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It is my privilege to represent the people of West Knoxville, Tennessee’s 18th District. I’m no politician, but I know how to get things done the right way, and that’s what I’ve been doing in Nashville for the past two years.

My name is Martin Bryan Daniel. I was born December 17, 1956.

I am married to Melissa Ford Daniel. We live in Knoxville and have two children, Sophie (10) and Matthew (8).Daniel-Family

I attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the University of Memphis law school.

I’m an attorney by trade, but, while still licensed in Tennessee, I don’t practice for third parties.

In the eighties, I actively practiced law. Since then, I’ve started four businesses from scratch and have sold three of them on favorable terms.

Currently, I’m majority owner of Elevation Outdoor Advertising, LLC. I founded it in 2002 here in Knoxville. I’ve had a residence in Knoxville since 2002. Melissa and I moved here with our children full time in 2008.

MartinAndJewelerI know business! I own a small business and I listen to and work with business owners on a daily basis. We talk about our businesses, and what is good and bad for us – what works and what doesn’t. As an owner of a business in a regulated industry, I understand that while moderate regulation is often needed for order and safety, excessive regulation can inhibit business and discourage it from locating in East Tennessee.

As your state representative, I am working to foster a free market business environment, to improve efficiency in government, and to reduce taxes, regulation, and bureaucracy.

I believe that a man or woman’s happiness is derived from freedom. I’m always working to prevent and to free us of any unnecessary government intrusions into our privacy, and I’ll ensure that we are free to exercise our many sacred rights sets forth in the United States and Tennessee Constitutions, including the right to free speech, the right to bear arms, the right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures, and the right to be compensated for the taking of private property.

I oppose the common practice of “civil forfeiture” and I’m always looking to hold government and its agencies accountable to the citizens of Tennessee.

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