Why I'm Running
I’m Susan Sneed, and I’m running for TN State House, District 20, in Blount County because it’s time for a new voice in Nashville–your voice.
State government works best when it’s done by regular people who know what’s needed in our schools, neighborhoods, and local economies because they’ve experienced these things firsthand. I have been a minister, a business consultant, and a healthcare advocate, all of which requires an intimate knowledge of local-level issues.
While Washington politics are dramatic and distracting, state-level policy decisions make a significant difference in the lives of regular people–you and me, our neighbors, and the institutions we rely on. That’s why I want the opportunity to take local concerns to Nashville and get real results for all of us.
Too many of my neighbors–and yours–are nervous about their access to good healthcare, whether that means worrying about the cost of rising premiums and care or even having insurance at all.
In 2014, the Tennessee State legislature passed a law prohibiting Medicaid expansion, rejecting money from the federal government (raised through taxes) to help 300,000 working Tennesseans get access to affordable health insurance. The result of this is that the tax dollars of Tennesseans now go to support the healthcare institutions of other states who took the expansion, while our citizens try to get by with less.
Refusing to have this difficult conversation at the state level has cost Tennesseans. While the General Assembly spends time and energy playing politics and legislating trivia, I’m running for State House so I can facilitate some hard conversations–conversations about healthcare, jobs, education, and the environment. We must have these difficult, even unpleasant, conversations if we’re ever going to find effective solutions for ourselves and our neighbors.
Much of my professional life has been spent helping organizations and teams work together to get things done. As a minister, an executive in product development, and a business consultant, I don’t back down from difficult situations. I’ve helped congregations, teams, and organizations develop strategies to move ahead together.
The General Assembly can do better. Having tough conversations, airing different viewpoints, listening to each other–that’s what leads to the best decision-making in any organization and that’s what Tennessee needs right now. That’s what I believe, that’s been my experience, and that’s what I’d like to take to Nashville.