Hill prepares for re-election fight
Published in the Herald & Tribune June 25, 2014 issue
Matthew Hill, Jonesborough’s Republican State Representative, recently launched his campaign for re-election.
“I really, really enjoy my job, and I enjoy helping people. I enjoy the ability to represent my community and my home in Nashville and stand up and fight for our values every single day,” he said of why he is seeking re-election.
Hill will face local businessman Phil Carriger in the State Primary on Thursday, Aug. 7.
Hill, who grew up in Sullivan County, moved to Washington County 11 years ago. He lives in Jonesborough with his wife, whom he has been married to for 12 years, as well as his two children.
Hill sees his family as a blessing.
“Families are our foundation, and my faith is very important to me,” he said. “My faith is first and my family is second. It has always been that way.
“My faith motivates me to love and take care of the family the best I can. I love my family, my wife and my kids. They are everything to me, they really are.”
The importance of family is the platform of his campaign.
“When they vote for me, they know they have someone that is fighting for them and fighting for their family every single day,” Hill said.
Instead of seeking a new strategy for being re-elected, he said he is doing the same thing he has done in the past — knocking on a couple thousand doors.
“I love knocking on doors because I can meet people face-to-face, one-on-one, and listen to their concerns,” Hill said. “It’s a very time-consuming task, but it’s worth it. I enjoy meeting with people and talking with people and telling them what I am working on and asking for their vote and support.”
If re-elected, his number one goal is to continue to have an open door policy. He explained that being accessible to all of his contingents no matter where they live or who they are is important.
Hill said he will continue to fight and defend family values in balanced budgets and lower taxes, which will create jobs in the State of Tennessee.
“The economy is picking up, and businesses are hiring,” he said. “The legislature can create an environment where jobs can be created.”
Last week, Hill held a job fair at Carver Recreation Center in Johnson City, which he rated as a huge success. He said more than 250 people attended the job fair and applied for jobs, and more than 24 employers were in attendance.
“This is the third job fair I have done,” Hill said, adding that he will continue to hold the job fairs if they receive participation from the community.
His motto is to “roll your sleeves up and get involved in the community and do as much as we can.”
A blowout Community Day, which will be held from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Telford Diner, is another example of his community involvement. He said the free event will feature a barbeque, music and cotton candy.
On Tuesday, June 24, Hill and State Rep. Micah Van Huss of Johnson City will also hold a joint telephone town hall beginning at 7 p.m. Listeners will have the opportunity to ask questions, as well as share concerns they may have. The live tele-town is free and open to the public. Those interested can pick up the phone when it rings, which will automatically connect them, or they can call 1-877-229-8493 and dial the access code 16194#.
Hill said citizens should vote for him because he stands up for Washington County and Washington County families.
“As their state representative, I am fighting for them, fighting for their values and second amendment rights and that is why I would be honored and humbled to have their votes and support,” he said.