Put the People First — Vote for Change on November 4!
Remember during this election, we need to vote to put the power in the hands of ordinary Americans. Vote for your Democratic candidates and vote against the Constitutional amendments that seek to make the regressive policies of this administration permanent.
Democratic Candidates for State House of Representatives:
Mike Walsh (District 42 – most of Putnam County) – has lived in Tennessee for 43 years; currently retired, formerly employed by Legal Aid and the IRS; recently elected to the TNDP Executive Committee; has a long history of advocating for those in need; running on a platform of equality for all Tennesseans, increasing the minimum wage, expanding health care coverage to all, and supporting a strong system of public education
Judy Barnett (District 25 – parts of Monterey) – retired, former social worker; former foster parent; former tax preparer; running on a platform of full healthcare coverage for all Tennesseans, supporting local hospitals by expanding Medicaid, raising the minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, public funded public schools, more educator control over education, and bringing more state revenue back to local communities. Opposes big money in politics.
Democratic Candidate for State Senate
Betty Vaudt (District 15) – retired educator; military mom; long-term advocate for Tennessee’s working families and a founding member and former Chair of Power of Putnam; strong advocate for public education and early childhood education; national presenter on ethics and bullying prevention; running on a platform of common sense, service-based leadership, supporting Tennessee working families, quality childcare and education for all Tennessee children, raising the minimum wage, and expanding Medicaid to provide health care coverage for those in need, support Tennessee hospitals, protect health care jobs, and improve our state economy.
Democratic Candidate for Governor
Charles “Charlie” Brown - retired, farmer, running on a platform of raising the minimum wage, strengthening and protecting unions, supporting hunters’ rights, protecting public resources, and shining a light on how the current governor’s friends and family have benefited financially from his time in office.
Democratic Candidate for US House of Representatives
Amos Powers (6th District) – 5th generation Tennessean, TTU graduate, advanced degree in Diplomacy with a concentration in International Conflict Management; two years service in AmeriCorps; running on a platform of protecting Medicare and Social Security, keeping our promises to veterans and their families; equal pay for equal work; increasing the minimum wage, tax reform and a tax system in which everyone pays their fair share; job creation through innovation, developing renewable energy sources, balancing the federal budget, bringing health care costs under control, and comprehensive immigration reform.
Democratic Candidate for US Senate
Gordon Ball – former federal prosecutor; criminal defense attorney; class-action lawsuit attorney; running on a platform protecting Medicare and Social Security, equal pay for equal work, protecting veterans’ benefits, increasing the minimum wage, simplifying the tax code, protecting the privacy of ordinary Americans, passing a balanced budget amendment, term limits, supporting public education, and repealing anti-trust protection for insurance companies.
The state Constitution is a permanent document designed to provide a framework for how our state government works. It is unusual to have one Amendment on the ballot and unheard of to have four. Amendments are rare because they’re are difficult to pass and difficult to undo. Three of the four amendments on the ballot on November 4 are designed to increase the power of the state legislature and to make permanent policies that the current legislative majority supports, but that future legislators may find objectionable. So in effect, by putting the amendment on the ballot, the current legislative majority is trying to legislate well into the future.
The Putnam County Democratic Party recommends voting No on all four Constitutional amendments.
Amendment 1 – This amendment would strip privacy rights of women and girls from the state Constitution and give the Tennessee state legislature unlimited authority under the state Constitution to restrict or ban abortion under any and all circumstances. There are NO exceptions in this amendment for pregnancies that might threaten the health or the life of the pregnant woman and NO exception for pregnancies that result from rape or incest. The decision about whether to continue a pregnancy would be taken away from the woman and her family and left entirely in the hands of state legislators.
Amendment 2 – This amendment would essentially give the state legislature the power to approve or not approve Tennessee Supreme Court nominees, giving the state legislature more power over judicial appointments than they have now.
Amendment 3 – This amendment prohibits the state and all local governments from enacting a state payroll or personal income tax, but doesn’t restrict the state or local governments from increasing existing taxes. Concerns about this amendment are that it will force the state and local governments to increase sales tax on food and other necessities and property taxes on homeowners in order to fund state programs. This would increase the tax burden most on those who can least afford it — working families. Other anticipated consequences are cuts in education, first responders, and other important community services and tuition increases at universities throughout the state.
Amendment 4 – This amendment allows veterans organizations to hold lotteries and raffles under the same conditions that nonprofit organizations may currently hold lotteries and raffles.
BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE AMENDMENT PROCESS WORKS, IT’S IMPORTANT THAT YOU VOTE FOR ONE OF THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR AND THEN VOTE AGAINST THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS YOU WISH TO DEFEAT.