Mark Pody Announces Candidacy for State Senate Seat Mae Beavers Is Leaving to Run for Governor

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State Rep. Mark Pody (R-Lebanon) announced today that he is a candidate for the State Senate seat that Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) is leaving to run for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018.

“I want to officially announce that I am a candidate for the 17th Senatorial District in the state of Tennessee,” Pody told The Tennessee Star in an exclusive interview.

“Senator Mae Beavers is going to be running for governor, and she’s going to make an awesome conservative governor. That leaves her seat open, and I want to make sure that seat is filled by a good conservative individual. I want to run for that seat,” Pody added.


“Here are the reasons why I think that this is important,” he said.

“First, we have to have somebody watching our money. And I promise you this is taxpayer money, it is not government money. I’m going to be watching how we spend that money. We want to make sure that we only spend it on the limited things that government is supposed to do,” he continued.

“Government is not something for every single idea. Just because it’s a good idea doesn’t make it a government idea,” Pody added, sounding a note that resonates with the limited government themes of the Tea Party movement.

“The second thing that we need to do is, we want to make sure we are still creating an environment to attract high paying good quality jobs. I think it’s important that we don’t just do this as corporate welfare. The environment we have to create is going to be where businesses want to expand and relocate to Tennessee because we’ve got a good fair tax structure, where our regulations are common sense, and we have a highly trained and skilled work force. That work force has to be well educated,” the Mt. Juliet State Representative said.

“Those are going to be the priorities that I’m going to be working on as a State Senator. We’re going to be watching our money, making sure it’s spent well. We’re going to be attracting the good companies that need to come in here with high paying jobs with a qualified highly educated work force and a terrific tax environment for businesses,” Pody concluded.

Pody added that those interested in learning more about his campaign can go to

Pody and Beavers sponsored a bill in this session of the Tennessee General Assembly designed to ensure that men would not be able to go into girls bathrooms in state government owned facilities in Tennessee.

Far left protesters interrupted the press conference they organized in February to describe the details of that bill.

Pody described that event in an exclusive interview with The Star in February

“Now last week was a little bit different, because Senator Beavers and I, we actually wanted to have a discussion about two of the bills that we were running,” Pody told The Star:

One of them is just a bathroom bill. We believe that males should use the male restroom and girls should use the female rest room.

It’s pretty simple and common sense.

We wanted to talk about it. We gave everybody an opportunity. We called a press conference. We said were going to be here at this time. Let’s talk. Let’s answer questions.

When we got there, there was no interest in answering questions.

They had an interest in just yelling for the cameras.

And that’s exactly how we felt it was, so we started talking, and as soon as they were going to start yelling, we’re not going to be in a yelling contest.


In March, Pody withdrew the bill from consideration in House of Representatives for the 2017 session of the Tennessee General Assembly.




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