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High-paying jobs key to economic vitality, Winton says
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Democrat Mike Winton is running for the 47th District Tennessee House of Representatives seat. He advances to the state General Election in November without opposition.

He grew up on a farm in Pelham raised by a single mom on shirt factory pay.

Now Mike Winton is running for state government as a Democrat for the 47th District Tennessee House of Representatives. Winton does not have Democratic opposition and automatically advances to the state General Election in November.

Winton says we frequently hear about schools, infrastructure and jobs – and those are vital topics. But he says we can’t underestimate the economic power of high-paying jobs and let those slip from our grasp.

“The big projects are what we need somebody in Nashville paying attention to so we don’t lose a Toyota motor plant to Huntsville, Ala., when Coffee County and Warren County could have been well suited to work together and had that structure here 15 minutes from the interstate either way you go,” said Winton. “We have plenty of trained people to fill those facilities. I get so sad every time I drive by in Morrison. Carrier was such a great institution for Warren and Grundy and Coffee counties. My family worked there. Friends and neighbors worked there. They had homes they would have never had if they had been forced to work in the shirt factory my mom did.”

Winton said our district can’t survive by recruiting $8 and $9 an hour jobs. He says that doesn’t leave any cushion in monthly budgets if an emergency strikes.

“The national average right now tells us the average home could not withstand a $400 emergency situation in its budget,” said Winton. “We talk about unemployment being good and we’re at 4 percent and that’s great. But if we can’t subsidize a $400 incident, then how well off are we?”
Winton said it’s sad our teachers are spending money out of their own pocket to decorate their schools and their classrooms. He says Tennessee needs to fund education properly.

“Do away with that big, million-dollar money we’re going to spend for testing when it doesn’t work,” said Winton. “Do away with it and put that money back in education to educate our children.”

Winton said if elected, he won’t focus on partisan politics, but on getting results that help this area.

“I don’t believe in red and blue,” said Winton. “I believe in red, white and blue.”