Filing Deadline Thursday: More Women Expected on TN Ballots This Year

Public News Service, February 15, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thursday is the deadline for Tennesseans to file as candidates with a board of election in order to appear on the May primary ballot.

While the exact numbers are not quantified, anecdotal evidence points to a record number of women pursuing leadership positions at the local, state and national level.

Currently women hold 16 percent of elected offices in the Volunteer State, compared with a national rate of 25 percent.

Sarah McCall, expansion director with the group Women for Tennessee’s Future, expects that to change this year, based on the interest her group’s political action committee is seeing.

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Tennessee women can change the course of politics next year

The Tennessean. December 13, 2017.

They came out in the pouring rain last month. They stood in line, and they didn’t leave until they had their say.

Voters in Virginia – especially progressive women, minority voters, and younger people – had a lot on their minds.

Democrats didn’t really have to work that hard to lure voters. When Nazis and unhooded Klansmen showed up in Charlottesville this summer, and the President blamed “many sides,” Virginians didn’t forget in November.

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WTF’s Up with Tennessee Ballots (It’s Not the Acronym You’re Expecting)

Michael Edward Miller. WUTC, November 9, 2016.

Governor Bill Haslam created Insure Tennessee to help 280,000 low-income residents in the state get health insurance. But a small group of Republican lawmakers in the state Senate Health Committee killed the plan before it got off the ground, which inspired the creation of Women for Tennessee’s Future, an organization opposing Republicans by grooming female Democratic candidates to run for office.

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Beth Harwell rewrites history of Jeremy Durham debacle

tennessean-news-graphicBonnie Dow. The Tennessean. September 23, 2016.

Last week’s vote to expel Jeremy Durham from the Tennessee General Assembly was a welcome conclusion to the sordid saga that has occupied the state’s attention since January.

Yet House Speaker Beth Harwell’s self-congratulatory account in The Tennessean of her role in the Durham debacle overlooks key details worth remembering.

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Nashville’s Mayor Wants More Women To Run For Office

FiveThirtyEightCarl Bialik, FiveThirtyEight, July 28, 2016

Tonight, Hillary Clinton will be the first woman to accept the presidential nomination of a major political party. Last night, I spoke to Megan Barry, who last year became mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, about the obstacles that women face and have overcome in electoral politics, which also were explored by our colleague Christine Laskowski in a video this week.

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Mayor Barry Announces Creation of Council on Gender Equity

nashville-1.gov-logoNashville.gov. July 13, 2016. 

Mayor Barry announced the creation of a Council on Gender Equity today through an executive order. The Council will serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and Chief Diversity Officer, and will assess identified gender inequity issues and develop recommended solutions that would assist in ensuring that the Metropolitan Nashville Government is operating in a manner that reflects the needs of all people. Members will provide information, advice, research, program recommendation, and education, on issues of interest.

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