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Publisher's Note: This is a free, nonpartisan publication. The Equity Alliance, and its partnering
organizations, does not endorse or financially support candidates. There were 112 candidates who pulled
petitions, and every effort was made to contact each candidate to obtain their profile information. In the
event we couldn't reach a candidate, readily available information was captured from the internet. Due
to the large number of candidates, campaign platforms were limited to 100 words; community affiliations
were limited to five; and those who did not return a profile were only listed by name. Profiles were printed
as-is and were only edited for word count, grammatical correctness, or clarity.

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INSIDE THE GUIDE

Introduction from The Equity Alliance 4


Voter Registration Requirements and Deadlines 5
Voter ID Requirements 5
2018 Election Dates 5
What's On The Ballot 6
Candidate Profiles and Elected Office Definitions 8-39
Early Voting Times and Locations 40
Election Day Polling Location and Hours 40
Getting Your Voting Rights Restored 41
Voting as a College Student 42
Poll Watch: Being Turned Away 43
Contacting the Election Commission 44

Dear Davidson County Voter:

The 2018 midterm elections are upon us, and Nashville is at a pivotal moment for
shaping the city's future for decades to come. With an open governor's seat, an
open U.S. Senate seat, three open Congressional seats, more than half of the
state legislature up for grabs, and now a Vice Mayor's special election, the vote
you cast on August 2 and November 6 will have historical implications on the
direction of our city and our state.

Tennessee has one of the lowest voter participation rates in America. In the 2014
midterm election, our state currently ranked 50th in voter turnout and 40th in
voter registration. In the last presidential election, African Americans in Tennessee
ranked 43rd for voter turnout, and in the 2014 May election, only 6
percent of Nashvillians voted.

We must do our part as engaged citizens and vote in every election—from president and governor down to school board
and local judges. You'll see an array of federal, state and local candidates on this August 2 ballot!

For such a time as now, the stakes are too high to allow the decisions of a few registered voters to determine the
livelihoods for all Nashville residents. We simply cannot afford to sit this one out.

One of the greatest challenges that hinders people from voting is a lack of awareness of upcoming elections and access
to available information on the candidates. Over the past year, we've heard your calls in the community for transparency
and simple ballot information. To that end, The Equity Alliance is proud to release the 2018 Nashville Voter Guide, a free,
nonpartisan, public resource for Nashville voters to make an informed decision on Election Day.

My vision for Nashville is that every citizen, in every zip code—from Bordeaux to Belle Meade, Madison to Antioch, and
Dodge City to Cayce Homes—will be empowered and equipped with the necessary tools to use their voting power as a
weapon for a better, stronger democracy.

Thanks to your support, we had 1,775 downloads of our May 1st voter guide and distributed 2,000 hard copies! Help us
double this number by sharing this resource with your family, neighbors, friends and social media networks.

On behalf of The Equity Alliance, I invite you to take advantage of the Nashville Voter Guide to help you become a more
active, engaged, and informed voter. In this guide, you'll find unbiased candidate profiles, a description of what each
elected office does, polling locations and hours, voter ID requirements and much more.

I'd like to especially thank our community partners, DENOR Brands and Public Relations and 529 Graphics, as well as our
volunteers and distribution partners for making the 2018 Nashville Voter Guide a quality product and resource for our
community.

Visit www.nashvillevoterguide.com to access our mobile-friendly site, sign up for future text reminders, and
subscribe to updated editions.

Read it. Download it. Share it with others.

In solidarity,

Charlane Oliver
Founder and Board President
The Equity Alliance

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VOTER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
• Must be a U.S. citizen
• Must be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
• Must be a resident of Davidson County
• Must NOT have been convicted of a felony, or if you have,


your voting rights must have been restored
If you register for the first time by mail, you must vote in
DID YOU KNOW?
person the first time after registering. In Tennessee, we do not
register to vote by
WAYS TO REGISTER TO VOTE
Online: ovr.govote.tn.gov political party.
Phone: Text WOKE to 91990 and follow the prompts
Paper: Pick up a paper form at the election commission, public library, or designated government agency
In Person: Visit the Davidson County Election Commission

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES


Deadlines can creep up quickly. Make sure you're registered to vote! New registrations must be postmarked or deliv-
ered to the Davidson County Election Commission no later than thirty (30) days before an election, in order to
vote in that election.

VOTER ID REQUIREMENTS
All voters must present a federal or Tennessee state ID containing the voter's name and photograph when voting at
the polls, whether voting early or on Election Day unless an exemption applies. Acceptable forms of ID include, even if
expired:
• Tennessee driver's license with your photo
• United States passport
• Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
• Photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government
• United States Military photo ID
• Tennessee handgun carry permit with your photo
• College student IDs and photo IDs not issued by the state or federal government are not
acceptable.

2018 ELECTION CALENDAR


April 2, 2018 Voter Registration Deadline
May 1, 2018

Election Day – Davidson County Primary /
Transit Plan Referendum
REMINDER!
July 3, 2018 Voter Registration Deadline Special election for Vice
August 2, 2018 Election Day – County General and
Federal/State Primaries Mayor of Nashville will be
October 9, 2018 Voter Registration Deadline
November 6, 2018 Election Day – Federal and State General
on the Aug. 2 ballot.

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AUGUST 2ND BALLOT
DAVIDSON COUNTY

FEDERAL PRIMARIES
United States Senate
United States House of Representatives
5th Congressional District

STATE PRIMARIES
Governor
Tennessee State Senate
Districts 19, 21
Tennessee House of Representatives
Districts 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 60
Democratic State Executive Committee
Republican State Executive Committee

LOCAL GENERAL ELECTIONS


Vice Mayor
Metro Nashville School Board
Districts 2, 4, 6, 8
Chancery Court Judge, Part 2
Criminal Court Judge, Division 2
General Sessions Judge, Division 3
General Sessions Judge, Division 10
Circuit Court Clerk
Criminal Court Clerk
Davidson County Clerk
Juvenile Court Clerk
Public Defender
Register of Deeds
Sheriff
Trustee
City of Oak Hill Commissioner

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FEDERAL
PRIMARY
ELECTIONS

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Federal Candidate Profiles
Federal Primary Elections

U.S. SENATE
Each state is represented by two (2) Senators; therefore there are a total of 100 Senators in Congress.
A Senator helps create laws with the House of Representatives and serve on committees. Due to the
high volume and complexity of its work, the Senate divides its tasks among 20 permanent committees,
4 joint committees, and occasionally temporary committees. The majority leader and minority leader
are elected by their respective party conferences to serve as the chief Senate spokesmen for their
parties and to manage and schedule the legislative and executive business of the Senate. The Senate
has the power to confirm federal judges and try impeachment hearings that the House will start. As
of May 15, 2018, in the 115th Congress (2017-2018) the Senate has 51 Republicans, 47 Democrats, and
2 Independents, who both caucus with the Democrats. U.S. Senators are elected to 6-year terms, and
approximately one-third of the total membership of the Senate is elected every two years.

TRUDY A. AUSTIN Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: Morgan County Commissioner, 1996 - 2000
Employment: Retired U.S. Army
Education: B.A., University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
Community Affiliations: Chestnut Ridge Garden Club, Oak Ridge Housing
Authority, Tennessee Native American Council

Campaign Platform:
1. Term limits advocate
2. Citizens United supporter
3. Evolving government beyond a two-party entrenchment
Email: tathemd@gmail.com
Facebook: @trudya.austin

MARSHA BLACKBURN Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: U.S. House of Representatives, 7th District of
Tennessee
Employment: Businesswoman and Author
Education: Graduate of Mississippi State University
Community Affiliations: Christ Presbyterian Church, Distinguished Leader
Award from the Susan B. Anthony Foundation, Iron Jawed Angel Award for
Excellence in Public Service, the Congressional Grammy by the Recording
Academy, and the Health IT Now Innovation Award

Campaign Platform:
Website: www.marshablackburn.com 1. Fight to protect the unborn
Facebook: @marshablackburnforsenate 2. Fight to protect our Second Amendment rights
Twitter: @votemarsha
3. And support President Trump's immigration ban
Instagram: @team.marsha

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PHIL BREDESEN Incumbent: No

Federal Primary Elections


Previous elected offices held: Governor of TN (2003-2011); Mayor of Nashville
(1991-1999)
Employment: Founder and Chairman of Silicon Ranch Corp.
Education: Bachelor's degree in physics from Harvard University
Community Affiliations: Founding Member of Nashville's Table, Founder of
Land Trust of Tennessee

Campaign Platform:
1. Building a strong economy
2. Access to healthcare
Email: info@bredesen.us
3. Providing a quality education
Website: www.bredesen.com
Facebook: @BredesenForSenate
Twitter: @philbredesen
Instagram: @bredesenforsenate

KEVIN MCCANTS Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Employee Development Consulting & Supervisory Leadership
Education: M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Tennessee
at Chattanooga; B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology, University of Alabama
at Tuscaloosa
Community Affiliations: Senior Pastor of MilKe Ministries, Church On the Line
(COtL)

Campaign Platform:
1. Rectifying health care for all
Email: klmccants@TheMilKePlan.org 2. Student loan debt & entitlement reform
Website: themilkeplan.org
3. Decreasing our national debt through economic growth and tax base
Facebook: @kevin.mccants.54
broadening
Twitter: @mccantskevinl

BRETON PHILLIPS Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Civil Rights Petitioner in the Supreme Court of the United States
Education: B.A. in Business Administration at Pepperdine University, 2003. MBA
in Accounting at Lipscomb University, 2010
Community Affiliations: Community Church of Hendersonville, Tennessee;
Open Table Nashville (Interfaith Homeless Outreach Nonprofit); YMCA of Middle
Tennessee

Campaign Platform:
1. Current USA Supreme Court Case No. 17-8890 - Against President
Website: @breton.phillips Donald J. Trump for: breach of Peace, bribery, obstruction of justice; failure to
Twitter: @bretonphillips insure domestic tranquility.
2. Minority Rights (Women, Non-Christians, e.g.).
3. Healthcare

OTHER CANDIDATES
• John Carico • Kris L. Todd
• Dean Hill • John Wolfe

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Federal Candidate Profiles
Federal Primary Elections

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (DISTRICT 5)


The U.S. House of Representatives makes and passes federal laws. The House is one of Congress's
two chambers (the other is the U.S. Senate), and part of the federal government's legislative branch.
Also referred to as a congressman or congresswoman, each representative is elected to a two-year
term serving the people of a specific congressional district. Among other duties, representatives
introduce bills and resolutions, offer amendments and serve on committees. The number of
representatives with full voting rights is 435, and is proportionate to population per state. Currently,
there are five delegates representing the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American
Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. A resident commissioner represents
Puerto Rico. The delegates and resident commissioner possess the same powers as other members
of the House, except that they may not vote. The Speaker of the House is the leader of the House,
and majority and minority leaders represent their respective parties on the House floor.

