State Rep. Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma) could be the hardest working politician in Tennessee.
On Saturday, Matheny, the only announced candidate so far for the Sixth Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN-06), stopped by the annual Pleasant View Firefighters Parade and Picnic in Cheatham County, sponsored by the Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department.
Cheatham County is in the far northwestern corner of the Sixth Congressional District.
On Friday, Matheny was in Putnam County, handing out 2,500 pencils and book marks to students and their parents at the Putnam County Back to School Bash.
Later on Saturday, Matheny was in Lebanon, where he gave a short speech at the Wilson County Republican Party annual picnic.
“Senator Beavers has been solid as a rock since I’ve been in the state legislature,” Matheny said of the gubernatorial candidate, who was also in attendance in Wilson County.
Matheny noted that during the horn honking protests over the proposed state income tax in 2000, when he was still just a private citizen, Beavers, then serving in the State House of Representatives, helped him navigate his way into and around the State Capital Building to make the case against the state income tax to state legislators who were on the fence.
Matheny praised State Rep. Mark Pody (R-Lebanon), who was also in attendance.
“You couldn’t ask for a stronger political friend,” he said of his colleague in the Tennessee House of Representatives.
Matheny then turned his attention to his campaign to become the next member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Sixth Congressional District, which includes Wilson County.
“I want to be your next Congressman. For fifteen years, I’ve done in the state legislature what Donald Trump has been trying to do in Washington now.”
“I’m a federalism guy,” he added. “I understand the Constitution, and I understand the proper role of the states,” he noted.
You can watch Matheny’s speech here:
Rep. Black, the incumbent Congressman in the Sixth District, is expected to announce her candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor in the near future.