Democratic candidate for Governor Martin visits Elizabethton

Published 5:00 pm Tuesday, September 20, 2022

A lack of leadership among state officials, particularly in the area of healthcare, prompted Dr. Jason Martin to run for Tennessee governor.
The Democratic candidate visited Elizabethton on Monday, talking with supporters at the Carter County Courthouse and walking downtown to the Bonnie Kate Theater, where he reviewed progress in renovations.
Martin, a critical care doctor, told supporters that Gov. Bill Lee has failed to guarantee state residents, particularly in the area of Medicaid expansion. Martin advocates the expansion of the program, saying by fully participating in the program Tennessee could serve an additional 400,000 residents. He said expanding Medicaid would also help stave off hospital closures and medical bankruptcies.
Martin has campaigned for legalization of cannabis, citing the potential of more than $400 million in tax revenues as well as the medical benefits, and for the legalization of abortion.
He faces incumbent Bill Lee, a Republican, in the Nov. 8 general election. Also on the ballot are eight independent candidates.

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