JIM COOPER Incumbent: Yes


Previous elected offices held: U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee's
5th District (2003-present); U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee's 4th District
(1983-1995)
Employment: Congressman, Part-time law professor
Education: B.A., University of North Carolina; M.A., Oxford University; J.D., Harvard
University Law School
Community Affiliations: St. George's Episcopal Church, Nashville Rotary

Campaign Platform:
1. It is an honor to represent Middle Tennesseans in Congress. Although my
Email: jim@cooperforcongress.com official committee assignments involve nuclear weapons and satellites, I am
Website: www.cooperforcongress.com also deeply involved in improving our health care, education, immigration,
Facebook: @CoopforCongress trade, national finances, and our political system.
Twitter: @coopforcongress 2. I believe Congress should make it easier for our citizens to vote everywhere in
Instagram: @cooperforcongress America. It's our responsibility to ensure free and fair elections, and to provide
the proper guidelines for states. We are proud of the progress we've made
with “Project Register,” our bipartisan voter registration initiative. We still have
a lot of work to do to improve voter participation in Tennessee.

GLEN DEAN Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: IT professional
Education: B.A. in Political Science from Jacksonville State University; M.B.A. from
University of Phoenix
Community Affiliations: First Baptist Pegram

Campaign Platform:
1. Civil Liberties
2. Fiscal Policy
3. Federalism
Email: glendeanforcongress@gmail.com
Website: glendeanforcongress.com
Facebook: @glendeanforcongress

OTHER CANDIDATES
• Jody M. Ball

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STATE
PRIMARY
ELECTIONS

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State Candidate Profiles
State Primary Elections

GOVERNOR
The Governor is responsible for the operation of state government, enforcement of laws, collection of
taxes, and general well-being of citizens. These responsibilities are entrusted to a Cabinet that includes
the commissioners of the various departments and the governor's staff. The governor has the authority
to veto bills that have been passed and that, in his judgment, are not in the best interest of all citizens as
well as the authority to appoint judges and chancellors to fill vacancies in the courts, with confirmation
by the Tennessee General Assembly. The governor has the right to grant executive clemency, as well
as the power to grant post-conviction reprieves and pardons, except in cases of impeachment. The
governor also appoints members to boards and commissions to assist in governmental operations. The
governor may receive an annual salary of more than $184,000, as well as an official residence and
funding for its operation. The governor is limited to serving two four-year terms.

RANDY BOYD Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Founder and Chairman of Radio Systems Corporation
Education: Graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee with a
degree in Industrial Management.
Community Affiliations: Former Commissioner of Economic and Community
Development; Governor Bill Haslam's special advisor on higher education;
Chairman of tnAchieves; Owner of three minor league baseball teams: the
Tennessee Smokies, the Johnson City Cardinals, and the Greenville Reds; Member
of Erin Presbyterian Church

Email: info@randyboyd.com Campaign Platform:


Website: randyboyd.com 1. Better Education
Facebook: @RandyBoydTN 2. Better Jobs
Twitter: @randyboyd
3. Opportunity for everyone
Instagram: @randyboydtn

KARL DEAN Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: Davidson County Public Defender, 1990-1999;
Mayor of Nashville, 2007-2015
Employment: Gubernatorial Candidate
Education: B.A., Columbia University, 1978; J.D., Vanderbilt University, 1981
Community Affiliations: Member of the Incarnation in Nashville and has served
on many community and nonprofit board of directors

Campaign Platform:
1. Education will be the issue that moves our state forward. We need to make
the investments into schools and districts that are struggling and pay our
Email: paige@karldean.com teachers more.
Website: karldean.com 2. Additionally, we need to be investing in high quality pre-Kindergarten, after
Facebook: Elect Karl Dean school programs, vocational and technical programs. That will help us create
Twitter: @KarlFDean the workforce we need to attract good paying jobs that give everyone the
Instagram: @electkarldean opportunity to get ahead.
3. Finally, we need to be sure all Tennesseans have access to high quality and
affordable healthcare

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GABRIEL FANCHER Incumbent: No

State Primary Elections


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Real Estate Agent
Education: M.B.A. from Middle Tennessee State University; B.A. in Economics
from Western Kentucky University
Community Affiliations: Member of First Presbyterian Church, Murfreesboro;
Member of the Rutherford County Libertarian Party, Phi Delta Theta

Campaign Platform:
I am on the ballot for one reason; equal ballot access in Tennessee. To run for
office as an Independent, a Republican, or a Democrat it takes only 25 signatures
Email: gfancher@gmail.com to appear on the ballot, but to run as a Libertarian it takes over 30,000. You read
Website: GabrielFancher.com that correctly. It is my hope that Tennesseans will see how many people are
Facebook: @AnswerFancher running for governor this year and change the current unfair and unjust ballot
Twitter:@AnswerFancher access laws. All people deserve the right to join a political party and have equal
Instagram:@answerisfancher access to be on the ballot.

CRAIG FITZHUGH Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: State Representative for 99th through 110th
General Assemblies, Democratic Leader, Assistant Majority whip, 99th General
Assembly
Employment: Chairman and CEO of the Bank of Ripley, Lawyer
Education: B.S. in Finance, University of Tennessee, 1972; J.D., University of
Tennessee, 1975
Community Affiliations: Deacon and Chairman of Trustees, First Baptist
Church of Ripley; Past Chairman, Tennessee Bankers Association; Board Member,
Launch Tennessee; Ripley Downtown Development Corporation; Eagle Scout and
assistant scoutmaster
Email: rep.craig.fitzhugh@capitol.tn.gov
Website: www.craigfitzhugh.com Campaign Platform:
Facebook: @craigfitzhugh 1. People
Twitter: @craigfitzhugh 2. Progress
Instagram: @CraigFitzhugh
3. Tennessee

BETH HARWELL Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: State Representative District 56, Speaker of the
Tennessee House of Representatives
Employment: State House of Representatives, District 56
Education: Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University
Community Affiliations: State Representative, Leadership Nashville, Leadership
Tennessee

Campaign Platform:
1. Strengthen education
2. Provide an environment for private sector jobs to thrive
Email: Beth@bethharwell.com
3. Lean government
Website: bethharwell.com
Facebook: @BethHarwell

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BASIL MARCEAUX Incumbent: No
State Primary Elections
Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Retired
Education: Associates degree from Edmunson
Community Affiliations: None

Campaign Platform:
1. First with or without governor hood is moving the state southern border from
N.C. to the Mississippi River.
2. A proclamation statewide Christian debt jubilee pardoning all the debt.
3. I'm for 2nd amendment rights but you must remember what the Constitution
Email: basil@republicanicinarepublic.com
really says. It says you have the right to protect ourselves from the
Website: basilmarceaux007.com
government. It does not say it for hunting.
Facebook: @basilmarceaux sr
Twitter:@basilmarceaux

CHAD RIDEN Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Comedian
Education: B.S. Communications from University of Tennessee, Knoxville;
A.A. Liberal Arts from Hiwassee College, Madisonville TN
Community Affiliations: Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America; Board Member,
Stand Up Nashville; Member, Fraternal Order of Hot Chicken; Founder, Holy
Chadyterian Church.

Campaign Platform:
1. Deployment of high speed fiber optic internet as a state-wide public utility
Email: chad@chadriden.com following the Chattanooga model. Access to information and technology is
Website: ChadRiden.com as important as electricity or water. Construction and maintenance of this
Facebook: @ChadRiden network will create hundreds of high tech jobs.
Twitter:@ChadRiden
2. Health care is a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman, and child in
Instagram:@chadriden
Tennessee should be able to access the health care they need regardless of
their income. A state-wide single-payer health care program will save millions
of dollars and save lives.
3. Public education improvements are long over-due. Our school systems are
perpetually underfunded. Teachers are underpaid.

MEZIANNE VALE PAYNE Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Running for office
Education: ADN/RN
Community Affiliations: I attend church online as my denomination does not
have a building, Messianic Jewish.

