MURFREESBORO, Tenn., July 2, 2015– On Monday, Rep. Bryan Terry met with Governor Haslam in what Terry called the District Debriefing. Throughout his campaign and as an elected official, Terry spoke about “self governance” in which an educated citizenry actively participates in exercising their civic authority.
The foundational principles of self governance involves building relationships with elected officials and becoming educated on the issues. On the local level, Terry walked the district multiple times during the campaign meeting constituents, assessing concerns, and discussing issues. Once elected, he has continued to obtain the pulse of the district through events like “Tuesday’s with Dr. Terry”, “Tea Time with Dr. Terry”, visiting volunteer fire department fundraising meals, as well as other frequent speaking engagements. During session, Terry made weekly video updates for the district. He has continued with news updates and blogs for the district.
“People perceive a disconnect between themselves and government. I am striving to be part of the solution and break down the barriers so that ‘We the People’ know that our voice is heard,” said Terry.
While the local connection upholds part of self governance, Representative Terry undertook the task of delivering the voice of the district to Governor Haslam. Terry said that the meeting was very informal, but informative for both he, and the Governor. Topics ranged from the recent Supreme Court rulings, concerns from the district about a gas tax, the new Tennessee logo, the “Pastor Protection Act”, breakdown in communication between government and citizens, and the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust situation, among other topics.
“It was a very productive exchange of ideas and information. It was important for the Governor to hear from our district, and it is equally important for the district to know that their message is getting delivered,” said Terry.