NASHVILLE -- The National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee's leading small-business association, has endorsed Mark Pody for the open seat in Senate District 17. The endorsement was made today at NFIB member Grant Cedar Mill in Gordonsville by the NFIB Tennessee PAC, which is comprised exclusively of NFIB members.
"Mark Pody is the clear choice for small business in the special election in Senate District 17," said Jim Brown, state director of NFIB/Tennessee. "He has earned NFIB's endorsement with his fiscally responsible approach to managing state government and support of key legislation that is helping small businesses grow, create jobs and keep government out of their way."
Brown said supporting factors of the endorsement include Pody's perfect NFIB Voting Record from 2015-2016 as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing House District 47, and his staunch support of small business as a member of the House Consumer & Human Resources Committee.
"I'm honored to be endorsed by the leading small business advocacy group in our state and nation," said Pody, a longtime NFIB member from Lebanon. "NFIB is a consistently strong voice for small businesses in Tennessee and across the country. I'm looking forward to helping small business further as a member of the state Senate by eliminating unnecessary regulation and ensuring out tax structure is favorable for further growth."
Early voting is underway and will conclude Thursday, Dec. 14. Election Day is Tuesday, Dec. 19. Senate District 17 includes Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith and Wilson counties. For more information, visit https://sos.tn.gov/elections.
The NFIB Tennessee PAC's endorsement is critical to the Pody campaign. Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB has pledged it will activate its grassroots network on behalf of the campaign. NFIB's political support is based on the candidates' positions and records on small business issues.