Patsy Hazlewood Speaks At Civitan Club Meeting

Friday, August 1, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

District 27 candidate for Tennessee's House of Representatives Patsy Hazlewood told the Chattanooga Civitan Club, "I think I can go to Nashville and do a good job for District 27...I think I can do it and I think I can do it well."

Endorsed by former county mayor Claude Ramsey, Ms. Hazlewood was also the first female president of the Chattanooga Rotary Club. Most recently, she worked as the Regional Director of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

 

Ms. Hazlewood also said she "certainly" would consider herself a fiscal conservative, saying, "I never had the luxury of being able to spend money I didn't have at my house or in any business I've ever been involved in and I don't think government should be able to do that either."

She said she believed the best way to help people is to make sure that they are educated and prepared for the "jobs that are out there tomorrow." 

She also said, "I think that economic development is a key issue for our state."

Ms. Hazlewood pointed out, "We really have a need for technicians." She said that the factories and manufacturing plants of today are much different than those of the past. Often, employees need computer skills to run the equipment. 

Another concern she said she wanted to address in Nashville was education. She said, "We are a donor county. We provide more money to the state than we get back for education. That's something I want to work on."

She also said she had concerns that all of the testing required by Common Core would take away from time spent learning in the classroom. 

However, she said she did understand the need for standards.  

She said, "The employer ought to be able to trust that if they have a diploma from a Hamilton county school that they be able to pass a basic math test."

Ms. Hazlewood is running against Tommy Crangle for the seat of retiring Rep. Richard Floyd.

 


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