EXPERIENCE MAKES LOCAL CANDIDATES STAND OUT
On August 7th, voters in Putnam County will head to the polls for the County General Election and State and National Primary. The Republican wave that swept through Congress and our state legislature is lapping at our front door and if we want to keep the Democratic Party strong in Tennessee, it’s critical that Democrats get out and VOTE in this election.
There’s NO EXCUSE for sitting out this election! We have great Democratic candidates for almost every office and our candidates have much more experience and more proven leadership than their opponents. While Republicans have been playing politics, Democrats have been getting the job done in local government and in courthouses across the state. Democratic candidates at all levels have stepped up to serve us, please support them by turning out to vote.
Re-elect Chancellor Ronald Thurman – more than 30 years trial experience, 8 years experience as Chancellor, has presided over thousands of cases
Re-elect Circuit Court Judge, Part I Amy Hollars - 19 years trial experience, 8 years experience as a judge
Elect Randall “Randy” York for Circuit Court Judge, Part II – 32 years trial experience, 6 years experience as District Attorney
Re-elect General Sessions Judge, Part I Nolan Goolsby – more than 30 years trial experience, 16 years experience as a judge
Re-elect General Sessions Judge, Part II John Hudson – more than 30 years trial experience, years experience on the bench
Elect Will Roberson as Criminal Court Judge – 19 years trial experience, experience as both a prosecuting and defense attorney
Elect Tony Craighead as District Attorney – 22 years trial experience as Assistant District Attorney, years experience as Assistant and Deputy District Attorney, 2 years experience as Interim District Attorney
Re-elect Public Defender David Brady – more than 30 years trial experience, 25 years trial experience as Public Defender
Vote for candidates with the EXPERIENCE to do the job. VOTE DEMOCRATIC on August 7th. And fight back against the Koch brother-funded attack against our state Supreme Court by voting to retain Supreme Court Justices Cornelia Clark, Sharon Lee, and Gary Wade.
County Government Candidates
Re-elect County Executive Kim Blaylock – 10 years experience as state auditor, 6 years experience as a private CPA, former School Board member, 13 years experience as County Executive
Re-elect County Trustee Freddie Nelson – 4 years experience as County Trustee
Elect Keith Marie Farley as County Clerk – 5 years experience in the County Clerk’s office, currently works in the Circuit Court
Elect Jason Scott as Property Assessor – 5 years experience in the Property Assessor’s Office , currently works in the Sheriff’s Department
Re-elect Register of Deeds Harold Burris - 14 years experience in Register of Deeds office
Re-elect Road Supervisor Randy Jones – 4 years experience as Road Supervisor
Re-elect Circuit Court Clerk Marcia Borys – 12 years experience as Circuit Court Clerk
On August 7th, elect candidates with a proven record of getting the job done. VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC TICKET.
County Commission Candidates
David “Crock” Randolph (District 1) Greg “Red” Ray (District 4)
Johnnie Wheeler* (District 5) Anna Ruth Burroughs* (District 5)
Reggie Shanks* (District 6) Mike Medley* (District 7)
Joe A. Trobaugh* (District 7) Danny Holmes (District 8)
Kevin Maynard* (District 10) Carol Vinson (District 10)
Marsha Bowman* (District 11)
* These candidates are currently or have previously served on the County Commission.
This election, we have a full slate of Democratic candidates. If Democrats show up to the polls in the same numbers they showed up in 2012, we can take back seats in the state legislature, the Governor’s mansion, the House, and the Senate. VOTER TURNOUT IS KEY! We can’t afford to be complacent. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Vote for Democratic candidates in the primary who can win in November and support the candidates who have worked on your behalf to promote Democratic values. Please VOTE.
State Government Candidates
Elect Judy Barnett to the Tennessee House of Representatives, District 25 – supports health care for all through the Medicaid expansion, raising the minimum wage, protecting women’s reproductive rights, and equal pay for equal work
Elect Mike Walsh to the Tennessee House of Representatives, District 42 – former legal aid advocate and IRS worker, supports Medicaid expansion, equality for all Americans, a strong system of public education, and increasing the minimum wage
Elect Betty Vaudt to the Tennessee Senate, District 15 – former early childhood educator, supports high quality public schools, including a strong program of early childhood education, Medicaid expansion, and a living wage for all Tennesseans
Candidates for Governor
John McKamey - former educator and coach, former County Commissioner and County Mayor in Sullivan County, passionate about stopping the wars on public education and women that have taken over this state; wants to give teachers more input in public education and wants women to have a greater role in government and policy decisions; supports Medicaid expansion because it’s the moral choice, but also because it makes economic sense for the state, bringing much needed money into our economy and helping keep rural hospitals open and fully staffed; opposes cuts to public parks and efforts to privatize vital government services; wants to grow business and industry in Middle Tennessee and supports raising the minimum wage; decided to run for governor because he didn’t see any other candidates campaigning and he believes the problems that confront our state are too great to sit back and let the current Governor get re-elected
IMPORTANT NOTE: There are three or four other Democratic gubernatorial candidates on the ballot: Ed Borum, Charles “Charlie” Brown, Ron Noonan, and Kennedy Spellman Johnson. Sadly, Ed Borum passed away and there is no available information on the other candidates. John McKamey has been actively campaigning and has been to Cookeville twice to ask for our votes.
Candidates for Democratic Executive Committee Members
Dennis Gregg *
Dr. Geeta McMillan*
Federal Government Candidates
Elect Amos Powers to the United States Congress, 6th District – supports getting big money out of politics, closing tax loopholes, cutting wasteful spending, taking care of our veterans, protecting the social safety net for our seniors, and policies that benefit struggling and middle class families, has been campaigning throughout the district for more than 18 months, is a regular attendee at our local meetings.
Candidates for United States Senate
Terry Adams - Navy veteran, small business owner, attorney, and a new voice in the political arena calling for common sense leadership in Washington; recently endorsed by The Knoxville News Sentinel which said he was the strongest candidate against Lamar Alexander and that he would be a better leader on veterans issues and energy; supports equal pay for women; an increase in the minimum wage; and taking care of our veterans; supports creating an economy that works for the small business owners on Main Street rather than the multi-national corporations and bankers on Wall Street, has campaigned in Cookeville twice and plans to attend our get out the vote rally on August 5th
Gordon Ball – attorney, supports values that align with most Tennesseans, regardless of party affiliation; believes a moderate Democratic voice is needed to defeat Lamar Alexander; he supports a federal balanced budget amendment, term limits, no restriction on gun rights, Keystone pipeline and green energy, taking care of veterans and seniors, keeping the good things in the Affordable Care Act and getting rid of the rest, he has campaigned once in Cookeville
Larry Crim – owns a Christian counseling business, supports taking care of veterans, protecting Social Security, better roads in Tennessee, and equal opportunity to high quality education, has not campaigned in Cookeville
Gary Gene Davis - supports getting rid of partisan gridlock, deficit spending, problems with the Affordable Care Act, and spending on embassies abroad