David Plazas Nashville Tennessean
Published 7:39 PM EDT Oct 15, 2018
Editor’s note: The Tennessean Editorial Board invited U.S. Senate, gubernatorial, and Middle Tennessee congressional and legislative candidates to fill out our survey. Find this candidate’s answers below. Replay statewide candidate interviews with the editorial board.
Vincent Dixie, Democrat, candidate for Tennessee House of Representatives, District 50
Town or city of residence: Nashville
BBA in Accounting (1997) and M.B.A. (2004) from Tennessee State University
Owner of A Way Out and Bail U Out Bail Bonding. We have five offices in Middle Tennessee and one in East Tennessee.
I’ve been married to Ericka Dixie since February 20th, 1999. We have two daughters Noelle (13) and HannahMaria (11) and one miniature Schnauzer, Whiskers (5).
What makes you qualified to hold this office and better qualified than your opponent(s)?
I’ve owned a small business for the past 10 years. I understand what it takes to get things done and not take no for answer. I am fully aware of what it means to have families depend on you for their well being and improving their way of life. I have grown up in District 54 and I’m raising my family in District 54. I am uniquely aware of the issues facing our community and armed with the solution to move our community forward.
If you are elected, what are your top 2 to 3 priorities for your new (or next) term in office?
My priorities are education, healthcare and criminal justice reform. I would like for the Pre-K and free breakfast and lunches provided to all schools. Children cannot learn when they are hungry. In addition, I would like to institute apprenticeship programs for high school students. When our students graduate from high school they should be college ready or workforce ready.
We have to expand Medicaid. My mother passed on February 1st of this year. Medicaid helped prolong her life by paying for additional treatments. Everyone has a right to access to quality healthcare. Lastly, I would like help non-violent felony offender have their citizen rights fully restored.
What are you hearing most from voters about what they want you to accomplish, if elected?
People want to feel safe, have great schools and good jobs to provide for themselves and their family.
Will you commit to being civil in how you present yourself and the way you interact with opponents and others?
Is there anything else you would like us to know about you, your values and priorities?
I would like to thank the voters of District 54 for electing me as the Democratic nominee. Family is the main reason I wanted to run for office. I want better for our community. I will always listen to constituents, be transparent, and open to new ideas. I will take a common sense approach solving the problems of our state the plague our district.
The questionnaires were organized and compiled by Opinion and Engagement Editor David Plazas, a member of The Tennessean Editorial Board, which also includes VP and Editor Michael A. Anastasi and Executive Editor Maria De Varenne. Email him at [email protected], call him at (615) 259-8063 or tweet to him at @davidplazas.
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