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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 9, 2021

Former U.S. Senator Bob Corker told an online meeting of the Memphis Rotary Club yesterday that he is about 45 days away from figuring out what his “next cause” will be, the Daily Memphian reports. Corker, who left the Senate after two terms at the end of 2018, said he does not miss the Senate or the divisiveness. Since leaving office, he has focused on several business ventures, including a development equity company and global investment banking firm. “I want to get my business platform in place. I want to get it set up for the future. I’m just maybe 45 days away from that. Then I’m going to figure out what the next cause is,” he told the group.

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Feb 19, 2021

Former Knox County Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones is running to retake his old post, Knox News reports. Jones will be pitted against current Sheriff Tom Spangler in the Republican primary, scheduled for May 3, 2022. Jones filled the position from 2010 until 2018, when he was term-limited.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin & Kate Prince on Jan 19, 2021

The Tennessee Democratic Party on Saturday elected Hendrell Remus as the new party chair, the Nashville Post reports. Remus, vice chair of the Tennessee Young Democrats, is the first Black leader of the organization according to the group. An assistant emergency operations officer at Tennessee State University, Remus has previously run, unsuccessfully, for local and state offices in Memphis. He takes over from Mary Mancini. The House and Senate Democratic caucuses supported Wade Munday for the chairmanship. Munday, a former state Senate candidate, finished second in the voting. A few weeks ago, state Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, dropped out of the race according to Tennessee Lookout. Two other candidates — Kate Craig and Robin Kimbrough Hayes — dropped out on Saturday after the first round.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Nov 11, 2020

Tennessee Republican Party Chair Scott Golden has announced he will seek a third term as the state GOP’s leader, the Nashville Post reports. Golden was first elected to the job in 2016 after working as an aide to former Reps. Stephen Fincher and Marsha Blackburn (now a U.S. senator from the state). Golden said the party will spend much of 2021 preparing for redistricting and the 2022 election. His counterpart at the Tennessee Democratic Party, Mary Mancini, announced over the weekend that she would not seek re-election after an election cycle in which Republicans easily won statewide races for U.S. Senate and president and lost only one seat in the General Assembly.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Nov 9, 2020

Four days after Tennessee Democrats made slight progress in statehouse races, Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Mary Mancini announced she will not seek re-election in 2021. Several individuals have expressed interest in the post, including Washington County Party Chair Kate Craig and Rep. London Lamar, D-Memphis. Mancini’s decision came a day after House Democratic Caucus Chair and Nashville Rep. Mike Stewart said he does not plan to again seek that leadership position. Two Nashville Democrats, Reps. Vincent Dixie and John Ray Clemmons, have announced they will vie for the position, while another, Rep. Bo Mitchell, is expected to consider a run. Tennessee Lookout reviews both of these developments. The Nashville Post also has an update.

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Jan 17, 2020

U.S. Senate Democrats are wading into the open Tennessee Senate race, backing Nashville attorney James Mackler over other announced Democrats, the Nashville Post reports. The endorsement from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee favors Mackler over Marquita Bradshaw, a Memphis environmentalist, and Diana Onyejiaka, a Nashville-based consultant and professor. All three are seeking the Democratic nomination to vie for the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jan 7, 2020

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.

Posted by: Kate Prince on Jan 2, 2020

Former Savannah city manager Garry Welch has announced his bid for the GOP nomination to represent House District 71, TNJ: On the Hill reports. That is the seat currently held by Rep. David Byrd, R-Waynesboro, who recently told colleagues he would not seek reelection amid allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls in the 1980’s. Welch, who retired in 2018 after serving 12 years as city manager, says he is well qualified to represent the district, which covers all of Hardin, Lewis and Wayne counties and part of Lawrence County.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Dec 16, 2019

John Gillespie of Shelby County will run in the Republican primary for the House District 97 seat being vacated by Rep. Jim Coley, the Daily Memphian reports. He will face Brandon Weise. A native of Memphis, Gillespie works as a grant coordinator for Trezevant Episcopal Home and recently received Coley's endorsement. Democrats also likely will have a contested primary with Allan Creasy and Gabby Salinas announcing for the seat.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Dec 9, 2019

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett last week certified the names for the statewide ballot for March 3, otherwise known as Super Tuesday when 14 states conduct presidential primaries. Three Republican and 16 Democratic contenders will be on the ballot in Tennessee. The Daily Memphian has the list of candidates who qualified. Voters participating in the Republican primary will select their preferred presidential candidate as well as delegates to the summer national convention. Democratic primary voters will cast their ballots for presidential contenders only, as convention delegates are chosen by an internal party method.


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