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Unicoi County Democratic Party to Host County Delegate Convention March 5th

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016


Contact: Mike K. Hampton

Phone Number: 423-743-7696


Unicoi County Democratic Party to Host County Delegate Convention March 5

Erwin, Tenn. (February 14, 2015) – The Unicoi County Democratic Party will host its Democratic Party County Delegate Convention on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Erwin Town Hall to select the delegates from each county to the District Convention. The doors open at 12 pm and the event is open to all registered voters in the county, supporters of the Democratic Party, and those who agree to support the nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2016 Presidential election. The doors will close at 1 pm and he Delegate Convention will begin. The party welcomes all who wish to participate in selecting Tennessee’s delegates to the Democratic Presidential Convention to attend.
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Information about becoming a DNC delegate and the rules governing the DNC
Delegate Selection Process may be obtained from, or from the Tennessee Democratic Party, 1900 Church St, Ste 203, Nashville, TN 37203, 615-327-9779.

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:


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

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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?


Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

The special committee formed to vet a field of candidates in search of the right leader for the Tennessee Democratic Party submitted three names Monday for the state executive committee to choose between, said ad hoc chairman Bill Freeman.

The committee recommended:

– Mary Mancini, a Nashville resident and former executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action.
– Terry Adams, a Knoxville attorney who lost in the Senate Democratic primary to Gordon Ball.
– Rep. Gloria Johnson, R- Knoxville, a Knoxville teacher who narrowly lost her re-election bid.

The three recommendations come as no surprise after TNDP Chair Roy Herron announced that he would not seek a second term.

Democrats suffered losses in the November election, on Herron’s watch, losing ground in both houses of the General Assembly on Nov. 4.

Bill Freeman organized a group of 28, at the behest of the state executive committee, to interview nine finalists Monday. The three finalists were chosen from an applicant pool of 20 Democrats.

The committee was looking for a strong Democrat with a strong fundraising background, good organizational skills and someone who knew the ropes of the Democratic Party across the state.

Although Freeman declined to say whether the committee ranked the three recommendations, others involved in the selection committee reported that Mary Mancini was the first choice of a majority of the committee.

The state executive committee will elect a new chairman. They are not bound by the recommendations of the ad hoc committee.

Serving on the special vetting committee were: Bill Freeman; Vetting Committee Chair, Chris Anderson, member of the TNDP State Executive Committee; Fabian Bedne, Metro Nashville Council Member (District 31); Mayor Andy Berke, Chattanooga; Gary Blackburn, member of the TNDP State Executive Committee; Will Cheek, member of the TNDP State Executive Committee and former TNDP chairman; U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (District 9); Karl Dean, Mayor Nashville; U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (District 5); State Sen. Lowe Finney (D-Jackson); State Rep. Darren Jernigan (D-Old Hickory); State Rep. Sherry Jones (D-Nashville); Bob Clement, U.S. Rep.; Wade Munday, TNDP Treasurer; Gale Jones Carson, member of the TNDP State Executive Committee; Geeta McMillan, member of the TNDP State Executive Committee; Mayor Kim McMillan, Clarksville; Gary Moore, president of the Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council; Matia Powell, president of Tennessee Young Democrats; Charles Rains, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; A.J. Starling, vice president of the Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council; Gerard Stranch, attorney and former TNDP general counsel; Bob Tuke, former TNDP chairman; Barbara Wagner, member of the TNDP State Executive Committee; Sylvia Woods, member of the TNDP State Executive Committee; Glenn Funk, attorney District Nashville; Marla Salas, Victory Fund Campaign Board; and Ellsa Parker, TNDP Vice-Chair.

The first round of a series of meetings, to hear from the candidates, were held today in Morristown and Sweetwater Tennessee. Executive Committee members, who will elect the new TNDP Chair, County Chairs and democratic activists attended the East Tennessee forum to hear from the candidates.

