Sen. Jim Tracy recently announced his candidacy for the 16th District in the Tennessee State Senate by vowing to continue putting people before politics.
Tracy said the focus of his campaign will be on moving our economy forward, continuing to improve our education systems, and illegal immigration reform. The district consists of most of Rutherford County and all of Bedford and Moore Counties.
"Tennesseans expect their leaders to put people, not politics first," Tracy said. "I was elected in 2004 to represent all residents of the 16th District, Republicans, Democrats, independents, men, women, children, the privileged and the poor. That's why I have worked across party lines to bring change to the State Senate on issues that make a difference in the lives of the people of the 16th District."
On the economy, Tracy supports lower taxes and less government to create more, high paying jobs in the 16th District. The key to a successful economy is good jobs, quality infrastructure, and a world class education system.
"As a small business owner, I understand the challenges our economy faces," Tracy said. "With $4 a gallon gas, many Tennessee families are struggling to make ends meet. That's why it is all the more important that our government lives within its means. I am strongly against a state income tax and I am proud to have voted for the largest tax cut in Tennessee history and against a $200 million tax increase last year.
On education, Tracy said he wants to ensure that teachers and students have the resources they need to be successful. He said that means ensuring that education dollars are going directly to the classroom and working to increase parental involvement.
Tracy's leadership on the Senate Education Committee earned him the 2007 Tennessee School Boards Association Legislative Award and the 2008 Rutherford Education Association's Friend of Education Award.
"As a former teacher and school board member, I understand the education needs in our state," he said. "Statistics show that if a student has an involved parent, an environment where they can learn, and a quality teacher, they will succeed. We need to ensure that each and every student has an opportunity to succeed in the classroom and beyond."
On illegal immigration, Tracy has sponsored legislation to ban all state services for illegal immigrants and punish those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants. Tracy also sponsored legislation which ensured that those in the state illegally do not have access to a Tennessee driver's license.
"We are a nation of laws," Tracy said. "While we welcome those immigrants who come here legally and want to become a part of the American dream, we cannot ignore the dangers that come from the influx of illegal immigrants. Illegal immigration is a considerable burden on our court system, our healthcare system, and our education system. I will continue to fight for common sense measures to control illegal immigration in Tennessee."
Tracy is the only Republican candidate in the primary election on Aug. 7 and will face the winner of the contested Democratic primary in the Nov. 4 general election.
Tracy and his wife, Trena, have been married for 32 years and have three sons, Chad, Craig and Connor. He is the owner of Tracy Insurance in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville and is a deacon at Fairlane Church of Christ in Shelbyville.
Tracy serves on the board of directors for the Rutherford County YMCA and the University Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University. He is also a member of the Rutherford and Bedford County chambers of commerce, as well as a member of the Murfreesboro Breakfast Rotary Club.
In the State Senate, Tracy is the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and serves on other committees including the Education Committee, the State and Local Government Committee, the Commission on Aging and Disability, and the Long Term Care Advisory Council.