January 29, 2023

County welcomes new state representative

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MEET AND GREET – Vickie and Jay D. Reedy at the Sept. 24 “Meet and Greet” for Benton County’s new state representative for TN House District 74. The informal event drew more than 50 people, including Benton County Mayor Mark Ward, Benton County Administrator of Elections Jeff Beasley and Benton County Republican Party Chairman Matthew Jones. Visitors enjoyed chili dogs and conversation in the Apex Bank Community Room in Camden, hosted by Friends of Jay Reedy and the Benton County Republican Party.

Benton County’s newest representative visited with constituents recently for an introductory meet and greet. Jay Reedy, Tennessee District 74 Representative, is the sole candidate for the House seat in the upcoming Nov. 8 election.
Reedy served Houston and Humphreys counties and a portion of Montgomery County in Tennessee District 74, prior to the redrawing of District lines in the state. After Census numbers were finalized from 2020 data, the state redrew some district lines to reflect current populations. As a result, Benton County moved out of House District 75 into District 74. District maps were approved by the Tennessee General Assembly and Gov. Bill Lee in February.
District 75 former state representative Bruce Griffey retired from state politics and successfully sought the 24th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge seat in August.
Tennessee House District 74 is now comprised of Benton, Humphreys, Houston and Stewart counties and a portion of Henry County. District 75 is now made up of only a portion of Montgomery County.
Reedy is a Republican from Erin. He was elected to the state House seat in 2014. His wife, Vickie, is a high school science teacher in Erin, as well as a member of the Houston County Commission. The couple has three children.
Reedy is a Veteran of the United States Army, where he served as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army Reserve. He was a former commissioner for the Houston County Election Board.
The graduate of Austin Peay State University earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and is a Master Beef Certified cattle farmer in Houston County.
Reedy is also a locksmith and owns and operates Houston County Lock & Key.

“Education has been and will continue to be an important part of me and my family’s lives. Our State must continue to move forward in education without being impeded by the federal government. We must stand together against federally-mandated programs that are detrimental to our way of life in Tennessee and stand tall in our support for proper interpretation of our Constitution as it was drawn up by our founding fathers who had a strong belief in God,” Reedy notes on his campaign website.

Reedy is an advocate of Second Amendment rights and partnerships between IT companies and APSU as well as other community colleges. He opposes a capital gains tax on corporations and a state income tax.
Contact Reedy at 615-741-7098 or by email to [email protected]

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