Thursday, January 16, 2014
New state rep gets send-off to capitol
By SUE WATSON
A large group of supporters from far and wide in Marshall and Benton counties turned out January 3 to give John Faulkner, newly-elected state representative, a send-off to the Legislature.
The reception was held at The Smiling Phoenix in Holly Springs.
Holly Springs Mayor Kelvin Buck introduced his friend, who served as his former campaign manager in his run for the city’s top seat.
“Welcome, each of you here tonight,” Buck said, “for our send-off for the new state representative for District 5. Many of you helped to make it happen. It kind of started with the mayor’s election. Everybody had to put their stamp on it one way or another.”
Buck said the community faces a lot of things, but the bottom line is that everyone wants the quality of life to improve for residents.
“Everyone is working together for the same goal,” he said. “If you have something positive to contribute, (do so).”
The mayor said while he served as representative of District 5, the local delegation (Jack Gadd, Bill Stone, Tommy Woods and himself) “rolled up our sleeves and worked for Marshall County.”
“That’s the way it has to be,” he said. “That is why I am excited to send John Faulkner, who understands the same concerns, to Jackson. He is in for a surprise, I can tell you that.”
Faulkner thanked his friend for kind words, adding that Buck did such a good job, he had nothing much to add.
“We are honored to be here tonight. You guys know how to make an old man feel good,” Faulkner said.
He said the decisions to work together for the good of the entire community are evidence that the community wants the same thing – a better quality of life.
“We will try to do just what we need to do,” he continued. “Don’t leave me in Jackson by myself.
“We will put our heads together. We were successful due to all that you did.”
Amanda Whaley organized the event.
The new legislative session began January 7 at the state capitol.
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