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Tuesday’s election was a victory for our country and middle class Tennesseans. Not only did the American people re-elect Barack Obama as President, but Tennesseans also sent some real fighters to the state legislature.
We look forward to seeing the Democratic Party grow around new leaders like Jason Powell, Gloria Johnson, Darren Jernigan and Bo Mitchell. All of these candidates overcame a special interest spending spree to score big victories for working families, as well as Harold Love Jr., who we are happy to see as the new representative for House District 58. We know they’ll fight to protect the middle class, stand up for fairness and invest in our future when they get to the legislature.
Looking at the wins in the state legislature, it’s clear we have made progress. We successfully protected every House Democrat, and we took a seat from Republicans. Our candidates won three more tough races against establishment candidates who had the full financial support of the Governor, the House Speaker and the big money special interests.
Gloria Johnson - District 13 | Gloria Johnson is a Knox County School teacher with 24 years of experience in educating special needs children. While a teacher at Central High School in Fountain City, Gloria became politically active and trained in South Carolina on school holidays with some of the Obama campaign’s best field organizers and returned to Knoxville to organize 700 active volunteers to work in Knox County and to travel to bordering states. Gloria is fighting to stand tall for Tennessee jobs, Tennessee schools, and for the middle class.
Bo Mitchell - District 50 | Bo Mitchell has served the citizens of Bellevue since his election to the Metro Council, District 35, in 2007, helping to protect our neighborhoods; expand green space, parks, and greenways in our community; assist neighbors devastated by the 2010 flood and seek additional assistance for those still in need; and balance the Metro budget without raising property taxes. Bo and his wife Chastity have two sons, Parker and Brady, who attend public schools in the district. Bo will fight to bring jobs to the area, protect our public schools, and work hard to make sure that residents in his district get the services they need.
Harold Love Jr. - District 58 | Harold Love Jr. is a man who has fought tirelessly his entire life for the people of Nashville. Pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Harold has worked to rebuild his community from the devastation of the flood, and will continue to work on behalf of working families and college students in the district. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Tennessee State University Foundation, Advisory Board Member for the Meharry Medical College Elam Mental Health Center, The 18th Avenue Family Enrichment Center, V.P. Of ScoutReach for Middle TN Boy Scout Council, the State of Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth and 2nd Vice-President of the Nashville Branch of the NAACP.
Darren Jernigan - District 60 | Darren grew up all over District 60 and has been a resident over 35 years, attending DuPont High School and Hunters Lane High School. During his sophomore year at Austin Peay, Darren was injured in an automobile accident while riding in the backseat leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. He fought through his rehabilitation for two years before returning back to school. In 2007 he was elected to the Metro Nashville City Council representing the Hermitage and Old Hickory area in District 11 where he still serves today. Darren is married to Michelle Morse Jernigan with four children who are proud students within the Nashville public school system.
Jason Powell - District 53 | Jason is married to Heather Powell, a nonprofit development director in Nashville, and is the proud father of their infant daughter, Sophie Marcella. As State Representative, Jason will lead with a vision of creating opportunity for our communities, Nashville, and Tennessee. Jason is committed to ensuring our children have safe communities to learn and grow in, that our hard working families are empowered to prosper and thrive, and that our seniors have the promise of security and dignity in their retirement.
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