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My name is Robyn Darling Deck and I want to tell you a few thing about myself.
I live in Crossville, Tennessee, on the Cumberland Plateau. I grew up in a Nebraska town which is almost the same size as Crossville and, although a few miles down the road, it has also been left behind by politicians who aren't interested in listening to us and the problems we experience as rural Americans.
All of the important events of my adult life have taken place here Cumberland County. This is my home.
- I moved here in 2008 after working for a few years out west and then spending some time traveling around the country.
- I met my husband, Chris Deck, here in 2009 and we were married in 2010. At the same time, I became a full-time stepmom to then 14 year-old Brouquelle, Chris's daughter whom he has raised as a single parent since she was eight months old.
- Our two children were born here: first, son Paul was born in 2011 followed by our daughter, Jaime, who was born in 2013. They each attend North Elementary School, where I am in my third year as chair of the Parent-Teacher Organization.
- I am a licensed massage therapist specializing in myofascial release; I own my own business here.
Life in Cumberland County, Van Buren County, and Monterey has many advantages. This is one of the most beautiful places in America. Warm, friendly people who are trying to do their best for themselves and their families live and work here. We pitch in and help each other when there's an ice storm, sickness, tornado, or other disasters.
Yet, trying to get ahead is increasingly difficult. We worry about whether our children are receiving the education they deserve and now, with COVID19, whether they will be safe. Many of us have jobs making $8.25 an hour; barely enough to get by much less afford health insurance. Entrepreneurs who want to start businesses are stymied by the lack of available grants and or incentives.
That's why I'm running to represent you. Here's what I stand for.
- An increase in teachers' pay;
- Funds to provide our children with the education they deserve;
- An economic revival for our rural communities through small and micro business incentives which are comparable to those the State provides to multi-million dollar corporations and industries;
- Accepting Federal healthcare funding to keep our hospitals open and give self-employed workers access to health care, as well as to those workers whose employers' don't provide health insurance;
- A solution to make broadband service available throughout rural Tennessee;
- Livable wages and equal pay for women who do the same jobs as their male counterparts; and
- Protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink.
I appreciate your support and promise to work hard for District 25's families and working people.