Campaign Platform:
1. Medical Marijuana
2. Single-payer healthcare
3. College tuition program, technical high schools, Native American Indian
Email: meziannepayne4governor@gmail.com
communities, and no state income tax-ever
Website: mezianne-payne-for-governor-of-tennes-
see.jimdosite.com/
Facebook: @PayneForGovernor
Twitter: @payne4governor

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VINNIE VINEYARD Incumbent: No

State Primary Elections


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Small Business Owner / Actor / Wrestler / Ghost Hunter
Education: Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) from Helen Ross
McNabb
Community Affiliations: Libertarian Party of East Tennessee, National
Libertarian Party

Campaign Platform:
1. Anti-War
2. Anti-Crony Capitalism
Email: sweetfamilyfunk@yahoo.com
3. Legalize Marijuana
Website: BelieveInTheFUNK.com
Facebook: @funkmasterv
Twitter: @Funkmaster_v
Instagram: @funkmaster_v

TRACY YASTE TISDALE Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Help desk
Education: General Associates of Science, Pellissippi State Community College
Community Affiliations: Libertarian Party

Campaign Platform:
1. I believe in the capability of adults to make informed decisions about their
lives and because of that I support the full legalization of cannabis.
2. I strongly oppose taxes and will work to eliminate them as much as I can.
3. Also, corruption in our government is rampant and I will call it out for all the
Email: Tyaste@gmail.com
world to hear. Corrupt lawmakers should be relegated to the history books as
Facebook: @tisdale4tngov
they have no place in our state in this day and age.

KAY WHITE Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: Chairman of the Tri City Tea Party, County
Delegate and Delegate for Donald Trump in 2016
Employment: Realtor
Education: Art Major at East Tennessee State University, Real Estate Classes
with D&D Real Estate School and Continuing Education for Real Estate every two
years
Community Affiliations: Member of the Baptist Church, Christian Women's
Club, Washington County Women's Club, and Washington County Republicans

Campaign Platform:
Email: kaywhite4tngov@gmail.com 1. I am pro-life, pro-family, pro-gun, Christian, Constitutional Conservative.
Website: kaywhiteforgovernor.com 2. As your Governor I will veto any bill that increases the size, cost, and power of
Facebook: @kaywhite4tngov the government. I believe in limited government, states' rights, freedoms, local
Twitter: @kaywhite4tngov control of education without common core and open honest government with
Instagram: @KayWhite term limits.
3. I am a concerned citizen, not a politician like my opponents. I will stand up for
the average citizen of Tennessee, supporting law enforcement, firefighters,
teachers, veterans and senior citizens. Our safety will be a top priority! No to
illegals and sanctuary cities. I will be the people's Governor.

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Mark Wright Incumbent: No
State Primary Elections
Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: EAM Administrator
Education: B.A. in Business Management from Middle Tennessee State
University
Community Affiliations: Volunteer at World Outreach Church

Campaign Platform:
1. Law Enforcement: Ensure that processes are in place to fully support law
enforcement and make sure there are well-defined, transparent policies in
place when issues arise to support the law enforcement officers and ensure
Email: info@Wright4TN.com interactions with the public and outcomes are consistent for all citizens.
Website: wright4tn.com 2. Financial accountability: Ensure accountability for funds spent and attach
Facebook: @wrightspeak measurable results to any funds budgeted.
Twitter: @wrightspeak
3. Education: Reduce the burden of standardized testing on schools and expand
Instagram:@wrightspeak
measures used to grade teachers and schools to also focus as heavily on
the process of preparation, delivery and student engagement as we do test
results.

OTHER CANDIDATES
• Diane Black • Yvonne Neubert
• Bill Lee • Alfred Shawn Rapoza
• Mark CoonRippy Brown • Robert Sawyers Sr.
• Sherry L. Clark • Heather Scott
• Justin Cornett • George Blackwell Smith IV
• Sean Bruce Fleming • Jeremy Allen Stephenson
• William Andrew Helmstetter • Mike Toews
• Cory King • Rick Tyler
• Matthew Koch • Jaron D. Weidner
• Tommy Ray McAnally • Patrick Whitlock
• Jessie D. McDonald • Joe B. Wilmoth
• Toney Randall Mitchell

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State Candidate Profiles

State Primary Elections


TENNESSEE STATE SENATE
The Senate is the upper house of the Tennessee General Assembly and is composed of 33 members
who are elected to four-year terms of office. They are elected by the voters of their Senate legislative
district. A senator must be a citizen of the United States, at least 30 years old, a citizen of Tennessee
for at least three years and a resident of the county or district he represents for at least one year
before the election. The functions of the Legislature are to enact, amend, and repeal the laws of
Tennessee. Some of the specific powers granted to the Tennessee General Assembly by the state
Constitution include: the appropriation of all money to be paid out of the state treasury; the levy and
collection of taxes; and the right to authorize counties and incorporated towns to levy taxes.

DISTRICT 19

CHRISTINA “CHRIS” CALLAWAY Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Dean of Student Affairs
Education: M.S. in IMC, Eastern Michigan University
Community Affiliations: Episcopalian, Tennessee Home Education Association,
Board Member - The Masters Academy, Tennessee Foster and Adoptive
Association

Campaign Platform:
1. Educational Integrity
2. Healthcare
Email: chris@christinacallaway.com
3. Fiscal Responsibility
Website: votecallaway.com

RUEBEN DOCKERY Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Bi-vocational pastor, Beythel Family Church and Building Families
& Communities Missions Inc.
Education: Ph.D. in education, Walden University; M.Ed. from Trevecca Nazarene
University; and B.A. in history, Fisk University
Community Affiliations: Beythel Family Church, Executive Director of Building
Families & Communities Missions Inc., Prince Hall Masonic Association of Nashville,
and the Middle Tennessee Boys Scouts of America Chapter

Campaign Platform:
Email: td19cac@gmail.com I have in the past and continue to advocate for improving our public educational
Website: www.ConstituentAdvocacy.com system, economic equity and stability and family viability
Facebook: @rueben.dockery.18
Twitter: @TND19CAC

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BRENDA GILMORE Incumbent: No
State Primary Elections
Previous elected offices held: State Representative District 54, Metro Council
Member (1999-2007)
Employment: Retired Director at Vanderbilt University
Education: B.S. in Business, Tennessee State University; Master of Human
Resource Development, Vanderbilt University
Community Affiliations: Member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Graduate of
Leadership Nashville, Chair, Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators (TBCSL),
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Music City Chapter of Links, Inc.

Campaign Platform:
Email: brendagilmoreforsenate@gmail.com 1. Healthcare: Brenda will keep fighting to expand Medicaid and will work to
Website: brendagilmoreforsenate.com increase access to preventative care and protect women's health care rights.
Facebook: @GilmoreforSenate 2. Jobs, Fair Wages, Equal Pay and the Economy
Twitter: @repgilmore
3. Justice for all: We must fully fund our public schools and expand universal
Pre-K and early childhood education to all families.
4. Transportation: Brenda understands that any transportation solution must
address the needs of working families, connect our youth to educational
opportunity, and support our growing economy.
5. Transparency: Brenda will continue to hold open town hall meetings before
each legislative session.

HOWARD JONES Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Pastor, Fairfield Church and Assistant Principal, J. F. Kennedy
Middle School
Education: B.S. in educational leadership, Tennessee State University; M.S. in
education, Tennessee State University. Also attended American Baptist College
and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Community Affiliations: Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,
Rock City Chapter of the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge, Greater Nashville Alliance
of Black Educators (GNABE), Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship (IMF), TSU
Alumni Association & Tennessee Elks Lodge #1102
Email: howardjones@howardjonestnstatesenate19.com
Website: HowardjonesTNStateSenate19.com Campaign Platform:
Facebook: @electhowardjonestatesenate19 1. I support effective education.
Twitter: @electhjonessenate19 2. I support efficient and affordable housing.
Instagram: @Elect_HowardJonesstatesenate19
3. I support economic development and empowerment.

SANDRA V. MOORE Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: Metro Council District 17 (2 terms)
Employment: In-home specialist-therapist
Education: B.A. from Fisk University; Master's degree in Counseling, Argosy
University
Community Affiliations: Lay Speaker; Member, Healthy Nashville Leadership
Council; John Wesley United Methodist Church, Nashville

Campaign Platform:
1. Healthcare/mental health
2. Education/Literacy
Email: mooretolife@bellsouth.net
3. Workforce Development

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GEORGE THOMAS Incumbent: No

State Primary Elections


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Education Equal Opportunity Group (EEOG) Non-profit Leader
Education: B.B.A., Tennessee State University
Community Affiliations: Member at Temple Church, member of the Omega
Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Women's Political Collaborative of Tennessee, ProHealth
Rural Health Services Board of Directors, Opportunity Digest Newspaper Board of
Directors

Campaign Platform:
1. Education Achievement: I believe that all children should have the opportunity
Email: gt4senate@gmail.com to have access to a high-quality education, from preschool through high
Website: www.GeorgeThomasUSA.com school and beyond. I stand with teachers and improving educational
Facebook: @gt4senate outcomes.
Twitter: @gt4senate 2. Affordable Housing: I believe that homeownership instills dignity, builds
Instagram: @gt4senate communities, and helps more Tennesseans create wealth, as well as combat
the skyrocketing rents.
3. Crime Prevention/Safer Neighbors: I believe prisons should be for violent
offenders, not drug addicts. We must fight crime with prevention and
community police.
4. Healthcare Equality: I believe no one should lose their home, life savings, or
die because they cannot afford health care insurance.

