|One of the Republican Party primary candidates vying for a seat in the Tennessee General Assembly will hold a town hall meeting with residents Thursday, July 12, in downtown Murfreesboro.
The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. inside the Rutherford County Courthouse.
"I'm very excited that we are continuing my grassroots listening tour with our first town hall meeting," said Smyrna resident Richard Garvin, who is running for the newly aligned District 37 seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives.
The new District 37, which was formed under the recently passed redistricting plan, comprises eastern La Vergne, a portion of Smyrna, Walter Hill and north Murfreesboro.
"As Americans we are blessed to live in a free nation where we have the right to assemble and ask questions," said Garvin, a professor at Fisk University. "Our campaign is completely focused on hearing from each individual because I believe (politicians) learn best by listening to the voters."
The self-described lifelong conservative is hoping to outdo fellow Republican primary candidate Dawn White, who is a Murfreesboro resident, in the Aug. 2 primary.
Garvin announced plans for the listening tour in June only days after White declined to participate in a series of public debates, noting his request for the faceoff remains on the table for the remainder of the primary race.
"Voters all over the district are tired of the same political insider politics," Garvin said in a press release.
As of Friday, no one from the White campaign could be reached to confirm whether she will attend the town hall meeting.
Since announcing his bid for the state House, Garvin said he has listened to many constituents who have expressed disappointment with the political climate, in addition to the overwhelming concern for the economy.
"The people," he said, "deserve someone different representing them in Nashville."