NASHVILLE, TENN. (August 4, 2016) – Chair Mary Mancini made a statement on the state’s Primary Election Night.

“Throughout the primary election, Democratic candidates from all across the state have proven that they are ready to lead and are working for ordinary Tennesseans. Their focus on government ethics and oversight, access to quality and affordable healthcare, equal pay for equal work, quality public education for all, equal access to the ballot box, and real criminal justice reform, are just some of the serious issues Tennesseans really care about.

At the same time, Tennessee Republicans have proven that even with a supermajority in both the state house and state senate, they are very bad at their jobs. Just this year, we learned that House Speaker Harwell (R-Nashville), Caucus Leader McCormick (R-Chattanooga) and Caucus Chair Casada (R-Franklin) not only refused to take a stand against a Republican lawmaker who sexually harassed women but also swept the allegations of harassment under the rug for months. We also learned that Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) reportedly misused state campaign funds for his federal election, Senator Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville) allegedly spent money meant for constituent services on his campaign for re-election, Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) was fined by the EPA for illegally dumping hog waste in his neighbor’s backyards, Rep. Curry Todd (R-Collierville) was arrested for stealing his opponent’s yard signs, and Rep Martin Daniel (R-Knoxville) was booked on assault charges for shoving another candidate during an interview.

5 years of a Republican majority is enough and in November, Tennesseans will have a clear choice between Democrats who will govern effectively and Republicans who play political games”