DISTRICT 21

JEFF YARBRO Incumbent: Yes


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Attorney at Bass, Berry, & Sims
Education: A.B. in Government from Harvard University; J.D. from University of
Virginia School of Law
Community Affiliations: Metro Nashville Economic Inclusion Advisory
Committee, Metro Transit Authority - Board of Directors (2009-2014); Past Capital
Campaign Chair, Casa Azafran; Christ Church Cathedral; Jefferson Awards for
Public Service Board of Selectors

Campaign Platform:
Email: jeff@jeffyarbro.com In the legislature, some of my chief priorities are expanding access to health
Website: jeffyarbro.com care primarily through Medicaid expansion; improving affordable housing and
Facebook: @jeff.yarbro transportation options; and standing up for people targeted by divisive or
Twitter: @yarbro discriminatory legislation.
Instagram: @jeffyarbro

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State Candidate Profiles
State Primary Elections

TENNESSEE STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


The House of Representatives is the lower house of the Tennessee General Assembly, composed
of 99 members who are elected to two-year terms of office. They are elected by the voters of their
House legislative district. A representative must be a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years old,
a citizen of Tennessee for at least three years and a resident of the county he represents for at least
one year before the election. In general, the functions of the Legislature are to enact, amend, and
repeal the laws of Tennessee, and they can create changes in the form of bills, resolutions and joint
resolutions. Some of the specific powers granted to the General Assembly by the state Constitution
include: the appropriation of all money to be paid out of the state treasury; the levy and collection of
taxes; and the right to authorize counties and incorporated towns to levy taxes. The House also has
the power to start impeachment hearings.

DISTRICT 50

JUDD COWAN Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Machine Designer and Project Manager at Industrial Design and
Fabrication; Part-time aerospace engineer at the Smyrna Airport for Resource Air
Charter
Education: Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, University of
Tennessee-Knoxville
Community Affiliations: None

Campaign Platform:
1. Enabling Tennesseans: Creating the most business-friendly state in the
country, Increasing vocational learning opportunities, and Raising the school
Email: judd@juddfortn.com nurse to student ratio
Website: juddfortn.com 2. Innovating to Move Tennessee Forward: Transit solutions to unite Nashville,
Facebook: @Electjuddcowan Securing our IT systems, and Expanding mental healthcare availability
Twitter: @JuddCowanTN 3. Preserving and Increasing Tennessee's Economic Success: Keeping your
taxes low, Cutting taxes where possible, and Sustaining job growth through
strategic planning

BO MITCHELL Incumbent: Yes


Previous elected offices held: Current State Representative District 50, former
Metro Council Member District 35
Employment: Director of Sales, Employee Benefits
Education: B.A. in Political Science, David Lipscomb University; J.D. from Nashville
School of Law
Community Affiliations: Joelton Civitan Club, Goodlettsville Chamber of
Commerce, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee Farm Bureau, Bellevue
Harpeth Chamber

Campaign Platform:
1. Roads and Infrastructure: We should work to draw down the hundreds
of millions of dollars in backlogged projects and address needs on our
Email: rep.bo.mitchell@capitol.tn.gov interstates, on our state and U.S. highways, and at key interchanges.
Website: votebo.com 2. Schools: We must listen to our teachers, enhance local control, and
Facebook: @VoteBo adequately fund our schools.
Twitter: @VoteBo 3. Health Care: Money could have gone to insure more than 330,000
Tennesseans under Governor Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal. It's past
time to pass Insure Tennessee.
4. Local Economy: State interference in local issues has cost us millions of dollars
and affected our ability to control our future. We must not relinquish control to
legislators from other parts of the state.

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State Primary Elections
DISTRICT 51

BILL BECK Incumbent: Yes


Previous elected offices held: State House of Representatives (2 terms)
Employment: Attorney at Beck and Beck Law Offices
Education: B.A. in Business from Belmont University; J.D. from Nashville
School of Law
Community Affiliations: Past President and Member of Madison Kiwanis Club,
Past President and Member of Madison Chamber, Dickerson Baptist Church,
Member of the Downtown Partnership, Old Hickory Chamber of Commerce

Campaign Platform:
1. Putting people before politics: I want to help people cut through the red tape
Email: Bill@Beckfortn.com of government
Website: www.BeckForTN.com 2. Empowering communities: We need to bring common sense back to the
Facebook: @BeckForTN government by empowering constituents. Government needs to be in touch
Twitter: @BeckForTN with the people we represent which is one reason I've held 8 town halls since
Instagram: @beck_carson being elected 4 years ago.
3. Transparency: I will continue my pledge of open and transparent service to
the district.

TREY PALMEDO Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Finance for a small firm in Nashville - Capstone Capital
Education: B.S. Finance from Auburn University
Community Affiliations: Davidson County Young Democrats, Davidson County
Democratic Party

Campaign Platform:
My top three issues for my campaign are an anti-lobbying pledge, smaller
classroom sizes and standing up for small businesses. First, I took a pledge to
never take a single lobby dollar, because Nashville deserves someone to write
Email: trey@palmedofortn.com legislation for them and not corporate profit margins. Second, I want to lower
Website: www.palmedofortn.com classroom sizes and give teachers the environments and pay they deserve.
Facebook: @palmedofortn I believe we can cut wasteful spending, like eliminating the cash bail system
Twitter: @palmedofortn that costs Nashville tax payers $50,000 a day, to fund smaller classrooms and
Instagram: @treypalmedo increase teacher salaries. Lastly, I want to give dollar-for-dollar tax incentives
to small businesses to provide their employees' health insurance so that small
businesses have the tools they need to compete with mega corporations.

OTHER CANDIDATES
• Randell Stroud

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State Primary Elections

DISTRICT 52

MIKE STEWART Incumbent: Yes


Previous elected offices held: Current State Representative District 52
Employment: Attorney at Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC
Education: B.A. in History, University of Pennsylvania; J.D., University of
Tennessee College of Law
Community Affiliations: Past President of Lockeland Springs Neighborhood
Association, American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville
Bar Association, Past Member of Davidson County Emergency Communications
District Board

Email: rep.mike.stewart@capitol.tn.gov
Facebook: @tnrepmikestewart
Twitter: @RepMikeStewart

DISTRICT 53

DAVID J. DENNISON Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Retired
Education: H.S. diploma; Licensed Real Estate, Mortgage Broker, Life and
Casualty Insurance, Engineering U.S. Navy Space Program
Community Affiliations: None

Campaign Platform:
1. Education
2. Senior Citizen
3. Transportation
Email: davidjdennison@comcast.net
Website: davidjdennison.com
Facebook: @David Dennison
Twitter: @David Dennison
Instagram: @David Dennison

OTHER CANDIDATES
• Amberlee Brooks • Jason Powell (incumbent)
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State Primary Elections
DISTRICT 54

LOLA DENISE BROWN Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Live-In Caregiver
Education: B.A. in Behavior Studies (pending)
Community Affiliations: Member of Hobson United Methodist Church, Member
of Tennessee Intercollegiate Student Legislature (TISL), Active Board Member at
Kirkland Mills Foundation, Former President at Charlotte Ave. BRT

Campaign Platform:
1. Solving the problem of health care for the poor and indigent
2. Gun laws and how to have better control of who can possess carry permits
Email: tathemd@gmail.com
3. Equitable jobs and wages

TERRY CLAYTON Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: Democratic Committeeman 19th Senatorial
District
Employment: Attorney at Terry Clayton & Associates P.C.
Education: B.S. in Criminal Justice and Political Science from Tennessee State
University; J.D. from Howard University School of Law
Community Affiliations: Temple Baptist Church, Board Member of Tennessee
State University Foundation and Samaritan Ministry, National Bar Association,
Napier-Lobby Bar Association, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Campaign Platform:
Email: claytonstatehouse54@gmail.com 1. Support public education preschool to college by building a stronger school
Website: www.tc4tn.com system that prepares children and reduces the school-to-prison pipeline.
Facebook: @ClaytonforHouse Promote the utilization of dual enrollment dollars.
Twitter: @claytonsh54 2. INFRASTRUCTURE: Improve infrastructure as it relates to roads, transportation,
Instagram: @claytonforhouse regional transit, and economic development.

SCOTT DAVIS Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: Metro Nashville Council District 5
Employment: Associate Publisher of the Nashville Pride newspaper
Education: B.A. in Political Science, Bethune Cookman University; M.B.A., Strayer
University
Community Affiliations: Current President of the Metro Council Minority
Caucus, Member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc., former Neighborhood Resource
Center board member, Former Cleveland Park Neighborhood Association chair

Campaign Platform:
1. Supporting the creation of wealth for African Americans and women: Over
Email: sdavispride@gmail.com 80% of my rezoning legislation has been for African Americans and women.
Website: www.scottdavisfortennessee.com 2. Youth Initiatives: I recruited and brought Top Golf to my district, creating over
Facebook: @scottdavisfortennessee 475 jobs for youth in North, East, and South Nashville. I sponsored and passed
Twitter: @sdavispride legislation on the local level to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.
3. Community Advocacy: As president of the Minority Caucus, my colleagues
and I ensured that Nashville General Hospital was saved. We fought to ensure
that black law firms like the Manson firm were included in city contracts.

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VINCENT DIXIE Incumbent: No
State Primary Elections
Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Bondsman
Education: B.A. in Accounting, Tennessee State University; M.B.A. from
Tennessee State University
Community Affiliations: Finance Council at St. Vincent DePaul Church, Member
of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., 2015 New Leaders Council Fellow

Campaign Platform:
1. Education: I believe we can help reduce the school-to-prison pipeline by
implementing better programs and allocating more resources to schools, in
Email: vincent@dixie4tn.com particular at the elementary level.
Website: www.dixie4tn.com 2. Criminal justice reform: I believe in second chances. Currently our criminal
Facebook: @Vincent Dixie, Tn House District 54 justice system makes it nearly impossible for non-violent felons to get a
Twitter: @vincentdixie54 second chance to overcome mistakes early in life. I would like for non-violent
Instagram: @vincentdixiefortn feloniess to be expunged from a person's record after completion of their
sentence and/or a period of time.
3. Healthcare reform for our seniors: Many of our seniors have to choose
between paying for groceries, shelter or medicine. We have to help our
seniors get quality healthcare at a reasonable price.

