Our community has been fortunate to have progressive leaders pushing to build a better economy for our community. Melody is proud to have worked alongside many of those leaders while she worked at the Chattanooga Mayor’s office. Unfortunately, our do-nothing congress and our go-along-to-get-along congressman has done very little to bring any economic development to East Tennessee.

Melody will make the economy her top priority. She understands the struggle of working class families, and realizes that the current situation is unacceptable. Together, we have to do better.

First, we can start by raising the minimum wage for each and every family in District Three. For decades, CEO salaries have exploded while the minimum wage has stayed stagnant. We can make working families’ lives better by giving them the raise they have long deserved.

Melody believes that developing our workforce is crucial. We should strive to expand vocational and occupational training.The job market places a premium on skilled labor so we must ensure that each member of our workforce has opportunities to learn and train, not just for performing the jobs of today, but also for tackling the challenges of tomorrow. If we focus on individuals, we can build an economy that works for all of us and not just some of us.

Our economy should benefit all citizens in East Tennessee, and Melody will make that her first priority.