The next round of meetings will be held in Middle Tennessee on December 6 at 8:45 AM in Cookeville at 1:45 PM in Nashville Tennessee. The final round of meetings will be held on December 13 at 8:45 at Jackson and at 1:45 PM in Memphis Tennessee.

The election of new officers and chair will be held on January 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Anger and Betrayal: Power Grab

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

After criticism and outrage from the Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee members, over proposed changes to terminate the elected Executive Committee, Party officials met with the House Democratic Caucus for an update on the proposed legislature affecting the Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee.

Unlike the initial proposal, the current legislation will not reduce the size of the committee, but would in fact increase it. The legislation, which will be introduced as an amendment to HB898 on Wednesday, proposes the following:

• No change to the 66 members of the Executive Committee that are elected as one man and one woman from each state senate district;

• The House Democratic Leader shall appoint six members to the Executive Committee, two from each of Tennessee’s grand divisions, for a term of two years;

• The Senate Democratic Leader shall appoint six members to the Executive Committee, two from each of Tennessee’s grand divisions, for a term of two years;

• Each U.S. Congressman, if a Democrat, shall serve on the Executive Committee or appoint a member to the Executive Committee;

• Each U.S. Senator, if a Democrat, shall serve on the Executive Committee or appoint a member to the Executive Committee;

• Tennessee’s governor, if a Democrat, shall serve on the Executive Committee or appoint a member to the Executive Committee;

• The Executive Committee may create ex-officio voting positions, provided that the number of such positions shall not exceed nine members.

This attempted power grab by Sen. Finney and Rep. Powell has caused damage to the TNDP. It will take some time before Executive Committee members will be able to trust these two representatives. “I feel betrayed and blindsided by Sen. Finney and Rep. Powell”, the comments and sentiments of many Executive Committee members.

Democratic Legislators Propose Change to the TNDP

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Yesterday, members of the Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee members were notified of plans, by two elected Democratic legislators, to dismantle the TNDP Executive Committee, thus eliminating the election of these positions.

Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Lowe Finney (Jackson) and Rep. Jason Powell (Nashville) will propose legislation that will designate the Democratic House delegation as the new Executive Committee, and let the House and Senate each appoint five (elitists) other members from around the state.

Currently, according to state law, two members, one male and one female, are elected from each Senate district in the August primary preceding gubernatorial elections. The changes being considered would eliminate this process and reduce the size of the Executive Committee to a hand picked group of elitists.

The Executive Committee elects the party officers, including party chair, treasurer and regional vice chairs among others. The Executive Committee is also responsible for adopting the party bylaws and operating budget.

The purpose of the proposed reorganization is not clear. There is no good or justified reason to make such drastic changes. According to documents being circulated amoung Executive Committee members, the sponsors of the legislation feel the executive committee is too large and will not bow to their directives.

Complaints of those favoring the power grab of the executive committee include false allegations that unpaid volunteer executive committee members are not donating money, are not actively campaigning for candidates, are not responsive to elected officials, and are only interested in attending the DNC national convention.

Sources also say the proposed legislation would be written so that it doesn’t apply to the TNGOP if they so choose. It would be introduced as an amendment to a caption bill, possibly SB297/HB898.

The implications of the proposed changes are clear. It would certainly reduce the size and makeup of the committee. It would reduce the democratic election of these 66 elected members, two from each Senate district. Under the proposed changes, the committee would be made up of 29 House Democrats plus 10 members, five each appointed by House and Senate Democrats.

Large areas would be underrepresented or not represented under the proposed change. For example, the Knoxville area will have 2 committee members, now they currently have 10 members.

The change will put more power in the hands of the few insiders. Another consideration is whether already underpaid elected officials have the time and/or inclination to take on unpaid volunteer work on behalf of the party, including Democratic voters in districts they don’t represent.

Several Executive Committee members have stated, “The proposed changes will dismantle the Tennessee Democratic Party by placing decisions in the hands of the few and taking the power from the people of Tennessee”.