OTHER CANDIDATES
• JOHN SMITH

DISTRICT 55

JOHN RAY CLEMMONS Incumbent: Yes


Previous elected offices held: Current State Representative District 55
Employment: Attorney / Rule 31 General Civil Mediator
Education: B.A. in History, Columbia University; J.D., University of Memphis Law
School
Community Affiliations: Belmont-Hillsboro Neighbors, Inc., Member, Friends
of Sevier Park, Inc., Waverly-Belmont Elementary School PTO, Nashville Bar
Association, Tennessee Bar Association

Campaign Platform:
1. Healthcare: Ensure that every Tennessean is able to receive the type of care
Email: jrclemmons@gmail.com and treatment he or she needs and deserves by consistently advocating for
Website: www.johnrayfortennessee.com Medicaid expansion; focus on the availability of and access to mental health
Facebook: @johnrayfortn care and drug and substance abuse services.
Twitter: @JRClemmons 2. Education: Provide public schools and teachers with the resources they need
to succeed so that our children benefit.
3. Jobs: Continue to develop local talent in a multitude of thriving industries,
attract and support more small businesses, recruit more companies with
well-paying jobs, and nurture existing businesses that have invested here and
contributed to our community's success.
4. Transportation
5. Equality: Stand up and speak out against hate and discrimination

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State Primary Elections
DISTRICT 56

BOB FREEMAN Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Vice President of Real Estate Investment and Development at
Forestar Group
Education: Master's in Sustainability, Lipscomb University's Institute for
Sustainable Practice
Community Affiliations: Chairman of TN Environmental Council, Member of
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Member of U.S. Green Building Council's
TN Market Leadership Advisory Board, Member of Nashville's Homelessness
Commission, Board Member of Children's House

Email: bob@votebobfreeman.com Campaign Platform:


Website: www.votebobfreeman.com I want to ensure Tennessee remains a place where our children can live and
Facebook: @VoteBobFreeman prosper – where a quality education, a hard day's work and common sense are
Twitter: @VoteBobFreeman valued. We must make strategic decisions about our future, while addressing
today's challenges. We must help our rural communities impacted by record
hospital closures and support families gripped by the opioid epidemic. We should
also honor our 24,000 veterans who don't have healthcare. These are not partisan
issues; these are real issues we face. I am running because we need more
thoughtful and responsible leaders making informed decisions on behalf of all
Tennesseans.

JOSEPH WILLIAMS Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Founding Partner, The Peacefield Group
Education: B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Vanderbilt University; J.D.
from Vanderbilt Law School
Community Affiliations: Elder and Sunday School Teacher at Redemption City
Church; Teach For America alumni, Nashville Charter Corps (2009)

Campaign Platform:
I will fight for educational equity (the civil rights issue of our generation) so that
each family can send each of their children to a school where they can thrive.
Email: joseph@williamsfortn.com I will fight to lower the burden for every person to start a business so that they
Website: www.WilliamsForTN.com can contribute to their community and support their family. I promise to always
Facebook: @WilliamsForTN lead with civility and respect for the God-given human dignity of every individual.
Twitter: @jjwilliams We can disagree without being disagreeable. We can be persuasive, acting with
Instagram: @jjwilliams character, honor, and integrity.

OTHER CANDIDATES
• Brent Moody

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State Primary Elections

DISTRICT 58

HAROLD LOVE, JR. Incumbent: Yes


Previous elected offices held: State Representative District 58
Employment: Pastor of Lee Chapel AME Church
Education: B.B.A. in Economics and Finance, Tennessee State University;
Masters in Theological Studies, Vanderbilt University; Ph.D. in Public Policy and
Administration, Tennessee State University
Community Affiliations: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, NAACP, 18th Avenue Family
Enrichment Center, Prince Hall Mason

Campaign Platform:
1. Education is top priority for me, and I have passed legislation to improve
Email: loveinthehouse@aol.com teacher planning for IEP and creating computer science as an elective for
Website: www.loveforhouse58.com high school graduation.
Facebook: @LoveforHouse58 2. Criminal justice reform is a priority for me. I have been able to pass legislation
Twitter: @haroldlovejr to reduce solitary confinement of juveniles and increase expungement of
Instagram: @haroldlovejr certain felonies.
3. Healthcare is a priority for me and I have passed Legislation improving Sickle
Cell outcomes and reducing Maternal Mortality.

DISTRICT 59

DAVID BIRDSONG Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Self-employed
Education: High school
Community Affiliations: Former Metro Beautification Commissioner, Member of
Joy Church International

Campaign Platform:
1. Securing schools
2. Term limits
3. Replacing career politicians with people like me
Email: Birdsong.4.house.dist.59@gmail.com
Facebook: David Birdsong for State
Representative District 59

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KYLE SOUTHERN Incumbent: No

State Primary Elections


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Education Policy Researcher
Education: BA in American Studies, Vanderbilt University; Master's of Education
Policy, Vanderbilt University; Ph.D. candidate in higher education leadership,
University of Michigan
Community Affiliations: Member of West End United Methodist Church;
Member of Vanderbilt University Alumni Association Board of Directors; tnAchieves
Program Mentor

Campaign Platform:
Email: info@southern4tn.com 1. Having spent my career as an education advocate, I am focused on ensuring
Website: southern4tn.com every student receives a high-quality public education by working to provide
Facebook: @southern4tn teachers and students with the resources they need to meet their full
Twitter: @southern4tn potential.
Instagram: @southern4tn 2. I believe we can have an economy in which businesses can grow and working
people can make living wages to support their families. I will work to bring
better jobs to our community and be an advocate for working people.
3. I will work to expand access to affordable health care, as I believe it is a
fundamental right.

OTHER CANDIDATES
• JASON POTTS

DISTRICT 60

DARREN JERNIGAN Incumbent: Yes


Previous elected offices held: State Representative 108th, 109th, 110th General
Assembly; Metro Council 2007-2014
Employment: Consultant and Small Business Owner
Education: B.S. in Political Science and Public Relations, Austin Peay State
University; M.C.J. in Criminal Justice, Middle Tennessee State University
Community Affiliations: Church of Nazarene, Masonic Lodge #598, Donelson/
Hermitage Chamber, ALS Tennessee Board Member, Friends of Two Rivers
Mansion

Campaign Platform:
Email: dsjernigan@comcast.net 1. Access to affordable health care
Website: www.darrenjernigan.com 2. Education
Facebook: @darrenjernigantn
3. Creating jobs and training for jobs paying a living wage
Twitter: @dsjernigan

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State Candidate Profiles
State Primary Elections

DEMOCRATIC STATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


The Democratic State Executive Committee is composed of one man and one woman elected from
each of the 35 Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Councilmanic districts. This committee is the
governing body and manages and operates the State Party, establishes and approves the budget,
and establishes procedure for picking Party nominees for offices, selecting members of the National
Committee, and selecting delegates for the National Convention, which is where support for a
particular presidential candidate is chosen.

DISTRICT 19
SEAN BRAISTED Incumbent: No
Previous elected offices held: Davidson County Democratic Executive
Committee
Employment: Public Information Officer for Metro Government
Education: B.S. in Urban Studies from Tennessee State University
Community Affiliations: Past President of the Tennessee Young Democrats

Campaign Platform:
1. Working with the TN Democratic Party Chair to be fiscally responsible to
donors by ensuring funds are spent efficiently and effectively
2. Recruiting and electing more Democratic officials on the local, state, and
Email: Seantbr@gmail.com federal level
Facebook: @SeanTBraisted
3. Creating a more equitable and representative Tennessee Democratic Party
Twitter: @sean_braisted

DISTRICT 20
JOLIE GRACE WAREHAM Incumbent: No
Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Hire Dynamics/Contractor
Education: B.A. in Political Science from Rhodes College
Community Affiliations: Tennessee Young Democrats, Secretary; Davidson
County Young Democrats, Member; Davidson County Democratic Party, Member;
Emerge Tennessee, 2018 Alumna; American Association of University Women
(AAUW) Nashville Chapter, Member

Campaign Platform:
1. I love Tennessee more than I can express. It's imperative that the great
Email: electjoliegrace@gmail.com people and communities of our great state are represented by individuals
Facebook: @jg4tennessee who address their needs. That's why I work every day to elect Democrats
Instagram: @jg4tennessee and further our Party's values. As Committeewoman, I'll work to represent all
District 20 Democrats through collaboration with other Democratic leaders.
2. I'll work to bridge grassroots with grasstops efforts so those of various
backgrounds, ages, and experiences are empowered to get involved.
3. Lastly, I'll work to place high importance on fundraising and cleaning
databases so that Democratic candidates are set up for electoral success.

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DISTRICT 21

State Primary Elections


RICHARD LANGFORD Incumbent: No
Previous elected offices held: Davidson County Executive Committeeman for
the 6th Councilmanic District, Tennessee Democratic Executive Committeeman
Employment: Retired/Professor
Education: H.S. Diploma from Stratford High School, B.S. in Liberal Arts (Public
Administration) with minors in Economics/Finance and German from Middle
Tennessee State; M. Div. from Vanderbilt Divinity School; D. Min. from the
Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Community Affiliations: Reunion Committee for Stratford High School, National
NAACP Member, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity - Member Education Committee,
Instructor for the International Conference of Police Chaplains, Social Worker in
Ethiopia, Honduras, and Belize - Vanderbilt Hospital's ICU Recovery Group
Email: Langford4DemExecCommittee@gmail.com
/ richnnash@gmail.com
Facebook: @Richard Langford Campaign Platform:
Twitter: @richnnash 1. Working in a community of moral diversity, Tennesseans should not be
Instagram: @RichWL exclusively Red. Therefore, issues, policies, and decisions for our state should
not exclusively represent one political party yet in TN one political party
controls a super majority in the state House of Representatives, a majority
in the state Senate, and the Governor's House. Seven of nine U.S. Congress
members and both U.S. Senate seats.
2. Social Inclusion
3. Public education needs support without a charter opposition.

