I find it laughable to see people post editorials on the Chattanoogan and claim to be a Republican voting for Joda. In reality, when you review the person’s voting record, they typically have a suspect voting record.
Truth is, Joda is a Democrat – pure and simple. When listening to Joda he never talks about his Democratic values and opinions. Instead he talks about how he wants to work with Republicans to address the important issues facing our state. The funny thing is, Joda only wants to work with Republicans if we will pass legislation based on the views and values of the Democratic Party and Big Labor Unions – which are not the same values shared by the majority of residents in District 30 who have consistently voted Republican for decades.
Here are a few examples that I can find – Esther is pro-life while Joda is not. Esther is pro-Second Amendment while Joda is not. Esther has worked in the healthcare industry as a nurse and wants to remove the grip insurance companies have today on healthcare decisions and restore these critical decisions back to the patient and their doctors. On the other hand, Joda talks about growing Obamacare by expanding Medicaid in Tennessee – a solution that our state simply cannot afford, at least not without raising taxes. Most important, Esther has a proven record on job growth. As a City Council member, she has helped lead the effort to bring millions of private investments into East Ridge to develop the I-75 corridor, ushering growth for new and existing businesses as well as new tax revenues that ensure the city can provide needed services without raising property taxes. On the other side, Joda has little, if any, experience on this important issue outside of advocating for the Democratic platform of mandating a livable wage for everyone, which is code for the Democratic Platform of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour that will have a negative impact on small businesses and essentially kill needed job growth.
Simply put, District 30 and Tennessee cannot afford to send Joda to Nashville. Early voting is underway now. I hope all Republicans, especially the ones who live in District 30, get out and go vote for Esther in this election. District 30 needs Esther in Nashville so she can advocate for our values and ensure our state and community continue to move forward – not backwards.