State Rep. Jay Reedy (R-TN-74) told his House colleagues in a letter that he would run for Speaker.
The other announced candidates for Speaker are Reps. Mike Carter (R-TN-29) of Ooltewah, Matthew Hill (R-TN-07) of Jonesborough, and Curtis Johnson of Clarksville (R-TN-68) as announced candidates for speaker, according to a story by The Tennessee Journal: On the Hill. Possible candidates include Reps. Cameron Sexton (R-TN-25) of Crossville, Ryan Williams (R-TN-42) of Cookeville, and Jerry Sexton (R-TN-35) of Bean Station.
The Erin, Tennessee, representative’s letter to his House colleagues read:
The Eyes of Tennessee are upon us!
Things are forgotten from one generation to the next, which should not be.
It seems that we have forgotten God, Country, and Family. We hold to self-indulgence and moral corruption that goes against Gods (sic) Laws. We turn our backs on our country and family when we come to Capitol Hill and forget why we are elected.
The reason that I fought to be elected to HD 74 was to continue my service to God and Country, as I had as an enlisted U.S. Army Soldier and later as a U.S. Army Reserve Officer.
Respect and responsibility require much trust! The trust that we share in the Honorable Tennessee House of Representatives is a must, among the members, for the future of ALL Tennesseans.
Seven Basic Values that I was taught in the Army:
Loyalty – Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit and other soldiers.
Duty – Fulfill your obligations.
Respect – Treat people as they should be treated.
Selfless Service – Put the welfare of the nation, the Army, and your subordinates before your own.
Honor – Live up to all the Army values.
Integrity – Do what’s right, legally and morally.
Personal Courage – Face fear, danger, or adversity (physical or moral).
(I have, will, and will take these values to my end.)
I have the ambition, drive, tenacity, self-confidence, and psychological openness, to continue to be the leader for God, Country, and Family!
The future of all Tennesseans matter!
After much prayers, thoughts, and conversations, I feel obligated to run for the upcoming open-position of Speaker of the House for the remainder of the 111th General Assembly.
I would be honored to have your vote of confidence to serve as your next speaker!
PS. I will not be making phone calls and harassing you for your vote. I look forward in speaking/meeting with you to discuss the future goals of the House of Representatives.
Reedy and his wife Vickie have three children, according to his House biography. He is a cattle farmer/small business owner.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.