Democratic candidate for governor will visit Elizabethton Wednesday

Published 12:17 pm Friday, October 22, 2021

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Dr. Jason Miller, Democrat gubernatorial candidate for Governor for Tennessee, will visit Elizabethton Wednesday, Oct. 27.
Miller will be at the Covered Bridge Park at 11 a.m. to share with potential voters and the public his vision and priorities for Tennessee.
Miller, who hails from Sumner County, is making it a point to visit every county in the state.
He is a critical care physician at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin. Martin announced in August that he would seek the Democratic nomination for governor to face incumbent Republican Bill Lee in 2022.
As a doctor, Martin stated that Tennessee’s tepid response to the COVID-19 pandemic was the biggest factor in his decision to seek public office but also noted concerns about the state’s education system, access to health care and economic development in rural areas. 
Medicaid expansion was another area Martin said he would like to see Tennessee get on board, noting that the state has turned roughly $1.4 billion annually in federal funding to expand health care access for lower-income Tennesseans.
“One-fifth of the counties in this state don’t have an emergency room,” he said. “Since 2012, we’ve had 14 hospitals close in Tennessee, mostly in underserved counties. It’s affordable health insurance for hard-working folks, it’s a way for them to have access to health care.”
Martin also decried Tennessee’s education system, which he said ranked among the lowest in the nation in terms of funding.
“We’re bringing thousands of new jobs to the state, billions of dollars are being invested and we’re sitting on billions in a rainy-day fund. And we rank 47th when it comes to funding our public schools. I think we can do better,” Martin said. “We are dramatically underfunding our schools. Kids need to be able to come out with the skills to go out and be successful.” 
Martin’s wife, Jennifer, is a dermatologist in Nashville and the couple has three children, aged 14, 12 and 10. He did his residency at Vanderbilt and worked at Meharry Medical College and Nashville General Hospital before coming to SRMC.

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