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A decade has passed since Republican Judd Matheny claimed Tennessee’s 47th Representative District, and Tuesday he has apparently added another two years to the track record with what appeared to be a commanding victory over Democratic challenger Scott Price.
Matheny held an 11,736 to 6,347 unofficial vote lead over Price in Coffee County and had a 2,937 to 1,320-vote margin in Warren County with 14 of 21 precincts reporting there.
The 47th Representative District includes all of Coffee County and part of Warren County.
When it became apparent Matheny was well on his way to victory, he summed up his thoughts.
“I’m fired up about the support for me to do the job again,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of vigor for it, and I’m glad to be around for another two years.”
Matheny paid tribute to Price for running a fair campaign and said he will be representing all the residents in his district regardless of who they supported.
With the election out of the way, and the holidays coming up, signifying moving onto another legislative chapter in January, Matheny said his immediate tasks at hand will be to continue on with the state’s business.
He said in an interview before the federal races were decided that the outcome would determine the state’s direction on healthcare.
Matheny said if the Republicans win, it will be a chance for Tennessee to recapture some of the “states rights” the party deems it lost when the Democratic party had held the upper hand.
Other issues include dealing with school vouchers, worker’s compensation reform and reducing the unemployment rate to 4.5 to 5 percent.
Another priority Matheny said will be to locate an industrial megasite in the area, and the process will involve a unified governmental effort with the local, state and federal branches working together to accomplish the goal.
Matheny is a 1988 Tullahoma High School graduate and attended Motlow College and Tennessee Tech University. He is a year 2000 graduate of Regents College, Albany, New York, B.A.
He recently summed up his approach to the office.
“I have been privileged and honored to represent Coffee and western Warren County,” he said, referring to his seat in the Tennessee General Assembly.
“I have always treated everyone fairly and made my decisions regardless of one’s party affiliation. Everyone interested in negotiating in a reasonable manner has had and will always have a seat at my table to voice opinions, concerns and criticisms.
“My legislative emphasis continues to be on providing the best possible education to our citizens and job opportunities for all in the safest possible environment.”