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West Tennessee Teacher Visits Pulaski in Congressional Bid

Civil Miller-Watkins vowed to listen to constituents on a recent visit to Pulaski,

Miller-Watkins, a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for governor,was invited by Giles County Democrats to speak here.

She is running for the right to oppose incumbent U. S. Senator Marsha Blackburn, the likely Republican Party nominee in the Nov. 5 election.

A public school teacher from West Tennessee, Miller Watkins has organized her campaign around “kitchen table”  issues - your economy, health care, education, democracy and empowering young votes.”

She also encouraged local Democrats, who are trying to organize a party chapter at the University of Tennessee Southern.

One problem with some of those in state government is that they don’t listen to their constituents, she said

“I’m going to listen,” Miller-Watkins said.

“Do we have someone in Washington speaking for us?” she asked, referring to Blackburn.

A key to Democratic success in the November elections in getting out the vote for President Joe Biden, the likely Democratic Party candidate for re-election and whoever is the Democratic nominee for the senate is the youth vote, Miller-Watkins said.

“Democrats need to get out the age 18-35 age group. We have to give them hope,” she said.

“We don’t know what will happen,” she said, if Democrats can mobilize enough people to vote.

Women also are a source of support for Democrats, and Miller-Watkins was especially critical of Republican Cameron Sexton, speaker of the State House of Representatives.

After Democrat representatives Justin Jones and Justin Pearson were removed from the state house and Gloria Johnson, a third state representative,  missed getting expelled by one vote,  Sexton has limited public seating in the house galleries.

Pearson and Jones were retuned to the U.S. House of Representatives  after winning special elections in their districts.

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