State Representative Mark Pody made several stops in Smithville today (Friday), a week after announcing his plans to run for the State Senate next year.
Pody, who is in his fourth term as Representative of the 46th district, is hoping to succeed State Senator Mae Beavers of the 17th district who will be running for Governor next year. He will be seeking the Republican nomination for the office in August 2018. The General Election will be in November, 2018.
Representative Pody, a businessman and insurance agency owner, told WJLE during an interview Friday that he will focus on two priorities if elected to the State Senate. The first is conservative fiscal policies. “We need to limit the size and scope of government. Not every good idea should be a government idea,” said Pody. “Many good ideas are best done by individuals, church and non-profits, not by state government.” Pody believes government has a limited role and taxpayer money needs to be spent effectively on only programs that fit that role of government. The second priority for Pody is bringing high paying quality jobs to the district. He feels the best way to gain these high paying jobs is to create an environment in the state where businesses want to relocate and expand. This is done by having a highly educated work force, commonsense regulations, and favorable tax policies for incoming businesses.
Pody’s 46th district is made up of a portion of Wilson and DeKalb Counties and all of Cannon County. The 17th State Senate District includes Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith, and Wilson Counties.