government repeatedly slashes billions of dollars from its public schools. A
state government allows its transportation system to deteriorate while offering
up a convoluted “solution” that its voters firmly reject, only to find there’s
no Plan B. Meanwhile, this same state government uses public money to help
build new football and baseball stadiums that should be private concerns, to
place them in counties whose school systems are bankrupt, in areas where
traffic is already horrendous but state leaders insist are adequate to handle
any situation, only to watch in dismay as two inches of snow cripple one of the
nation’s greatest cities and turn it into the butt of countless jokes.
government, my fellow citizens, is our state government.
It doesn’t have
to be this way.
I want to
restore a sense of trust, balance, and responsibility between the citizens of
this state and a government that once worked well, but is now clearly failing
its most basic functions.
I will rebuild
the trust with our local county governments that our current state
representative, John Deffenbaugh, has clearly lost.
I will work
with responsible-minded officials of both parties to restore a balanced state government
where the Assembly doesn’t do whatever the governor wishes on the one hand,
while generating dozens of unnecessary, extremist bills on the other that have
nothing to do with the actual business of a state government.
I will help
restore responsible government, one that places the education of its young
first, that promotes smaller, local business growth instead of catering
exclusively to large corporations, and is more concerned with the needs of all
its people than it is in playing the politics of Washington at the expense of
losing hundreds of millions of dollars in funding our state desperately needs.
I am running to
give the voters of Walker and Dade Counties a different choice. I’m Tom
McMahan, a teacher, a veteran, a lifelong resident of this area, and I’m asking
to be your next state representative. Thank you.