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Mayor Heidi Campbell
for Tennessee State Senate District 20
I grew up in Nashville and I’m raising my children here with my husband Andrew. Before going into public service, I earned an MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Business, and subsequently worked in music licensing and publishing, but when commercial development began encroaching into my community, I decided to put myself forward to serve my city.
For the last six years I’ve had the privilege to serve as Oak Hill’s Mayor where, because of my fiscal stewardship and consensus building approach to leadership, I’ve been able to earn the support of people from across the political spectrum.
I currently serve on the Mayor’s Caucus of Middle Tennessee, the Greater Nashville Regional Council, the South Corridor Task Force, and the Metro Solid Waste Board. Since announcing my run, I’ve been thrilled to earn the endorsements of many of Nashville's most distinguished elected leaders including State Senator Brenda Gilmore, State Representative Vincent Dixie, Councilmember Emily Benedict, as well as the Mayors of Belle Meade & Berry Hill. It’s also an honor to be endorsed by my Owen classmate, and first African American Mayor of Montgomery, AL, Steven Reed.
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Mayor, Oak Hill Tennessee
Greater Nashville Regional Council
South Corridor Task Force
Metro Solid Waste Board
Oak Hill Planning Commission
Professional & Educational Background
Marketing Director, Innova Music
Owner & President, AAM Music Licensing Company
Masters of Business of Administration (MBA)
Vanderbilt University, Owen School of Business
Founder and President of Children First Montessori Board
Board Member of Stepping Stone Theater for at-risk youth
Check out my Letter to the Editor of The Tennessean about the Fetal Heartbeat Bill:
1.6 Million people in Tennessee are disabled, and we are one of the worst states to live in if your life is affected by disability. Medicaid expansion, increased funding for the Family Support program, and expansion of the Katie Beckett Program are some of the ways that we can serve our disabled population. I look forward to advocating for our disabled community in the legislature.
Having attended Hume-Fogg High School, I am keenly aware of the inequality in our own city school system. Our district includes Bordeaux and Glendale, and the lack of homogeneity in our educational opportunities is starkly apparent.
Hierarchy of fund disbursement favors charter schools, and our public schools lose funding because of it. We need to pay our teachers more, and we need to look at expanding community school opportunities. I am opposed to ESAs (or vouchers) that siphon public education money to pay for private school education.
Fiscal Discipline has been the hallmark of my Mayorship in Oak Hill. I’ve returned $1.6M to my city’s reserves, eliminated my own salary, and balanced the budget all six years I’ve been in office.
The radical legislature is wasting tax paying dollars passing unconstitutional bills, like the fetal heart bill, that have to be defended in court at the tax-payers expense. I know how to balance a budget, and at the legislature, I will be a voice for smart fiscal decisions.
Climate change and the environment are the most important issues we face (whether we like it or not). If we don't have a habitable planet, everything else is irrelevant. We must do everything we can to reduce emissions, increase sustainability, and protect our natural environment.
As a Mayor I made sure that my city joined the Tennessee Environmental Council program to encourage planting more trees and to educate citizens about recycling. I also fought for three years to bring a multi-modal path to my city to encourage people to walk and bike and to get cars off the roads.
For years, the Legislature has had its fingers in its ears, pretending that Tennessee’s healthcare system is fine. It’s not. Without Medicaid expansion, hospitals are closing all over the state, workers that were deemed essential during the Coronavirus pandemic, that don’t have coverage through their employer face the prospect of going broke if they get sick. That’s not right.
I will push for bipartisan consensus to support Tennessee’s hospitals and common-sense healthcare solutions so all essential workers are covered. We need leadership at the Capitol.
As Mayor of Oak Hill, I will have a unique understanding of the infrastructure challenges that our neighborhoods face. Nashville provides 1/3rd of the revenue for the entire state, but instead of seeing a return on our investment to help fix traffic and transit problems, elected officials are putting our dollars into pork projects in their home counties.
I will be dedicated to preserving the integrity of Nashville’s neighborhoods, fixing our regional transit issues, and ensuring the state pays its fair share.
Times of Crisis
The COVID-19 Crisis made it more urgent than ever that we have strong leadership in Tennessee. When the national death toll surpassed 5,000 there were still no state-mandated school closures, no state-mandated limits on the operations of businesses like bars, restaurants, and gyms, and no state-mandated limits on large gatherings.
In times of crisis, Tennesseans deserve more from their leaders than non-binding recommendations. I'm running to make a push for these things.
I will be a staunch and unwavering ally for the entire LGBTQ+ community in the state legislature. Each session, we see a new “Slate of Hate” rolled out in the legislature that demonizes and stigmatizes LGBTQ+ Tennesseans, and this past session, trans youth were targeted with bills that would prevent them from playing sports in school and criminalize best-practice healthcare.
Our trans friends and family are victims of physical violence, verbal harassment, and employment discrimination at astronomically high rates, and we need allies in the state legislature - not adversaries.
Standing Up to a Radical Legislature
During Tennessee’s 111th General Assembly, the republican supermajority introduced another "slate of hate" in an attempt to stigmatize LGBQT Tennesseans, as well as bills that would that would jail librarians for not removing certain books from shelves, and over the objections of law enforcement, gun safety instructors, and district attorneys, remove the requirement to obtain a criminal background check before carrying a loaded firearm in public.
Enough with these frivolous, divisive bills. We’ve got work to do. That’s why I'm running for office.
I support fully legalizing marijuana. Marijuana crimes disproportionately impact people of color and it’s time to end marijuana prohibition.
An ACLU report found that in 2018 African Americans were arrested at more than three times the rate of white individuals in Tennessee for marijuana crimes, despite the fact that both races consume marijuana at about the same rate. Legalization would also be a boon to our tax coffers, something we are ill-equipped to refuse right now, as our state deals with the economic fallout from COVID.
Black Lives Matter. We need systemic change, and we need to make significant changes to our allocation of resources and stop handling social challenges (such as homelessness, addiction, and domestic conflicts) with our police force. Criminal justice reform, affordable housing, education, healthcare, and almost every other issue we deal with are hampered by inequities that are based on racial injustice.
I will be a strong and unwavering advocate for change and for empowering our black leaders to guide us through the process.