Small business owner Jason Rich has announced his campaign for State Representative in the newly drawn House District 71. A former Wayne County Mayor, Rich is running with his focus on bettering Tennessee’s rural communities.
“Whether you live in a growing suburb like Spring Hill, a small city such as Lawrenceburg, a rural community like Olive Hill, or my hometown of Collinwood, most of us are looking for the same things,” said Rich. “We want our government to live within its means. We know that reckless Washington-style spending creates inflation that hurts families and small businesses. We support our great local schools and want to give parents a strong voice in their child’s education. We back our brave law enforcement officers and believe violent criminals should be put behind bars for a long time. These are the issues facing Tennessee’s rural communities and they are the reasons I want to be your State Representative,” remarked Rich.
Rich gained professional experience working at the Wayne County Bank and then served as Collinwood City Manager. In 2006, Rich became the youngest person ever elected county mayor in Tennessee at age 30. Rich was elected three times as Wayne County Mayor. During his tenure, he oversaw construction of a new justice center, purchase and renovation of a new county health department, and installation of 25 miles of water line. He later served three years as Transportation Director for the South Central Tennessee Development District prior to opening his own independent insurance agency in Collinwood.
Rich has been married to the former Stacey Tyhuis for 18 years. Their three sons—Harrison, Bennett, and Ty Elliot—all attend Collinwood schools. Jason and Stacey are Sunday School teachers at McGlamery Church, where Jason has attended services for 29 years.
Rich is seeking the Republican nomination in the August 4 primary. HD 71 includes eastern Hardin County, northern Lawrence County, western Maury County, and all of Wayne County.
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