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Mancini Elected Tennessee Democratic Party Chair

Monday, February 6th, 2017

mary mNashville – Last Saturday, Mary Mancini was re-elected to lead the Tennessee Democratic Party for two more years. Party [leaders] Executive Committee members gave the progressive activist from Nashville a unified show of support in re-electing her new chair of the state party.

Her decisive win marks a departure from close and divisive Democratic chair races in recent years.

In picking Mancini, Democrats have stayed with the former executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action, a voting rights advocacy group that has criticized the state’s voter identification law. Mancini is a well-known voice in liberal circles, and at one time was a co-host of Liberadio, a political radio talk show in Nashville.

Mancini presented a two-year plan to executive members prior to Saturday’s election. The plan advocated Democrats recruit strong statewide candidates, effectively use voter data, raise more money, make strong gains in the state House and Senate and ensure that Democrats have a voice in the next round of redistricting in 2020. She said the party must include a strategy that includes all 95 of Tennessee’s counties.

“Republicans want us to think this is a completely red state, but it’s not,” she said. “There are Democrats all over the state. We’re going to find them and we’re going to work with them.”

She has now assumed leadership of a state party that has experienced damaging losses in recent years after controlling the state legislature and governor’s office less than a decade ago. In November, Republicans expanded supermajorities in both the 99-member Tennessee House — from 71 members to 73 — and the 33-member Tennessee Senate, where Republicans now hold a 28-5 majority.

Yarbro, addressing the executive committee Saturday as an ex-officio member, reminded those in attendance that the upcoming 109th General Assembly, which begins session this week, would feature fewer Democrats than at any point in Tennessee history.

TNDP Chair Host Listening Tour

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

TNDP Chair, Mary Mancini, has hit the ground running, as she crosses the state holding a listening tour. She is presenting her two year plan and a longer term TNDP plan to bring the state party back to power. Her plan aggressively take aim at the 2020 Census and future balance of power in Tennessee. Mary is being warmly received by large crowds, as the faithful base comes back to the TNDP. She is also being greeted with enthusiastic crowds and questions of concern related to the dismal state of Tennessee government under Republican control. Concern seems to be an underlying theme as concerned citizens raise questions on a host of issues they feel are being neglected by the TNGOP. Issues ranging from Republican dismantling and the erosion of public education, the lack of health care coverage for all Tennesseans and good jobs that pay a working wage for Tennessee families are but a few examples of issues on minds of citizens and voters.

A list of upcoming tours are as follows:

TNDP LISTENING TOUR STOPS

Monday, February 2, 6pm – Selmer , TN
Counties: Hardeman, Chester, Henderson, Decatur, Hardin, McNairy
Address: McNairy County Dem Party HQ, 136 West Court Ave

Tuesday, February 3, 6pm – Dickson, TN
Counties: Stewart, Benton, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Cheatham, Robertson, Hickman, Dickson
Address: Dickson First United Methodist Church, 215 N. Main Street

Wednesday, February 4, 6:30pm – Johnson City, TN

Counties: Hancock, Hawkins, Hamblen, Cocke, Greene, Sullivan, Johnson, Carter, Unicoi, Washington
Address: USW Local 7739, 2100 Wheeler St, Johnson City, TN 37604

Friday, February 6 , 6pm– Spring Hill, TN

Counties: Lewis, Lawrence, Giles, Maury, Williamson, Perry, Wayne
Address: UAW Local 1853, 125 Stephen P. Yokich Parkway – 6:00 PM

?? Sat 2/14 10am ?? Monday, February 9, 6pm – Murfreesboro, TN

Counties: Davidson, Marshall, Bedford, Wilson, Cannon, Coffee, Warren, Sumner, Rutherford
Location TBA – 6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 10, 6pm – Cookeville, TN

Counties: Macon, Smith, Jackson, Clay, Overton, Pickett, Fentress, Dekalb, White, Cumberland, Putnam, Trousdale, Van Buren
Address: Putnam County Democratic Party HQ, 111 N Cedar Ave Cookeville, TN 38501

Wednesday, February 11, 6pm – Oak Ridge, TN

Counties: Scott, Morgan, Roane, Loudon, Blount, Knox, Sevier, Jefferson, Grainger, Claiborne, Union, Campbell, Anderson
Address: Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike

Thursday, February 12, 6pm – Chattanooga, TN

Counties: Sequatchie, Bledsoe, Rhea, Miegs, McMinn, Bradley, Polk, Monroe, Hamilton
Address: TBD

Friday, February 13, 5:30pm – Dyersburg, TN

Counties: Lake, Dyer, Lauderdale, Obion, Weakley, Henry, Carroll, Gibson, Crockett, Madison
Address: Circuit Courtroom, Dyer County Courthouse

Monday, February 16, 6pm – Winchester, TN

Counties: Lincoln, Moore, Grundy, Marion, Franklin
Address: Franklin County Annex Bldg Community Room, 855 Dinah Shore Blvd

Tuesday, February 23- Memphis, TN

Counties: Tipton, Haywood, Fayette, Shelby
Address: Location TBA – 6:00 PM

Mancini New Tennessee Democratic Party Chair

Friday, January 16th, 2015

mary mNashville – Mary Mancini was elected to lead Tennessee Democrats after party leaders gave the progressive activist from Nashville a unified show of support in electing her new chair of the state party.

Mancini, collected 61 of 70 votes Saturday from the state party’s Executive Committee. She outlasted three strong candidates for chair.

Mancini immediately hit the ground running after saying. “Together, we must work to elect Democrats. We must rebuild and re-energize the base. We have to strengthen our county parties and we have to lay the groundwork for the next several election cycles”.

In selecting Mancini, Democrats have turned to a progressive voting rights advocate that has criticized the state’s voter identification law. Mancini is a strong leader in liberal circles, a past co-host of Liberadio, a political radio talk show in Nashville.

Mancini distributed a two-year plan to executive members weeks prior to Saturday’s vote as she visited EC members across the state. She reminded Democrats that they must recruit strong statewide candidates, raise more money, effectively use voter data, make strong gains in the state House and Senate and ensure that Democrats have a voice in the next round of redistricting in 2020. She said the party must also execute a strategy that reaches all 95 of Tennessee’s counties.

She reminded Executive Committee members that Republicans want us to think this is a completely red state, but it’s not. “There are Democrats all over the state”, Mancini noted.

Mancini has assumed leadership of a state party that has experienced losses in recent years after controlling the state legislature and governor’s office less than a decade ago. In November, Republicans expanded supermajorities in both the 99-member Tennessee House — from 71 members to 73 — and the 33-member Tennessee Senate, where Republicans now hold a 28-5 majority.

Jeff Yarbro, an ex-officio member, reminded the executive committee Saturday that the upcoming 109th General Assembly, which begins session this week, would feature fewer Democrats than at any point in Tennessee history.

“This is not basketball — this is something where you have to have 17 votes to get things done, and that means that we’re 12 short,” Yarbro said of the Senate. “We’ve got to get those (Democrats) elected.”

Democrats across the state are excited with Mary Mancini leading the party. An energy and excitement exist that has not been felt in years. After the failed experiment with conservative leadership, could it be that the Tennessee Democratic Party is experiencing a new resurgence?