"Public service is about putting people first. We have to stop big business from buying elections," Amelia Morrison Hipps, candidate for the Tennessee State House in District 46, said in a recently issued news release.
In the release, Hipps noted that since 2011, incumbent State Rep. Mark Pody's political campaigns have been funded in large part by business interests, "to which he is now beholden in the state legislature."
"Mark Pody's legislative priorities have been bought and sold," Hipps said. "Those filling Pody's campaign coffers support school vouchers and using taxpayers' dollars to pay for private schools, something I strongly oppose.
"They are from insurance-related PACs (political action committees) and companies that come before Pody's committees. As an insurance salesman, this is a direct conflict of interest for him, yet he takes their money and carries their legislation without blinking an eye. Today, we're launching '46 for the 46th' to take this seat back from special interests," she continued.
With her "46 for the 46th" campaign, Hipps is seeking the "working men and women" of District 46 to join her election campaign and make a minimum campaign contribution of $46 and encourage four to six of their relatives, friends and neighbors to do the same.
"We are going to win this race by countering Pody's corporate donations with $46 donations from the working families of District 46. Big business interests have been trying to squeeze average working people out of the political process ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United that corporations are individuals.
"The people of Wilson, Dekalb and Cannon counties have more sense than that, and we are going to fight back with the best weapon available - strength in numbers," she added. "This race is about the people of District 46, and if enough small-dollar donors come together to join the '46 for the 46th' movement, we can make a huge difference in the upcoming election. If you want a representative who will fight for public education, quality healthcare, equal pay for equal work, a living wage and increased benefits for senior citizens and veterans - issues my opponent has consistently fought against - then help send me to the General Assembly."