Democratic County Parties from across Tennessee gathered in Murfreesboro Saturday for a statewide conference called “Resist, Persist and Win,” aimed at training best practices on grassroots organizing and supporting local campaigns. Over 250 local activists discussed effective strategies on how to win more Tennessee elections for Democrats in the future.

The event included speeches from keynote speaker and state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, as well as words from former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, candidate for Governor, and James Mackler. An Iraq War veteran and Nashville attorney, Mackler made headlines last month after announcing his plans to run against U.S. Senator Bob Corker as a Democratic candidate in the 2018 senatorial election.

Discussion topics included focused analysis on building grassroots campaigns across the state’s 95 counties, incorporating and utilizing critical data into election campaigns as well as examining the what it takes to be a successful candidate.

The Davidson County Democratic Party provided training through their “Good Trouble” workshop, which offers participants guidance on how to effectively engage with legislators and advocate for progressive issues. Senator Jeff Yarbro took questions on what citizens can do to impact current legislative priorities. Congressman Jim Cooper gave an update on what is happening in Washington and told everyone how important the work they are doing in each county is for the whole country.

Democrats also took time out to make phone calls and write postcards for Julie Byrd Ashworth who is running for state representative in the special election for District 95.

The next big The Tennessee Democratic Party event is the Three Star Jackson Day Dinner Friday, May 19 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds featuring US Senator Amy Klobuchar. Get your tickets today!