TNDP CHAIR MARY MANCINI ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO TN GOP’S HOUSE DISTRICT 18 CANDIDATE

“Republicans are scrambling to find a candidate who can beat Virginia Couch and all they had to choose from is a political flip-flopper and a far right extremist, both are wrong for the district and neither of them are the candidate House District 18 needs, wants, or deserves.

Virginia has a vision of leadership for the district that is obviously resonating with voters as she had four times the amount of small dollar donors as any Republican during the primary. Virginia is a savvy small business owner who will translate her private sector experience into effective leadership for Knox County. Virginia will push for a statewide minimum wage to level the playing field between small business and multinational corporations. And she’ll work to establish robust vocational programs as alternatives to college Virginia Couch is the candidate House District 18 needs, wants, and deserves.”- Mary Mancini, Tennessee Democratic Party Chair