Monday, October 29, 2012
Vote for Martin Pleasant for the U.S. Senate
Martin Pleasant is a 43-year-old environmental engineer from Knox County and the Tennessee Green Party's candidate for U.S. Senate. He lives in South Knoxville and works with the Knox County Engineering & Public Works department, where he works to solves drainage problems and restores unhealthy creeks. His service includes crafting new ordinances that promote ecological practices in community development.
He is a devoted husband and father and an active member of his community. Along with his wife Virginia and their children, he operates a small organic farm and community garden space near Vestal, Tennessee. Martin has also devoted himself to the welfare of Tennessee and its citizens by doing volunteer work with Americorps, Community Creek Clean-ups, River Rescue, coaching youth sports, and serving as President of Vine Middle School Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO).
Martin holds two degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville – Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Science in Environmental Engineering. Martin’s education and experience have given him the ability to work with a diverse group of people to solve problems. He feels that this is a valuable skill to bring to public service in the U.S. Senate.
Mr. Pleasant has stated that "Climate change is for real" and that he will work diligently to make sure environmental regulations address climate change.
He has said that he "wants to establish a new regulatory banking act, develop a comprehensive set of incentives for businesses and homeowners to incorporate energy efficiency, and overhaul our energy system through a New Green Deal."
He certainly speaks more knowledgeably about climate change than the incumbent, Senator Bob Corker.
The so-called Democrat in the race, Mark Clayton, is associated with a known conservative hate group in Washington, D.C.. The Tennessee Democratic Party in a statement shortly after the primary said that the only time the insurance agent had voted in a Democratic primary "was when he was voting for himself," declaring that Clayton won only because he was listed first on the ballot. The Tennessee Democratic Party has disavowed Clayton's candidacy and has urged Democrats to write-in a candidate of their choice in November.