Voter participation rates in America continue to be low, and one
segment of the population that does not flex what could be considerable
political clout is college students. UTC senior mechanical engineering
major Jonathan McGlumphy has decided to do more than just vote in
upcoming elections; he has qualified with the Hamilton County Election
Commission as a Libertarian Party candidate for State House District
McGlumphy says he decided to run because he is dissatisfied with
what he considers the current legislature's inability and unwillingness
to deal with the state's financial affairs. His platform includes
better funding for education, an overhaul of TennCare, and changes
in some drug prosecution laws.
To date, McGlumphy's campaign has received several donations from
family and individual members of the Hamilton County and Tennessee
"I may take out a loan also to get things off to a kick-start,
although I think once the campaign season gets rolling along in
August, I will receive more donations," McGlumphy said. He
does not have primary competition.
Dr. Joe Dumas, UC Foundation Associate Professor of Engineering
and Computer Science notes that McGlumphy got his campaign off to
a quick start by being a featured guest on WGOW Talk Radio 102.3.
"I congratulate Jonathan for qualifying and thank him for
his willingness to be part of the solution to the various problems
facing our state," Dumas said.