Progressive Mary Mancini, the former executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action, will run for the Democratic nomination for state Senate’s District 21 seat.
Nashville Democrat Douglas Henry, the Tennessee Legislature’s longest serving member, is retiring next year.
“It’s been an incredible experience to lead Citizen Action because it is such a well-respected organization whose mission aligns so completely with my personal values and priorities,” Mancini said. “But the work we did made me realize that Tennesseans need a principled progressive voice to represent them at the legislature.”
She added, “I know that I can be that voice because for almost a decade I have been at the Capitol – shining a bright light onto our elected representatives and holding them accountable for their destructive and divisive lawmaking.”
During her time at Citizen Action, Mancini has been an advocate for safe and healthy work conditions, accessible and affordable health care, government accountability and participatory democracy, and equitable living conditions for the poor, elderly, disabled, and those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
Holleman’s plank positions are improving public education, fiscal responsibility, preservation, social justice, health insurance reform and responsible growth.
Yarbro also wants to focus on public education, health insurance reform and social justice issues.
In 2010, Yarbro ran unsuccessfully against Henry.
Henry, who has held the seat for more than 40 years, narrowly won after a Yarbro-requested recount.