By BROOKE WANSER
Longtime District 63 Rep. Glen Casada wants to continue his work on Capitol Hill for another term.
Casada began his political career as a Williamson County commissioner in 1994, serving until his run for the state house in 2000.
“At that time, the income tax was being debated, and the legislature was leaning towards passing it,” he said. “Taxing of income is the worst public policy stance you can take,” he said.
As Republican House Majority Leader, Casada acts as the chief floor spokesperson for his party, and works with Gov. Bill Haslam to get his bills through the legislature.
For Williamson County, his political ideology is, “keeping taxes low, keeping regulations low and letting individuals keep their freedom so they can create wealth,” Casada said.
Recently, he has championed a bill that would ensure those convicted of childhood sexual offenses are banned from being within 1,000 feet of playgrounds.
While current laws ban convicted child molesters from a 1,000 foot radius surrounding schools and parks, Casada said a loophole excludes homeowner’s associations.
After a bill seeking to close a loophole that allowed child marriages was sent to summer session, Casada said he resurrected it, bringing it back to committee.
Kids under 16 should NOT be allowed to wed in TN; but should be room for commonsense decisions to be made for those 16+. I look forward to tackling this oversight that has led to kids under 16 marrying — a problem that many, including myself, had no idea was happening until today https://t.co/37NeD77CCM
— Glen Casada (@GlenCasada) March 9, 2018
The original bill sought to ensure no one under the age of 18 could marry; the newly proposed bill would allow marriage, with limitations, for teenagers at 17 but not younger.
If re-elected, Casada said he wants to continue working with the Tennessee Department of Transportation on improving state roads.
Another priority is to continue the deletion of the Hall income tax, which is the only form of personal income tax in the state on interest and dividend income from investments.
Casada said the tax disproportionately affects the elderly. After Gov. Haslam signed a gradual reduction of the tax into law in 2016, the rate is currently at four percent. “I want it at zero,” Casada said.
If future legislation does not reverse the current course, the Hall tax will be gone by 2022.
The early voting period will be held July 13 through July 28, and the state primary will be held on Thursday, Aug. 2. The voter registration deadline is Tuesday, July 3.
Family: Four grown children and six grandchildren
Education: Bachelor of Science from Western Kentucky University in Agriculture and Education
Occupation: Veterinary pharmaceutical sales for Merck & Co., Inc.
Community involvement: Member of Brentwood Baptist Church member, BrightStone Board of Directors, Williamson County Chamber of Commerce.
Address: 3144 Natoma Circle, Thompson’s Station
Visit his website here.