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TN State Senate Candidates Forum at September 2011 Meeting

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 | Meetings | No Comments

Speakers: Senate Candidate Debate between Victoria DeFreese, Becky Duncan Massey & Marilyn Roddy
Facilitator: Todd Howell from WBIR-TV 10
Topic: Get to know your candidates

This was a special opportunity to meet and get to know our candidates. They were presented with 10 pre-selected questions, and had a short amount of time to answer, with everyone having an opportunity to respond.

You can learn more about the candidates below. Here are a few pictures:

Victoria DeFreese

DeFreese—an involved South Knox County resident and seasoned educator—is a fiscal and social conservative.

“In these tough times we need to get government off the backs of small businesses, empower highly qualified educators in the trenches at public schools, reclaim state power from federal overreach, and defend the Tennessee constitution against a state income tax. It is time for capitalism to reign and opportunities to flourish in Tennessee,” said DeFreese. “I want to be a voice for the middle class in the state senate.”

DeFreese’s experience in education makes her the best replacement for Jamie Woodson, the departing incumbent and past leader in education reform. Besides her degree in education, DeFreese has a wide array of hands-on educational experience as an instructor for Talented And Gifted (TAG), consultant for a British publisher, a home school instructor, a satellite school instructor, Johnson University adjunct instructor and guest speaker, a tutor, a proctor for standardized testing, assistant director at Shades Development, an assessment team member for a Title I Tutoring program, Writing Boot Camp Instructor, and a 6th grade Reading and Language teacher.

In addition to her education acumen, DeFreese has served on the Knox County Library Advisory Board, on the Transfer of Development Rights Land-Use Concept task force, as a Republican precinct delegate, and as an interim Knox County Commissioner. DeFreese is a woman dedicated to her family, her community, and the values of the 6th District: stimulating small businesses, empowering the most accomplished classroom teachers, preserving the state constitution, and eliminating wasteful government expenditures of tax dollars.


Victoria DeFreese was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated from Speedway Public High School and went to Johnson University in Knoxville, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.

For nearly 18 years, DeFreese has made her home in South Knoxville with her husband, Donald. She is the proud mother of three daughters and one son: Savannah, Isabelle, Marietta, and James, who are all enrolled in the Knox County school system. The DeFreeses enjoy hiking, camping, and spending time together with friends and family.

Becky Duncan Massey

Becky Duncan Massey is a candidate for the Tennessee State Senate seat in District 6 of Knox County. She will run in the Republican Primary on September 27, 2011.

Massey’s primary goal is to reduce the over abundance of government regulations and to increase the efficiency of state government so that more money will end up in our communities across the state. Some of her priorities will include: recruit new jobs to Tennessee, strengthen our educational system and prevent tax increases for our citizens.

Massey is the Executive Director of the non-profit Sertoma Center which serves over 100 adults who have intellectual disabilities. For 13 years, she has managed a staff of 160 people and balanced an annual $6,000,000 operational budget. She began at Sertoma in 1993 as the Marketing and Development Director and was promoted to Executive Director in 1998.

A native Knoxvillian, Massey received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. She has been married to Morton Massey for 35 years and they have two daughters – Courtney, 32 and Kristen, 29. Together, Morton and Becky coached a girls softball team for 22 years at Rocky Hill Ballpark where a field was named in their honor in 2000. The family has been members of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church for 34 years.

Active in the community, Massey is the President-Elect of Tennessee Community Organizations and has served on the board of directors of the Akima Club, U.T. Alumni, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Overlook Center and Dogwood Arts Festival. She was in the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2005, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and on the Nine Counties One Vision Task Force. In 1992, she was Co-Chair of the Dogwood Arts Festival and a delegate to the Republican National Convention.

Massey understands the responsibilities of being a public servant. Her late father John J. Duncan, Sr. served as Mayor of Knoxville from 1959-1963 and as U.S. Representative from 1964-1988. Her brother John J. Duncan, Jr. followed in their Dad’s footsteps as U.S. Representative from 1988-present.

For more information visit the website at The campaign email address or call 865-544-5228.

Marilyn Roddy

Marilyn has served the last seven years as at an At-Large member of Knoxville’s City Council, working closely with the Haslam Administration to bring growth and fiscal discipline to the City.   Marilyn can often be found at community events and meetings across Knox County.  Marilyn believes that leadership begins with listening.

Marilyn Chairs the City of Knoxville Audit Committee, is a member of the City Investment Advisory Board and has served as co-chair of the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Committee.  As a member of Council, she has focused on services and finances, the backbone of local government.

Marilyn is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a former third grade teacher.  She has been involved in the Knox County community for over 20 years.  She is immediate Past President of the Metropolitan Drug Commission and was Vice Chairman of the Legacy Parks Foundation.  She is a graduate of Leadership Knoxville, has served as her daughters’ elementary school PTA president and has been a member of the Ijams Nature Center Board of Directors.  Marilyn is an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, where she has served as a Sunday school teacher and leader.

Marilyn and Patrick Roddy have been married for over 25 years and are the parents of three daughters, ages 15, 19, and 22. They enjoy supporting their daughters’ many activities.


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