“Record Level of Involvement” for the TNGOP in County and Judicial Races
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The first page of the latest chapter of the voter-led Republican conversion of Tennessee was written today.
At noon, candidates for judicial and county offices were required to file their paperwork to seek office with county election commissions around Tennessee.
“We’re still receiving data from counties around the state but this much is clear: 2014 will feature more Republican candidates for office than ever before in the history of Tennessee,” declared Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.
State Democrats like to claim local offices as their domain but, with so many qualified, common sense conservative candidates looking to represent their communities and serve in courthouses across Tennessee, these Democratic-controlled offices look more like a final toehold of past relevance more than a position of strength.
“In the coming weeks, we are going to highlight our candidates now running at the county and judicial levels through our Red to the Roots program,” stated Devaney. “Tennesseans want the success we’ve seen at the state level—be it our record on economic development, our historic gains in the classroom, or any number of other achievements—brought to the local level. They’re tired of Democrats and liberals who hide behind the Independent label mismanaging taxpayer funds or failing to provide the service Tennesseans expect and deserve. I’m proud to say our Red to the Roots Republican candidates are going to offer a choice in vision and leadership to voters.”
Of the 31 Judicial Districts in Tennessee, 22 are participating in the TNGOP’s Red to Roots program—meaning primaries and caucuses are taking place to choose Republican nominees. Of Tennessee’s 95 counties, 58 are holding either a caucus or a primary to select Republican nominees for office (more caucuses may be added up to the April 3, 2014 deadline). Both numbers highlight a record level of involvement for the Tennessee Republican Party.
- Chairman Devaney gave an interview to the Knoxville News Sentinel following the announcement of Red to the Roots at the annual Statesmen’s Dinner: http://blogs.knoxnews.com/humphrey/2013/07/tn-gops-red-to-the-roots-progr.html
- TNGOP Executive Director Brent Leatherwood went on-air with WUOT’s All Things Considered to explain Red to the Roots: http://wuot.org/post/tennessee-gop-sets-sights-local-offices
- The Associated Press interviewed Chairman Devaney about another state adopting Tennessee’s Red to the Roots model: http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/carolina-republican-takeover/2013/11/23/id/538281