Voters who would like to meet Trisha Farmer, Democratic candidate for the Tennessee 57th District House seat, may do so at a series of Tuesday meetings from May until the November election.
Farmer has scheduled each Tuesday, starting in May, at 7 p.m. as "Coffee with the Candidate" at various locations around Wilson County.
On the first Tuesday of each month, it will be at the Providence Panera Bread location. On the second Tuesday of each month, it will be at the Starbucks on Lebanon Road near the North Mt. Juliet Road intersection. On the third Tuesday of each month, voters can meet Farmer at the Lebanon Starbucks on South Cumberland. On the fourth Tuesday of each month, voters can find her at the Dunkin' Donuts on Lebanon Pike in Old Hickory.
Farmer said more meet-the-candidate nights are planned. She will face incumbent State Rep. Susan Lynn in the Nov. 4 General Election. Neither candidate has opposition in the August primaries.
"I have heard from many people that Susan is unwilling to meet with the voters of Wilson County and won't really even give them the time of day unless they agree with her positions. People feel dismissed, not like their concerns are important or heard," Farmer said. "I'm willing to meet with them and want to hear their thoughts. My campaign is focused on the people who live here, not outsider national special interest groups who care about their agendas. I really care about the same issues that people in Wilson County care about, too, like education, healthcare and infrastructure. I want them to know I will listen."
Farmer said "Coffee with the Candidate" will be a mainstay of her campaign. She noted her campaign can be reached at (615) 379-8298, her e-mail address is email@example.com and the campaign's mailing address is Trisha Farmer for House 57, P.O. Box 1573, Mt. Juliet, TN 37121-1573.
"I'm going to be accessible to the voters," she said. "For far too long, the people of Wilson County have felt shut out of the democratic process, and we're going to change that."