Kerry Roberts is one of us. He's a husband, father, part-time farmer, and small business owner. Like many folks, he has experienced good times and bad, including losing his business in the aftermath of the Nashville flood of 2010 and almost losing his home and small farm to foreclosure.
And because of those experiences, Kerry, his wife, and his kids know. They know what it's like to face an uncertain future. To look at a nearly-bare cupboard and wonder how to pay for groceries. To wake up on Christmas Day with no presents. To drive a car with over 300,000 miles and hoping today isn't the day it breaks down. Or the humiliation when it does.
In short, he knows what many of us go through each and every day. And that's what sets him apart from many elected officials. He listens, he cares, he helps. He's one of us.
If you are here because you read that Senator Roberts is against higher education, we're sorry you were misled. His obviously-not-literal comments were reported out of context and without any comment or clarification from him (the reporter filed the story after being told Senator Roberts was home recovering from surgery). Senator Roberts' late father was a well-loved educator and college president with an earned PhD. Senator Roberts was a university adjunct for several years and, while not in legislative session, teaches continuing professional education to CPAs. He has kids in college and his campaign has funded thousands of dollars of scholarships for college-bound high school students. His voting record demonstrates consistent support of higher education including the vote to make Tennessee one of the first states in the nation to provide two years of free college or technical education to high school graduates.