Who’s on the Ballot?

July 21st, 2014 by pcdpvol



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.



Judicial Candidates


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 *

Mike Walsh



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

Contact Us!

April 8th, 2014 by pcdpvol

We would love to hear from you!

Phone – 931-520-DEMS (3367)

Email – putnamcountydems@gmail.com

Office Address – 111 North Cedar Avenue, Cookeville TN 38501

Monthly meetings are the third Tuesday of every month at 6 pm at our office.  Please join us!

Democratic Chair on Education Summit: Real Issue is Republican War on Public Schools

September 18th, 2014 by TNDP

SEPTEMBER 18th, 2014
CONTACT: Rick Herron, rick@tndp.org615-327-9779


NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron released the following statement today on the governor’s education summit in Nashville:

“Today’s education summit and its focus on Common Core is [...]

Democratic Chair on New Attorney General

September 16th, 2014 by TNDP

SEPTEMBER 16th, 2014
CONTACT: Rick Herron, rick@tndp.org, 615-327-9779


Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron released the following statement regarding the appointment of Herb Slattery as Attorney General for the State of Tennessee:

“Tennessee has had outstanding Attorneys General and we hope that [...]

Democratic Chair Calls on Senators to Vote to Overturn Citizens United

September 8th, 2014 by TNDP

SEPTEMBER 8th, 2014
CONTACT: Rick Herron, rick@tndp.org, 615-327-9779

Democratic Chair Calls on Senators to Vote to Overturn Citizens United

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron released the following statement calling on U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker to vote to stop the poisoning of our democracy by special [...]

A Closer Look: Tea Party Failures Provide Democratic Opportunities

August 8th, 2014 by TNDP

AUGUST 8th, 2014
CONTACT: Rick Herron, rick@tndp.org, 615-327-9779


Radical Republicans’ losses throughout Tennessee have opened doors for Democrats in November.

The Tennessee GOP has long held truth and reality in contempt, and Ron Ramsey’s reckless ploy to undermine the independence [...]

Democratic Chair on “National Democratic Party of the U.S.A.”

August 4th, 2014 by TNDP

AUGUST 4th, 2014
CONTACT: Rick Herron, rick@tndp.org, 615-327-9779


NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron released the following statement today in response to Shelby County individuals seeking to mislead voters through an organization calling itself “The National [...]


July 11th, 2014 by TNDP

Today, Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron released the following statement in response to the passing of Tennessee journalist and civil rights advocate John Siegenthaler, Sr.:

“John Siegenthaler was a true American hero. He was a man of devout faith and deep patriotism who used his unceasing compassion and incredible courage to fight [...]

August 7 is Election Day! Here’s a list of Democratic candidates!

June 23rd, 2014 by pcdpvol

Important Dates:    July 8 – Last Day to Register.    July 18 – August 2 – Early Voting.    August 7 – Election Day

List of County Offices and Democratic Candidates

County Executive – Kim Blaylock

County Clerk – Keith Marie Farley

Trustee – Freddie Nelson

Register of Deeds – Harold Burris

Road Supervisor – Randy Jones

District Attorney – Tony Craighead

Public Defender – David Brady

Chancellor – Ron Thurman

Circuit Court Clerk – Marcia Borys

Circuit Court Judge, Part I – Amy Hollars

Circuit Court Judge, Part II – Randall York

Criminal Court Judge, Part I – William Fred Roberson, Jr.

General Sessions Judge, Part I – Nolan Goolsby

General Sessions Judge, Part II – John Hudson

County Commission, District 1 – David “Crock” Randolph

County Commission, District 4 – Greg “Red” Ray

County Commission, District 5 – Anna Ruth Burroughs and Johnnie Wheeler

County Commission, District 6 – Reggie Shanks

County Commission, District 7 – Mike Medley, Joe A. Trobaugh

County Commission, District 8 – Danny Holmes

County Commission, District 10 – Kevin Maynard, Carol Vinson

County Commission, District 11 – Marsha Bowman


June 23rd, 2014 by pcdpvol

The Putnam County Democratic Party is hosting its fourth annual Kennedy Dinner on Saturday, July 12 at 6 pm.  The event has been scheduled earlier than usual this year to give all our Democratic candidates a chance to meet with their constituents prior to the August election.   We are happy to host Tennessee Representative Gloria Johnson (D – Knoxville) as our featured keynote speaker.  The evening will include a silent auction of Democratic and Kennedy memorabilia, a video address, and brief remarks from our local Democratic candidates.

The dinner will be at Nick’s Restaurant at 6:00 pm.  The menu will include a choice of prime rib, Cajun salmon caesar salad, or pasta alfredo with broccoli.  A selection of homemade desserts and one nonalcoholic beverage is included.   Tickets are $35 each or $60 for two.

To purchase tickets online, go to https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/kennedy14pcdp.  You may also pay by mail by sending a check to PCDP, Box 1112, Cookeville TN 38503.

We hope you’ll join us!



Jackson Day 2014 Chairman’s Welcome: “Politics is a Beautiful Word to Me!”

June 1st, 2014 by TNDP

We received an amazingly enthusiastic response from Jackson Day 2014 attendees and other supporters who read TNDP Chairman Roy Herron’s Chairman’s Welcome to the event.

Friends, colleagues, and supporters from across the state called and e-mailed to say just how much the chairman’s words (and Senator Anna Belle Clement O’Brien’s wisdom) resonated with them. [...]