RAMON J. RYAN Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Law school student
Education: J.D. Candidate at Vanderbilt University Law School; B.S. in Liberal
Arts, Middle Tennessee State University; A.S. in History, Nashville State Community
College
Community Affiliations: Divisional Vice President of the Tennessee Young
Democrats, New Leaders Council Nashville 2018 Fellow, Former American
Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union Organizer

Campaign Platform:
Email: ramonjw@gmail.com 1. The LGBTQ+ community, the black community and youth are all core
Facebook: @Ramon4SEC constituencies of the Democratic Party that deserve a seat at the table
Twitter: @ramonjw when it comes to how the Party is run. These groups, however, are woefully
underrepresented on the Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee.
As a member of each of these communities, I will serve as a voice for those
who have been traditionally underrepresented on the Committee.
2. Additionally, I am committed to creating an Executive Committee that
understands the importance of grassroots activism and is open, transparent
and responsive to rank-and-file Democrats across the state.

OTHER CANDIDATES
• Charlie Clark - District 19 • Will T. Cheek - District 20
• Bill Shick - District 19 • Marjorie Pomeroy Wallace - District 21

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State Candidate Profiles
State Primary Elections

REPUBLICAN STATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


The Republican State Executive Committee shall consist of sixty-six (66) members. One bona fide
Republican man and one bona fide Republican woman shall be elected to the SEC from each of the
thirty-three (33) State Senatorial Districts, by the voters of each respective District qualified to vote in
such Republican primary. Each SEC member shall have voted in the last three Republican primaries
in his county of residence during those primary elections. The duties and powers of the SEC include
to serve as the Tennessee Republican Party's state primary board; to have immediate charge and full
control of the political affairs of the TRP and establish policy to guide and direct County Republican
Parties. The SEC shall serve a four-year term.

DISTRICT 20
MARTHA RUTH BROWN Incumbent: No
Previous elected offices held: Delegate and Alternate to Republican National
Conventions
Employment: Retired from HCA as a Medicare Compliance Auditor
Education: B.A. in Political Science/History, Georgetown College; B.M.Sc. in
Health Information Management, Emory University School of Medicine
Community Affiliations: Woodmont Baptist Church, Bellevue Republican
Breakfast Club, 1st Tuesday

Campaign Platform:
1. Continue the current path of the Tennessee Republican Party supporting all
Email: Mrbrown10@comcast.net Republican candidates and providing support to county Republican Parties.
2. Ensure adequate financing and updated technology for the party.

CONNIE HUNTER Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: State Executive Committee Senate District 23,
First Vice Chair Davidson County Republican Party, Chair Music City Republican
Women
Employment: Self-employed, Tee shirts & promotional items
Education: B.S. Chemistry from Georgia College (UGA system)
Community Affiliations: Christ Church Nashville, Nashville Republican Women,
Music City Republican Women, Tennessee Minority Coalition, Tennessee Tax
Revolt

Campaign Platform:
Email: conniegop@gmail.com 1. Outreach to all nationalities and increase our base here in Davidson county.
Facebook: @Connie Butler Hunter Family values, education, opportunity for all are important to them and is at
Twitter: @conniebhunter the core of our Republican Platform.
Instagram: @msdoggie1 2. Educating voters on state and local issues before our lawmakers. All politics
are local!
3. Working for good candidates that promote freedom, liberty, opportunity,
prosperity, and get out the vote

OTHER CANDIDATES
• Karen Bennett – District 19 • Robert Swope – District 20
• Ron McDow – District 20 • Robert Duvall – District 21
• Michelle Foreman – District 20 • Beverly B. Knight – District 21

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LOCAL GENERAL
AND SPECIAL
ELECTIONS

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Local Candidate Profiles
Local General & Special Elections

VICE MAYOR

MATTHEW DELROSSI Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Musician, A.V. production
Education: Attended the Univ of Maine
Community Affiliations: Eagle Scout

Campaign Platform:
1. Affordable housing
2. Education
3. Fairer distribution of resources for schools and neighborhoods
Email: Delrossi4vicemayor@gmail.com
Facebook: @mattdelrossi.33
Twitter: @Mattdelrossi

JIM SHULMAN Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: Metro Councilman, Metro Councilman At-Large
Employment: Executive Director, Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability
Education: B.S., Vanderbilt University, 1982; J.D., Vanderbilt University School of
Law, 1985
Community Affiliations: Former Board President of Safe Haven Family Shelter,
Former Board President of Renewal House, Green Hills Rotary, Nashville Sister
Cities, Leadership Nashville

Campaign Platform:
1. Civil discourse and bringing people together to find solutions
Email: jdshulman@comcast.net 2. A focus on issues: affordable housing, traffic/ transportation, education, social
Website: www.shulmanfornashville.com services
Facebook: @Shulman4ViceMayor
3. Specific action steps (less talk, more action)
Twitter: @Jim4ViceMayor
Instagram: @Shulman4ViceMayor

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SHERI WEINER Incumbent: Yes

Local General & Special Elections


Previous elected offices held: Metro Councilwoman, District 22
Employment: Vice President of Training and Development, Champion One
Group
Education: B.S.Ed. in Communication Disorders, University of Georgia; M.A. in
Audiology, University of Tennessee; Au.D., University of Florida
Community Affiliations: Mayor's Diversity Advisory Committee; Nashville
General Hospital Stakeholder's Committee; Metro Homelessness Commission;
Metro Parks Board; Healthy Nashville Leadership Council

Campaign Platform:
Email: vote@sheriweiner.com 1. Increasing transparency of Metro Council
Website: sheriweiner.com 2. Greater public engagement with a goal of greater inclusiveness
Facebook: @SheriWeinerVM
3. Accountability of Metro government to all of its residents
Twitter: @SheriWeiner
Instagram: @sheriweinervm

Local Candidate Profiles


METRO NASHVILLE SCHOOL BOARD

The school board represents the public's voice in public education, providing oversight for what the
public schools need and what the community wants. An effective school board plays an important
watchdog role in keeping your local school on track and setting policies that affect your child and
your school. Their job is three-fold: (1) Oversee and evaluate the Director of Schools, (2) Review and
approve the school budget, and (3) Develop and update board policies.

DISTRICT 2

EDWARD ARNOLD Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Retired from the State of Tennessee
Education: B.S. in Psychology, Middle Tennessee State University; M.A. in
Sociology, Middle Tennessee State University; Ed.D student in Psychology
Guidance and Counseling, Vanderbilt University / Tennessee State University;
Ed. D student in College of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction,
Tennessee State University
Community Affiliations: Member at St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Community,
1st Degree Knight of Columbus Council No. 8354, PTO member Norman Binkley,
Meigs, and Hume Fogg; Knight of Columbus at St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic
Community
Email: edwardarnold@mindspring.com
Website: edwardarnoldforschoolboard.org
Facebook: @edward.r.arnold.5 Campaign Platform:
Twitter: @edwardrarnold 1. While overcrowding at Haywood Elementary and Tusculum Elementary
schools is being addressed, overcrowding is occurring at McMurray Middle.
The flow of students which began in the elementary schools four years ago in
2014 is now moving onward toward John Overton High School.
2. Recent problems with administering TNReady online tests demands an
accurate testing of students' progress with a fair evaluation of teachers.
Teacher Incentive for Public Schools (TIPS) is a method to more accurately
evaluate teachers and classrooms.
3. The budget is always an issue related to an equal allocation of funding.

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RACHAEL ANNE ELROD Incumbent: No
Local General & Special Elections
Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Former Public School Teacher & Employee Performance
Consultant
Education: B.S. in Education, Austin Peay State University
Community Affiliations: Member of West End United Methodist Church, Crieve
Hall Neighborhood Association, Women in Numbers, Kappa Delta

Campaign Platform:
1. Regardless of background, ability, disability, income, ethnicity, or where they
live, every Nashville student deserves the best education possible.
Email: elrodforschools@gmail.com 2. We must ensure our students are ready to learn and focus on their education,
Website: elrodforschools.com not their test scores. Providing a holistic approach to child health and
Facebook: @elrodforschools development that includes health, safety and emotional nurturing helps
Twitter: @elrodforschools prepare school readiness and sets the tone for learning. Our goal should be
Instagram: @elrodforschools to create healthy and educated students through wrap-around services, so
we have strong communities.
3. We must prioritize giving teachers the salaries, resources and the respect that
they deserve.

JESSE GENTRY Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Attorney
Education: B.S. in Liberal Studies (Elementary Education) from Longwood
University; J.D. from Belmont University College of Law
Community Affiliations: Member of Church of the City (East Nashville
congregation); Treasurer of the Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club; Member of the
Nashville Bar Association; Volunteer with Tennessee Achieves/Tennessee Promise;
Member Overton Cluster PAC

Campaign Platform:
Email: jesse_gentry@outlook.com 1. Supporting Our Schools: I believe to retain and recruit highly qualified
Website: www.gentryforschoolboard.com teachers, we need to offer competitive and fair salaries, provide more support
Facebook: @gentryforschoolboard by funding paraprofessional positions, and offer constructive professional
development to all staff.
2. Focusing on Success for Every Student: I want to focus on empowering every
student. I am committed to supporting all students by working to enhance
our program offerings and ensuring resources are allocated for mental and
emotional health programs. I will provide opportunities for families to be
heard by their representative as well as build relationships with other elected
leaders and community partners.
3. Effectively Measuring Success: By effectively analyzing our testing data with
comparative districts, we can better make curricular choices to ensure our
students are competitive with their peers.

