Amanda Yanchury

Tennessee Democrats Step Up to Run in Record Numbers

Democrats will be on the ballot to contest nearly every state legislature seat

April 6, 2018 (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Following yesterday’s filing deadline to secure a spot on the ballot for the 2018 midterm elections, Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini released the following statement:

“We’re proud, motivated, and excited to have the largest class of Tennessee Democrats stepping up to run for office in recent memory,” Mancini said. “Tennesseans want a government that works for them, and with current leadership, that’s just not happening. These Democratic candidates are running to put our values into action. They want to stop more rural hospitals from closing, so parents are able to take their child to the hospital if they break an arm. They want everyone to be able to receive an education that fits their vision for the future; they want everyone to be able to find a good-paying job and retire in dignity and security. Now more than ever, we look forward to electing more Democrats who will work to make our state a place where all Tennesseans have the opportunity to create a better life for themselves and their families.”

Background: A Democrat has filed to be on the ballot in 97 of the 99 state house districts across Tennessee and 15 of 17 senate districts, leaving fewer races uncontested than in any election cycle in recent memory. Watch our joint announcement here.