Trisha Farmer recently announced her candidacy today to represent Old Hickory, Mount Juliet and West Wilson as a Democrat in the Tennessee State House of Representatives.
"I am running for District 57 State Representative to be the voice of my neighbors," Farmer stated in a release. "Our current representation is funded by outside special interest groups who want to further their national agenda and do not have the interests of Wilson County at heart. I want to represent local interests and ensure that the needs of Wilson County are addressed. "
Farmer is a wife, mother, and community activist with a career in marketing. She understands the challenges ordinary families face and wants to ensure that the citizens of Wilson County have their voices heard in the state legislature.
One of five children, Trisha is the daughter of a union auto worker and a homemaker. When her father was disabled through an accident while she was teenager, Trisha started working with her mother cleaning houses to support the family. As a student at Colorado Christian University in Denver, she pursued a B.A. in Biblical Studies while working full time as a life guard. After college, she started her marketing and sales career as a mobile marketing touring manager for the Army National Guard to with the goal of increase enlistments. After several successful years, Tricia lost her job during the economic downturn in the mid-2000s like other 8.8 million Americans. After some hard times and hard work Trisha started working in the insurance industry.
Trisha currently works with Medicare eligible beneficiaries as a consultant and volunteers her time working with the poor and disabled to help them gain access to prescription drugs through low cost or no cost programs. In addition to her professional life and volunteerism, she leads a local group of 1,100 women looking for evidence-based birthing resources called the Nashville Birth and Midwife Community. Her advocacy for birthing women and their families has included lobbying Senators and Representatives for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, Fetal Assault Law, and most recently the Pay Equality Act. Her political experiences have led her to become more and more concerned with how the legislature is working against the interests of the people of Tennessee in favor of businesses and the inherent problems that arise when this happens.
"Like many of you, I am very concerned with our state and the direction that it is heading. Where are the bills to improve our roads? Where is the funding for education? Why are there 5,000 residents in Wilson County that do not have access to healthcare?...
"We are ignoring issues of public safety and public health while passing ridiculous bills which do not increase the quality of life for Tennesseans. Good bills have been killed without ever making it to the floor for the public to hear, yet we have no problem hearing skunk bills, state gun bills, state book bills, teacher union bills... Our voices in Wilson County are not being heard at the state level!"
Farmer said she promises to bring a new era to Wilson County politics, one where constituents are heard and local issues, not national agendas, are her primary focus.
Farmer's campaign can be reached at Trisha@trishafarmer.com or at (615) 379-8298.