Senate District 20 Candidate Campbell Calls Out State’s Coronavirus Response

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NASHVILLE, TN—Heidi Campbell has served her community of Oak Hill, Tenn. for two terms as mayor and hopes to serve the constituents of District 20 (and Tennesseans at large) with a bid for the seat currently held by Republican Steve Dickerson. She stated she’s running because the laissez-faire leadership of the Republican trifecta is putting the state on a path that doesn’t reflect the true values of Tennesseans. And when it comes to the COVID-19 outbreak, she said, that lack of leadership is putting their lives in danger. “It is so, so unfortunate and sad. Doctors are dealing with people dying on the floor. The messaging around this has been incredibly inconsistent,” she said, adding too many have been swayed by misinformation and polarization. She said she’s been on the phone weekly with Gov. Bill Lee and the White House for guidance and was told the town needed to decide what to do for itself. The big problem with that, Campbell said, is that small municipalities like Oak Hill don’t have the resources needed to handle the outbreak, not to mention that the virus doesn’t acknowledge city or county borders. She’s a member of the Mayor’s Caucus and said the...