Dr. Danielle Mitchell, a board-certified primary care and sports medicine physician, announced her candidacy for Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District.
Mitchell aims to unseat U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tennessee, in the 2018 midterm elections.
Mitchell plans to run a campaign based on the platform of electing government officials who are trained to take care of people, according to the news release. She said this platform prioritizes people over partisan politics.
"Responsible governing should be less about who’s your favorite football team—your political party—and more about electing people who are trained to serve you and your family," Mitchell said in a prepared statement.
Mitchell said she will work for sensible solutions that benefit the needs of all Tennesseans. These benefits include:
- Focusing on providing affordable health care
- Protecting Medicare and Social Security from cuts
- Improving the public education system by ensuring it is properly funded and affordable
- Identifying and getting rid of corrupt politicians who protect private interests
- Ensuring that contributions are used to support key vital public services
- Protecting a healthy environment so that health care costs don’t go up because the environment makes us sick
- Making sure residents have access to jobs that pay a fair, livable wage
Mitchell’s inspiration for running was initially sparked by the fight to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to the news release.
As a child growing up in the working-poor class, she and her family lost her younger brother to a disease that could have been successfully managed if her family had access to affordable health care, according to the news release. His untimely death occurred shortly after being denied access to medical care because of a lack of ability to pay for his medical bills.
She currently relies on the ACA for her own health care coverage, according to the news release.
Mitchell said she sees the proposed ACA repeal as one of many signs the government is out of touch with the needs of most families.
"I have spent my adult life listening to, problem-solving and caring for others," Mitchell said. "Elected officials should be there to take care of you and our community."
Mitchell said that being a health care professional, in addition to running all facets of a business that serves more than 1,300 people in Chattanooga, has trained her to solve difficult problems, make sense of a broken health care system, advocate for hardworking people, execute responsible business practices and keep a balanced budget, according to the news release.
"Practicing medicine in today’s world requires not only an extensive knowledge of illnesses and injuries but also knowing how to help people navigate the costs of obtaining medicine and health care services they often can’t afford," she said. "The complex and profit-centric labyrinth that is our health care system is much akin to what is wrong with our current government."
Mitchell said a strong sense of ethics and a focus on caring for people applies not only in medicine, but should be the foundation of our government.
"As your representative, I promise to hear all of your voices," she said. "I will work tirelessly to put the focus back on our citizens and advocate for Tennessee’s most precious resource: you and your family."
For more about Mitchell's campaign, click here.