THOMAS “TC” WEBER Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Insurance Sales Agent
Education: Attended Penn State University
Community Affiliations: Overton PAC

Campaign Platform:
1. My number one issue is teacher recruitment and retention. Teachers are the
backbone of the district and must be treated as such.
2. I believe that all kids should attend schools housed in adequate facilities.
That means, lead free, mold free, and fully contained. Portables should be for
Email: thomaswebber1@comcast.net emergency use only.
Website: tcforschoolboard.nationbuilder.com
3. I also believe we need a deeper conversation on restorative justice. It is
Facebook: Thomas TC Weber for MNPS District 2
essential that kids and teachers feel safe at school while we protect the rights
School Board
of all kids and work to lower suspension rates.

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Local General & Special Elections
OTHER CANDIDATES
• Radir Annoor

DISTRICT 4

ANNA SHEPHERD Incumbent: Yes


Previous elected offices held: Current MNPS School Board member District 4
Employment: Payroll Manager at Diocese of Nashville
Education: B.S. in Business Administration
Community Affiliations: Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce, Old
Hickory Chamber of Commerce, St. Stephen Catholic Community, McGavock
Cluster Coalition, Donelson Hermitage Rotary Club

Campaign Platform:
1. Safe learning environments: Now more than ever it is important that we have
safe learning environments for our students. Having safe places has become
Email: Musicmomma@comcast.net first and foremost a priority for me.
Website: reelectannashepherd.com 2. Resource stewardship: As a member of the MNPS Board of Education, we
Facebook: Anna Shepherd - District 4 School need to be good stewards of the finite resources that the school district has.
Board Representative
3. Employee compensation: It is important that we compensate all employees
Twitter: @AnnaJShepherd
well so that they can afford to live in the ever-growing city of Nashville.
Living in the city in which they work has become a real challenge, if not an
impossibility.
4. Parental engagement: I like to encourage parental involvement. Students
perform better when their parents are involved and informed.

DISTRICT 6

FRANCHATA GOODRICH-BUSH Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Owner & Director of Model Kids Learning Academy
Education: B.S. Healthcare Administration & Planning
Community Affiliations: Homeowner Association President for 17 years,
community organizer, Welcome Ministry member at Mt. Zion Baptist Church,
volunteer in community clean ups and beautification projects in the Antioch
community

Campaign Platform:
1. Improve the budgetary process
Email: dbush5@comcast.net 2. Promote a climate that promotes education excellence for students and
Facebook: @franbushschoolboarddistrict6 teachers
3. Improving communication input for teachers and parents

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TYESE HUNTER Incumbent: Yes
Local General & Special Elections
Previous elected offices held: Current MNPS School Board member District 6
Employment: Coordinator of Student Externships, Tennessee State University
Education: M.Ed. in Speech Pathology
Community Affiliations: Mt. Zion Baptist Church Nashville, Moms Demand
Action for Gun Sense in America, Multi-State Standard Setting Committee for the
National Praxis examination in Speech Language Pathology, and MOMS Keepers
(Mentoring Other Moms of Special Kids)

Campaign Platform:
1. Developing policies that ensure equitable access to quality instruction and
programming (i.e. advanced academics and STEAM)
2. Raising expectations for all, including those with exceptional educational
Email: TyeseHunter@gmail.com needs, those speaking English as a second language, and those requiring
Website: TyeseRHunter.com social-emotional supports
Facebook: @hunterforschools 3. Identify funding to spread best practices and implement non-traditional
Twitter: @hunter4schools pathways for college access and career readiness
4. Provide support (i.e. funding and policies) to ensure the Director’s success
in retaining, recruiting, and developing high quality staff and programs to
adequately staff and resource high priority schools, simultaneously becoming
the fastest improving urban school district, with a system-wide push towards
becoming The Best

DR. EARL ROBERT LATTIMORE, III Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Non-traditional Educational Program Consultant, former
Community Achieves Site Manager, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
Education: B.A. in Sociology, Fisk University; M.SP. in Public Service Management,
Cumberland University; Graduate Certification in Nonprofit Management,
Tennessee State University; Ed.D. in Leadership & Professional Practice, Trevecca
Nazarene University
Community Affiliations: Adverse Childhood Experience Workgroup, South
Nashville Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., LEAD
Public Schools board member, Positive And Safe Schools Advancing Greater
Equity (P.A.S.S.A.G.E.)
Email: electearl.district6@gmail.com
elattimo007@gmail.com Campaign Platform:
Facebook: @Earl-Lattimore-440934473013477 1. Afterschool Programming
2. Equity in academic resources & Socio-emotional wrap-around supports
3. Transportation for Students

AARON MCGEE Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Executive Director at the Youth Life Foundation of Tennessee, Inc
(DBA: Youth Life Learning Centers)
Education: Maplewood High School; B.A. in Mass Communication, Tennessee
State University; M.A. in Civic Leadership, Lipscomb University
Community Affiliations: Ridge View Heights HOA Board Member, Volunteer
Leadership Team for Bethel Antioch (Church Plant), Volunteer College Tour
Director for Educate Me Foundation, Inc.

Campaign Platform:
Email: mcgeeforschools@gmail.com 1. Literacy: I will commit to the 6 Pillars outlined in the Blueprint for Early
Website: mcgeeforschools.com Childhood Success which strategically outlines how we can double the
Facebook: McGee For Schools number of third-graders who read on grade level by the year 2025. I will fight
Instagram: @mcgeeforschools for more resources in the classroom.
2. Leadership: Our city is struggling with an epic lack of trust in leadership.
Antioch H.S. has been in turmoil, losing over half their staff last year and
experiencing a massive student walkout. We need proactive, not reactive,
responses to these issues. We need calm, steady leadership that makes
decisions in the best interest of kids. When we disagree, we should do so
respectfully, then work together to find common ground.

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AARON MCGEE 3. Listening: Teachers, parents, and students do not feel heard. I plan on

Local General & Special Elections


creating more trust and transparency by being actively engaged with school
(Continued) leaders, faculty, staff, and families in the district.

DISTRICT 8

ADAM BARESE Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Owner & Managing Partner/Medical Distribution
Education: B.A. (Double Major) in Public Economics and GLEG from The
American University; M.BA., Loyola University
Community Affiliations: Manager of Destination Imagination teams, co-coach
of youth soccer teams, PTO co-treasurer, Active member of the East Nashville
running group, co-manager of the PR Bandits distance running group

Campaign Platform:
1. Improving board oversight on the budget process including a demand for
Email: Adam.Barese@gmail.com tactical planning from school leadership on specific school investment and
Website: AdamForNashville.com improvement
Facebook: AdamForNashville 2. Empowering principals to plan for and identify the needs of their schools,
allowing better understanding of individual school budgetary needs
3. Giving teachers a greater voice (and pay). We need their knowledge, help,
and commitment to make real improvements to MNPS.

GINI PUPO-WALKER Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Senior Director of Education Policy and Programs at Conexión
Américas
Education: B.A. in History & Spanish, Indiana University; M.A. in History, Indiana
University; M.A. in Education Administration, Tennessee State University
Community Affiliations: Board of Nashville Public Library, Board of Directors of
Memorial Foundation, Board of Directors of FUTURO, Advisory Board of Nashville
Public Television

Campaign Platform:
Email: gini@giniforschools.com 1. Setting and achieving ambitious goals for school and students
Website: giniforschools.com/issues 2. Teacher Recruitment, Retention, and Support
Facebook: @GiniForSchools
3. Family and Community Engagement
Twitter: @ginipupo

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Local General & Special Elections
Local Candidate Profiles
CITY OF OAK HILL COMMISSIONER

Incorporated in 1952 before the formation of Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson
County, Oak Hill exists as a satellite City within the Metropolitan family. The City of Oak Hill is
completely residential with no commercial establishments; therefore the City's primary responsibility
is community planning, land use, and zoning. The Commissioner's role is to preserve its natural
resources and residential environment; to offer an enhanced level of services to its citizens; and to
provide a strong sense of community pride with historical awareness all within close proximity to a
world-class metropolitan area. Commissioners select the mayor, vice mayor, a planning commission
and board of zoning appeals appointed by the mayor. Commissioners serve four-year terms.

HEIDI CAMPBELL Incumbent: Yes


Previous elected offices held: St. Paul District Planning Council
Employment: Self-employed
Education: M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University; B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College
Community Affiliations: Greater Nashville Regional Council, Metro Solid Waste
Board, Regional Mayor's Caucus, Metro Transit Alliance, Franklin Pike Multi-modal
Task Force

Campaign Platform:
1. Residential-only
2. Fiscal responsibility
Email: heidi.campbell@oakhilltn.us
3. Transparency
Website: heidi4oakhill.com

CAL COBB Incumbent: No


Previous elected offices held: None
Employment: Retired
Education: B.S. in Finance from University of Memphis
Community Affiliations: Christ United Methodist Church, Alpha Epsilon Pi

Campaign Platform:
1. Maintaining the character and quality of life in Oak Hill through prudent land
use ordinances including the exclusion of all commercial development
2. Finding creative ways to mitigate the loss of Hall Tax revenues
3. Open, transparent, regular communications with the citizens of Oak Hill so
Email: cobbrc127@yahoo.com
that they are informed on issues of importance in the community.
Website:@cobbforcommissioner.com

OTHER CANDIDATES
• Dale Grimes • Kemp Maxwell

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Local General & Special Elections
Local Candidate Profiles
UNOPPOSED LOCAL CANDIDATES

Richard Rooker Brenda Wynn Martesha Johnson


Circuit Court Clerk Davidson County Clerk Public Defender

Charlie Cardwell Daron Hall Karen Johnson


Trustee Sheriff Register of Deeds

Lonnell Matthews, Jr. Howard Gentry Anne Martin


Juvenile Court Clerk Criminal Court Clerk Chancery Court Judge,
Part 2

Angelita Blackshear Dalton Ana Escobar Sam Coleman


Criminal Court Judge, General Sessions Judge: General Sessions Judge:
Division 2 Division 3 Division 10

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EARLY VOTING TIMES
AND LOCATIONS
Early voting is a great way to beat the long lines on Election Day. You can vote at any one of the 11 locations, and
it gives you more control over fitting voting into your busy schedule. Here are the early voting times and locations.

