To the Editor:
During the years 1974-1994, a woman, who was a Democrat, represented Oak RidgeÂ and the Tennessee Third Congressional District. Her name was Marilyn Lloyd.
She wrote several bills, including the Energy Research Development Administration BillÂ (1976 and 1977) and the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982. During her tenure, sheÂ was chair of the Subcommittee on Energy Research and Development and was on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. She was on the Public Works Committee and and the Armed Services Committee.
ORNL and associated contractors did well while she was in Congress.
I would like to suggest that Oak Ridgers who have not yet voted consider electing another woman, who is a Democrat:Â Melody Shekari, who has been endorsed by the Chattanooga Times-Free Press. The endorsement headlineÂ read â€œShekari can do what Fleischmann could not.â€ She is quoted as saying that â€œWe have to find a way to work together.Â My generation is good at working together.”
Her website can be consulted for her educational and work experience background. She supports investing in theÂ futureÂ of the District through infrastructure, education, and workforce development. She believes in making the economy workÂ for hard-working Tennesseans.
With Ms. Shekari running this year, we have a chance for effective representation by someone capable of seeing the bigÂ picture for the District, understanding the needs of both public and private entities.
Please vote for Melody Shekari.
Virginia M. Jones
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