AUGUST, 2016– Rep. Bryan Terry’s process to find solutions has been well documented. His businesslike approach involving identifying the premise, goals, and feasibility of options has provided District 48 with consistent and proven representation. As his method works for finding solutions, Dr. Terry states that voters can use the same process when selecting a candidate for which they will cast their vote and knowing one’s goals is instrumental in being satisfied with their choice.
“Voters of all demographics have different needs and priorities. District 48 is very unique in that we have suburbs, MTSU, farms, and some inner city areas. Having walked the district multiple times speaking to thousands of constituents allows me to understand the needs and priorities of our community. Identifying the goals of our citizens allows me to better serve our district,” explained Rep. Bryan Terry
One such group of citizens is millennials. Echoing the feelings of many his age, Beau Brown, a current MTSU student and graduate of Central Magnet, stated “Millennials like me want to be heard and not discounted. It means something to us for our elected officials to actually listen to us. We, also, are concerned about debt and the economy. We want careers when we graduate, and not to be burdened by high taxes to pay off debt.”
Brown went on to say that Rep. Terry has done a great job of reaching out to our youth. Rep. Terry worked with Central Magnet students to co-sponsor the “Right to Try Act” and with MTSU students to co-sponsor the “Racial Profiling Prevention Act”. He was the only legislator to work with students in such a capacity. He, also, hosts an art contest for high school students. Whether attending forums at MTSU or giving talks to high school and college students, Rep. Terry has been actively involved with our youth. This fall he is slated to speak at the annual Urban Youth Leadership Conference and to the MTSU College Republicans.
Carla Marston, a Wilson Elementary parent, said her goals are being met. “As a parent of students in public school and someone involved with school activities, I want my elected official to listen to parents and advocate for our concerns. Rep. Terry has been very active at the Capitol. He’s very responsive, and definitely willing to take a stand.” She cites Rep. Terry’s willingness to not only stand up for parents, teachers, and students at the state level, but at the local level, as well. Whether it is filing amendments and bills or speaking directly to the Governor or the school board, Rep Terry is known for speaking up and getting results.
Jackie Archer, a long time resident of Rutherford County, said, “As a grandparent, I’m mainly concerned about two issues: my grandkids and stretching out my retirement. Rep. Terry has done an admirable job as a representative and has been effective in helping with those goals.” As a constituent, Mrs. Archer teamed with Rep. Terry to effect change change with the textbook adoption process. Together, they were able to get the Tennessee Department of Education change their process in order to have more parental input at the local level. Mrs. Archer, also, praises Rep. Terry earning the title of Taxpayer Hero from American’s for Prosperity.
Wendy Hiett, a nurse, and Mike, her husband and MTSU professor, own a farm in Christiana. “We farm, and we vote. It’s encouraging to have a representative that supports our rural community, but, also can articulate the needs of the entire district including MTSU,” said Wendy. Echoing those sentiments Mike stated, “Bryan is the kind of statesman that people want and that we need.”
Rep. Bryan Terry grew up in a blue collar auto salvage family with a family farm, and is currently a physician at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. He is the only Native American in the Tennessee General Assembly and is the current State Representative for District 48. “It’s my hope that people can see that with such a diverse district, that we need someone who is able to meet the goals of the constituency. I think that when people know my background and see my results, they know I am doing just that,” explained Rep. Terry.