Matt Reel points to his life in the military and past work in Congress as a reflection of the people who comprise the Volunteer State.
“I see hyper-partisanship and I see dysfunction in the system of the government that I believe very strongly in,” Reel said during an interview with the Home Page on July 9. “I see people making decisions based on what the politics of it are, and not necessarily what’s good for the country.”
Reel, a Democrat and Green Beret, is running for U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s District 7 seat in Congress against Justin Kanew, a relative newcomer to the state. Sen. Mark Green is the Republican candidate.
Though he announced his candidacy back in December, Reel has been away on a Green Beret mission in South America for the past six months, returning home to campaign just a week ago.
He grew up on a 250-acre farm in Primm Springs, where Hickman, Maury and Williamson counties intersect. With parents who were public educators and grandparents who served in the military, Reel was aware of local politics at an early age.