Releases and Statements

Nashville Council Member,

Your leadership in this time of crisis has been inspiring. You and your fellow council members have risen to the occasion and have already done so much for the people of Nashville, Tennessee. Thank you. We know the health and wellness of your constituents is your top priority, and the health of our local businesses are intrinsically tied to that goal.

Today we want to share our thoughts about the state of the hospitality industry in Music City, derived from a series of interviews with business owners and restaurant workers across Davidson County. We are hearing and relaying their concerns about revitalizing the hospitality industry and ensuring the safety of their workers and customers.

Concerns and ideas:

  • "My hours have been cut. It's difficult for everyone to pay their bills at the moment. Please consider using The CARES Act money to directly assist bill payment (i.e. Rent, Utilities)."
  • "Exorbitant fees charged by delivery services (i.e. Postmates, Grubhub) are cutting into our already diminished margins and cashflow. Please consider a short-term cap on these fees."
  • "Property tax increases should be suspended temporarily. We aren't operating at our standard capacity, and it's taking what we have to keep the lights on and pay our staff."
  • "We have a sidewalk outside of our business where we can more safely seat people, can the council temporarily suspend permits to set up service and tables outside?"
  • "Local farms are hurting. Could you make it easier to create pop-up farmers’ markets at our parks to help farmers get access to buyers?"

We hope that you consider some of these ideas and remain proactive in your quest to make it easier for restaurants to operate, and keep their workers and patrons safe. We are a city built on tourism. Hospitality workers are the lifeblood of our community.

Thank you for your consideration.

From my quarantine to yours,

Joshua Rawlings

Candidate for U.S. House TN-5

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Candidate for U.S. Congress TN-5 Joshua Rawlings Partners with Make Nashville to Distribute Free Masks to Public.  

Rawlings who is on the 2020 Democratic Primary ballot, has collaborated with Make Nashville to hand out free cloth masks across Middle Tennessee.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (NEWSWIRE) 13, MAY, 2020 – In response to the $8.5 million blunder made by the Governor’s office, Joshua Rawlings has teamed with Make Nashville, a local makers space in East Nashville, to create and distribute cloth masks to those in need. Rawlings’ campaign is handing them out at free “pop-up” shops throughout the area and will continue to do so until the need is met. The masks are non-porous, washable, and offer a safer and more comfortable alternative to the masks being provided by the state.

“Our community has a great history of stepping up during a crisis. In the past decade, we've dealt with floods and tornadoes with our steadfast volunteer spirit. The Coronavirus pandemic is another test of our values, and we believe that the state-issued masks are no good, Make Nashville and I felt a civic duty to do our part to help find a solution.”  

Make Nashville has been producing cloth masks since the onset of the pandemic and has the capacity to produce many more. Rawlings’ Campaign will be set up throughout the district and safely distributing masks to anyone who needs one, with more information about the schedule on Rawlings campaign Facebook

As is the policy of the Rawlings Campaign, the candidate remains available to field media inquiries for interviews and press kits; and, may be contacted directly via email: Joshua@Rawlings2020.com

ABOUT JOSHUA RAWLINGS FOR CONGRESS

Joshua Rawlings is challenging 30-year incumbent Jim Cooper (TN-5) in the Democratic Primary. Deeply embedded in the community fabric of the counties of Davidson, Dickson, and Cheatham, the small business owner, and musician embodies the district’s “everyman”, every day—because he lives it. Running on a platform that emphasizes the most important issues facing the American people, Rawlings’ campaign agenda addresses five key policies: The Need for Systemic Congressional Change—eliminating “Big Money” and corporate influence on policy directives while adding “Term Limits” to congressional seats; Healthcare for All by way of a free public option; world-class Public Education; Climate Change initiatives through Environmental Leadership; and smart, rehabilitative Prison Reform. 


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Gov. Bill Lee,

The pandemic is verifiably impacting voter turnout. We ask that you work with the Legislature and the Secretary of State to secure voting rights to your constituents during the pandemic.

Options like "vote by mail" are viable because it's a proven and trusted method for voting and will help to reduce coronavirus transmission at the polls. We already have dreadfully low registration and participation rankings. We mustn't allow this to get any worse.

Our community has a great history of stepping up during crisis. Over the last decade, we've dealt with floods and tornadoes with our steadfast volunteer spirit. The Coronavirus pandemic is another test of our values, and we believe that you will rise to the occasion by expanding Vote by Mail to all people who request ballots.

History will favor your strength.

From my quarantine to yours,
Joshua Rawlings

Our campaign is gearing up to face an incumbent who has raised $236,250 in corporate PAC money this election cycle. When we started this journey I promised never to accept financing from “Big Business“ or corporate PACs, and I never will. This is a grassroots effort. Our campaign is fueled by individuals that believe in our message and have a hunger for equal opportunity in America. With your encouragement and support, we have been able to reach thousands with our vision of liberty and justice FOR ALL. But, the reality is that we face a behemoth, and the battle has just begun.

Our current representative, Jim Cooper, is rated as one of the least effective legislators in Congress. This is not a political jab at an opponent or biased opinion. This is a fact.

