I've seen a lot of opinions regarding Patsy Hazlewood in the last few weeks. Clearly people seem to have strong feelings about her, one way or the other. Having seen much written and said about her in that time, I thought I might try to paint a clearer picture and give the voters of District 27 a more informed view of one of their candidates.
Many of her accomplishments and qualifications have been discussed in great detail. Her voting record has also seen its fair share of conversation. In all of those writings, not much light has been shed on who she is as a person. It's true that she has served our community in a number of leadership roles in her 30 plus years here. It's also true that she has served many of those roles in Knoxville as well while she was working as the regional director for BellSouth.
Who Patsy is, however, is about more than the roles she's performed or for whom she has voted. Patsy is the product of God-given intelligence and a lot of hard work. She grew up as the oldest of four on a farm in Alabama. She paid her own way through college. She started as a management trainee and moved her way up to an executive position by cooperatively working with those around her and by simply working hard. Through all of her accomplishments she has always sought to give back to those around her, and she has put in tremendous effort to serve others.
While Patsy certainly worked hard and sought to serve the community, she always found time to make sure that her family came first. She attended every sporting event she could, no matter how hectic her schedule. She worked a full day and cooked dinner just about every night. She managed more tasks in one day than I ever thought humanly possible and she always managed them with total aplomb. Her character was revealed in her every day life when she showed her husband and her son that no matter what she had going on, she was always there for them. It is this kind of attitude and ability that will serve her well as she looks to represent us in Nashville.
How do I know these things to be true? That's easy: I'm her son and I've seen her character consistently demonstrated for all 32 years of my life. Please strongly consider voting for my mom on Aug. 7. She pours her heart and soul into each and every task and I know that she will make every effort to serve the residents of District 27 as completely and honorably as possible.
Patsy Hazelwood has all the qualifications one could ever hope for in a State Representative. A proven leader consistently involved in moving Chattanooga forward for decades, she is the one we need in Nashville. Those making a big deal out of a primary vote in the distant past must have forgotten that Ronald Reagan was a Registered Democrat prior to 1963. That didn’t keep him from being one of the greatest Republican presidents. Vote for Patsy who will be a great State Representative.