want to be someone that works for everyone and not just special interests. I want to be someone that believes our test scores can be the highest in the state and I want to be someone that believes Tennessee and Maury County’s best days are ahead of us,” said Matthews.