“The Roe we know” Roe traces roots at announcement for run at fifth term

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 @ 7:29PM

Phil Roe returned to the Johnson City Municipal and Safety Building on Wednesday to announce his bid for a fifth term as Tennessee’s First Congressional District representative.

About 100 supporters gathered inside as the Republican officially kicked off his campaign for the Aug. 4 primary. A win would place him on the Nov. 8 general election ballot, and a victory would put him on course to complete a 10-year run.

“Well, eight years go by mighty fast,” the former Johnson City mayor said. It seems like yesterday we were out and meeting people all over Northeast Tennessee, meeting people on farms, at hospitals, at feed stores, at general stores.

“Listening. Listening to real people. Real people with real-life experiences outside of politics looking for the same kind of people to deliver their voices to Washington. And, in fact, we have been out meeting people at places like these, even yesterday.”

Roe’s campaign materials this year feature the slogan, “In Tune with East Tennessee.”

“I can’t think of a theme that could ring more true,” said former Kingsport Mayor Jeanette Blazier, who introduced the congressman at the event. “Some things never change. Phil Roe is still the same Roe we know. He is able to convey our values and delivers our voice to Washington, because he truly shares the same heartsong as us.”

Roe, who had a 35-year medical career, said being a good congressman is like being a good doctor, and that if you listen and put patients first and give them your best, they will, in turn, take care of you and re-election will take care of itself.

“Some of you here this morning have been with me on this journey from the very beginning,” he said. “Together with me and with each other, through thick and thin, through happiness and heartache. You all have kept in touch. You all have kept me in tune, and I cannot thank you enough.”

Roe highlighted issues he says will be the focus of this year’s campaign, including local control of schools, an ongoing opposition to Obamacare, which he wants to replace with a free-market system, as well as his “perfect score” on voting pro-life.

The congressman recently visited the Johnson City Press and talked in more detail about his primary concerns and what he hopes to accomplish for the roughly 750,000-person First District. He also was the guest speaker at a Rotary Club of Johnson City meeting at the Johnson City Country Club.

The Johnson City resident is serving his fourth term in Congress. He served as Johnson City mayor from 2007-09.

Roe serves on the House Education and Workforce Committee, where he chairs the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions. He also serves on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, and sits on the Oversight and Investigations and Health Subcommittee.

He faces Republican challenger Clint Tribble in the Aug. 4 primary. The winner will face Democrat Alan Bohms, who is unchallenged in the primary. Independent candidate Robert Franklin will be on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District includes Johnson, Carter, Sullivan, Washington, Unicoi, Greene, Hamblen, Hawkins, Hancock, Cocke and Sevier Counties.

Read the full article HERE at the Johnson City Press Website.

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