Early Voting Period: July 13-28, 2018

HOWARD OFFICE BUILDING ONLY


Friday, July 13 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 14
Monday, July 16
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
DID YOU KNOW?
Tuesday, July 17 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tennessee law requires
Wednesday, July 18 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. employers to provide you with
ALL EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS OPEN up to 3 hours of paid time off to
Thursday, July 19 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 20 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
vote if your shift starts within
Saturday, July 21 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 3 hours of the polls opening or
Monday, July 23 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ends within 3 hours of closing.
Tuesday, July 24
Wednesday, July 25
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
You must request leave by 12 pm
Thursday, July 26 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. noon on the day prior to the vote
Friday, July 27 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. or election.
Saturday, July 28 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Belle Meade City Hall Green Hills Library


4705 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205 3701 Benham Ave, Nashville, TN 37215
Bellevue Library Hermitage Library
720 Baugh Road, Nashville, TN 37221 3700 James Kay Lane, Hermitage, TN 37076
Bordeaux Library Madison Station Fifty Forward
4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville, TN 37218 301 Madison Street, Madison, TN 37115
Casa Azafrán Community Center Howard Office Building
2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211 700 2nd Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37210
Edmondson Pike Library Southeast Library
5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville, TN 37211 5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch, TN 37013
Goodlettsville Community Center
200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville, TN 37072

ELECTION DAY POLLING LOCATIONS


You must vote at your assigned Election Day polling locations, which can be found on your voter registration
card or at this link: http://maps.nashville.gov/pollingplacefinder/

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GETTING YOUR VOTING RIGHTS RESTORED
Getting your voting rights back may be easier than you think! If you have been convicted of a felony and you finished your
court ordered obligations, there's still hope when it comes to being an engaged citizen and voter. The state of Tennessee
has the right to deny any person convicted of “infamous crimes” from voting. A Certificate of Restoration of Voting
Rights Form may be used to restore an individual's voting rights after being convicted of a felony.

You may be eligible to get your voting


rights restored if:
• You received a pardon
• You completed the maximum sentence imposed for
the crime PLEASE NOTE:
• You were granted final release from incarceration or
supervision by the board of paroles, the department
If there are multiple felonies, the
of correction, or county correction authority form must be filled out for each
felony with a different docket/
• You paid back any court order restitution
• You paid off all child support obligations
• You paid all court ordered court costs case number.
Conditions under which you cannot have your voting rights restored:
• You were convicted between July 1, 1986 and June 30, 1996 of first degree murder, aggravated rape, treason or
voter fraud
• You were convicted between July 1, 1996 and June 30, 2006 of murder, rape, treason or voter fraud
• You were convicted on or after July 1, 2006 of any of the above, or any degree murder or rape or any offense under
TCA Title 39, Chapter 16, parts 1, 4 or 5 designated as a felony or any violation containing the same elements and
designated as a felony in any other state or federal court; or any sexual offense under TCA S 40-39-202 or any
violent sexual offense under TCA S 40-39-202 designated as a felony or any violation containing the same elements
and designated as a felony in any other state or federal court and where the victim of such offense was a minor.

If you meet the requirements in above, you have two (2) options for restoring your
voting rights:
1. Court Order
a) Obtain a certified court order restoring your rights in either the county in which you currently reside or the couty
in which you were convicted.
b) Bring the certified copy of that original order to the office of the county election commission in the county in
which you reside.
2. Certificate of Restoration (recommended)
a) Access the Certificate of Restoration of Voting Rights on the Tennessee Secretary of State's Website:
https://sos.tn.gov/products/elections/if-i-have-felony-conviction-can-i-vote. Have the Certificate of Resto
ration of Voting Rights completed by:
i. The pardoning authority or an agent or officer of the supervising or incarcerating authority; and/or

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ii. An agent of the circuit/criminal court clerk

Your parole officer should be able to complete this for you upon your completion of
your parole responsibilities. If not, we recommend you call to set up an appointment
with the following agent for Davidson County:

Charlotte Mann
State of Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole
212 Pavilion Blvd., Nashville, TN 37217 (off Plus Park Blvd & Murfreesboro Pike)
Main Line: 615-262-6161
Direct Line: 615-253-2859

b) Bring the completed Certificate of Restoration of Voting Rights to the office of the county election
commission in the county in which you reside.

Once you have completed either #1 or #2 above, the county administrator of elections shall send a copy of the Certifi-
cate to the Coordinator of Elections for verification. Upon verification that you do not have any outstanding child support
obligations due, you may be registered to vote

VOTING AS A COLLEGE STUDENT


Voting as a college student can be tricky. Here's some information on what to do.

REGISTERING TO VOTE
College students should register to vote in the county/state of your permanent residence address (the address you
consider to be your permanent home while enrolled). Students do not lose their residence solely by attending college away
from home. If your permanent address is out-of-state, you may use your campus address to register to vote in Tennessee.
Once you decide to register, you now become a resident of Tennessee. You are allowed to use your campus address on
the voter registration form. No photo identification is required to register to vote as an out-of-state student.

If you have taken actions to make your school address your permanent residence address (moving your car registration,
driver license, etc.), then you should register in the applicable county/state using your school address.

OUT-OF-STATE STUDENTS
If your permanent residence address is out-of-state, you should go to an ROTC office or military recruitment office. If
you need to register in person (in order to obtain an absentee ballot), but will not return to your home state before the
registration deadline, go to an ROTC office on a college campus or military recruitment office to submit an in-person
registration. The ROTC/Recruitment Office will mail your voter registration application to your local county election office
marked as 'in-person.'

You must be cautious of any college scholarships you receive that requires you to be a resident of your home state. You
could lose those scholarships! For this reason, the Election Commission encourages students to register in their home state
whenever possible, but it is your choice.

GOING TO THE POLLS


You cannot go vote at your polling place with an out-of-state driver's license. You must bring a federally-issued government
ID, such as a passport or military ID. A college ID is not an acceptable form of identification to vote in Tennessee. If you are a

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registered voter and do not have a government-issued photo ID, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security will pro-
vide you with a photo ID at no charge. Visit the Department of Safety and Homeland Security's website to learn more:
https://www.tn.gov/safety/driver-services/photoids.html

VOTING ABSENTEE
If a student or their spouse is outside of the county during the time of the election, they have the option of completing an
absentee vote. If you registered to vote by mail, you must vote in person the first time you vote. If this is not your first time
voting, you may request an absentee ballot and vote by mail. You can find the Absentee Ballot Request Form online at
http://www.nashville.gov/Election-Commission/Voters.aspx. You must request an absentee ballot by July 26, 2018 to
vote in the August 2 Primary/General Election.

POLL WATCH: IF YOU ARE BEING TURNED AWAY


Being turned away at the polls CAN and DOES happen. If you are turned away, stay calm, and contact the
following IMMEDIATELY before leaving the polling location:

Tennessee Secretary of State


615-741-7956
877-850-959
www.state.tn.us/sos/election

ACLU Tennessee
615-320-7142
www.aclu-tn.org/gethelp.htm

Election Protection
866-OUR-VOTE (687.8683)

US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Voting Section


800-253-3931
voting.section@usdoj.gov

DID YOU KNOW?


In Tennessee, you can be purged
from the voter rolls for not voting if
you do not respond to a notice in the
mail from the Secretary of State’s
office AND fail to vote in two (2)
consecutive November elections.

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ELECTION COMMISSION CONTACT INFO
Questions? Concerns? Address all confusion by contacting the Election Commission. Below
are their office hours, contact information, and locations.

Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday


On Election Day the polls are open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Email: vote.questions@nashville.gov
Website: www.nashville.gov/vote

Phone: 615-862-8800 - General Information

Main Office
1417 Murfreesboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37217
All candidate and voter services are available at the Main Office.

Satellite Office
Metro Office Building
4th Floor
800 2nd Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37210
Only voter registration and voter record changes are available at the Satellite Office.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 650
Nashville, TN 37202-0650

ABOUT THE EQUITY ALLIANCE


Established in 2017, The Equity Alliance proactively advocates for communities of color to have a
fair and just opportunity at realizing the American dream. We are a Nashville-based, nonpartisan,
501(c)3 non-profit organization that seeks to equip citizens with tools and strategies to engage in
the civic process and empower them to take action on issues affecting their daily lives. The Equity
Alliance was founded to get more people of color to use their voting power as a weapon in the
fight for social justice. Our work is achieved in four areas: Voter Registration, Voter Education, Voter
Restoration, and Voting Rights.

Board of Directors Contact Us


Charlane Oliver – President P.O. Box 331812
Nashville, TN 37203
Tequila Johnson – Vice President
(615) 420-7545
Dustin Jones – Treasurer info@theequityalliance.org
Kyonzte Hughes – Toombs, Esq. – Secretary and General Counsel www.theequityalliance.org
Isaac Addae
theequityalliance
Christiane Buggs @theequityalliance
Mariah Cole, J.D. @EquityAlliance1

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