Source: https://thelawmakers.org/find-representatives#/

Our district is made up of hard-working individuals, creatives, and mom and pop businesses. We cant expect the needs of our community to be a priority to a man who has taken millions from big corporations during his tenure. For almost three decades, Jim has shown us, to whom he is faithful. The only way to rid Nashville from the hold of dirty money is to cut our ties and vote him out.

We have a chance to right the ship. We need your support to help fight the corporate machine. We can no longer sit idly by and allow our representation to be bought and sold. We will not let our voices be silenced.

Our Mayor, John Cooper, and his brother (my opponent Jim) should be collaborating on a daily basis. Instead one is speechless and the other is trying to raise taxes during a recession. As John once said, “it’s time for rotation in citizen government.” I could not agree more.

Introducing a 32% property tax hike in the middle of an economic downturn shows that the Cooper brothers are out of touch with their constituents. Nashville is happy to give millions in corporate subsidies, but when it comes to supporting the people of our community, he could care less.

The brothers share a large portion of the same district, why are there no joint press conferences communicating to the people of Nashville how the federal and local governments are working together? Why are we giving multinational companies a break but not hardworking people?

On to my opponent...

Jim Cooper’s views have been influenced by personal gain since the beginning of his political career. Big Healthcare, Defense and Surveillance Contractors, Large Financial Institutions and Big Business have funded Jim’s campaigns for decades. With his brother now the mayor, we are seeing the same effect at the local level. The people of Nashville are now taking the brunt of pro-corporate policies in the form of this proposed tax increase. Instead of working together to fix the federal channels that Nashville needs to succeed, the responsibility is now in the hands of the working class.

In a time when Governor Bill Lee is pushing to re-open the state, our campaign thought it would be interesting to request a tour of the Governor’s Mansion.

Low and behold, our request was denied. They "will not be giving tours till May 26th."

This administration is very quick to point out that they are constantly monitoring trends and data, and using this to make an informed decision as to re-opening the economy. This same “data-driven” team made a revision to Executive Order 30 to allow close-contact businesses to start operating again, as of April 30th. I find it somewhat glaring that the Governor’s “data” is just fine with everyone else being in close contact, yet, is unwilling to have his constituents visit his mansion and be in any kind of close contact with him until 25 days have passed on his initial re-opening . Does the “data” indicate that Governor’s Mansions are more vulnerable that common folk dwellings? Only time will tell.


Candidate for U.S. Congress TN-5 Joshua Rawlings Launches Website to Help with SBA Disaster Relief Applications

Rawlings is on the 2020 Democratic Primary ballot, Rawlings’ Campaign Creates System to Help Small Businesses and Unemployed Workforce Devastated by COVID-19 Pandemic.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (NEWSWIRE) 14, APRIL, 2020 – During the same week that the Division of Elections of the Tennessee Secretary of State confirmed Joshua Rawlings’ addition to the ballot for the Democratic Primary, the candidate shifted his campaign’s resources to launch a “Crisis Hub” featuring videos and other informative content to best help Small Business Owners and the Unemployed Workforce navigate the complex process of applying for SBA Disaster Relief Loans, the Paycheck Protection Program, TN Unemployment Insurance, and other financial assistance.

A candidate for U.S. Congress (TN-5), Joshua Rawlings stated, “Americans are overwhelmed by application processes that are incoherent and confusing, while many of us do not know where or even how to get critically needed help. So, I’ve been working with my campaign staff and subject matter experts to produce concise and simple online guides to help assist our community.”

Rawlings’ campaign website, Rawlings2020.com, has been revamped to serve as a “Crisis Hub” featuring explanatory videos, a portal to relevant links for applications, and other resources while offering direct, “1-on-1” assistance to those in need via online scheduling. The site also features interviews of various subject matter experts regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on Middle Tennessee and the world.

As is the policy of the Rawlings Campaign, the candidate remains available to field media inquiries for interviews and press kits; and, may be contacted directly via email: Joshua@Rawlings2020.com

ABOUT JOSHUA RAWLINGS

Joshua Rawlings is a small business owner and musician who resides in East Nashville, TN. Rawlings has worked with guitar guru, Joe Glaser, for 6 years consulting musical instrument companies. Rawlings believes that no political party has a monopoly on good ideas, therefore, he has worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to fight for laws that help ALL Tennesseans. 

ABOUT JOSHUA RAWLINGS FOR CONGRESS

Joshua Rawlings is challenging 30-year incumbent Jim Cooper (TN-5) in the Democratic Primary. Deeply embedded in the community fabric of the counties of Davidson, Dickson, and Cheatham, the small business owner, and musician embodies the district’s “everyman”, every day—because he lives it. Running on a platform that emphasizes the most important issues facing the American people, Rawlings’ campaign agenda addresses five key policies: The Need for Systemic Congressional Change—eliminating “Big Money” and corporate influence on policy directives while adding “Term Limits” to congressional seats; Healthcare for All by way of a free public option; world-class Public Education; Climate Change initiatives through Environmental Leadership; and smart, rehabilitative Prison Reform. 

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