Former Public Defender to Challenge Cooper

Keeda Haynes, a former Nashville public defender who went to law school after a five-year prison sentence, is the latest Democrat to announce a challenge to U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, the Nashville Scene reports. Haynes left the public defender’s office, where she had worked since 2013, in December and is now a legal adviser for Free Hearts, a nonprofit organization that provides support to families affected by incarceration. In addition to Haynes, Cooper is facing local activist Justin Jones in the primary, as well as Meredith Mattlin, a Democratic socialist, and Joshua Rawlings, formerly a Republican. Cooper is seeking re-election to a 16th term in Congress. Learn more about Haynes’ journey in this recent podcast from the TBA.

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