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Ball Announces Own List of ‘Diverse’ Supporters in U.S. Senate Campaign

Press release from the Gordon Ball for U.S. Senate Campaign; August 25, 2014:

The Gordon Ball for Senate Campaign announced today the first round of “Tennesseans For Ball” endorsement which includes a diverse list of Democrats, Republicans and Independents from across the state.

“We have been talking to elected leaders, the business community and concerned Tennesseans who are standing with us in our challenge to take on career politician Sen. Lamar Alexander,” Gordon Ball said “I want to work with all Tennesseans from diverse and various backgrounds to take back our state from corporate interests. We need to help working Tennesseans. Lamar Alexander, if you look at his voting record, has worked against them.”

The list is split across the state and includes former University of Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl, Congressman Jim Cooper, businessman Mark Hazlewood and former Democratic Senate primary opponent, Terry Adams.

  • Terry Adams, Former U.S. Senate Candidate and Knoxville Attorney
  • Joe Armstrong, State Representative
  • Brady Banks, Metro/Nashville Councilman
  • Megan Barry, Metro/Nashville Councilwoman
  • Murry Bartow, Former East Tennessee State University Head Basketball Coach
  • Rodney Beard, Pastor Living Word Community Church
  • Fabian Bedne, Metro/Nashville Councilman
  • Bill Blankenship, Architect
  • Melvin Bond, Haywood County Sheriff
  • Ed Brantley, Knox County Commissioner
  • Gary Brewer, Attorney
  • Joe Brown, Memphis City Councilman
  • Frank Cagle, Talk Show Host, Metropulse columnist and retired political analyst
  • Angela Callis, Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committeewoman-Elect
  • Karen Camper, State Representative
  • Charles Carpenter, Memphis Attorney
  • Bryan Carson, Shelby County Democratic Party Chair
  • Gale Jones Carson, Tennessee Democratic Party Secretary and Member of the DNC
  • Sidney Chism, Shelby County Commissioner
  • Bob Clement, Former U.S. Congressman
  • Barbara Cooper, State Representative
  • Jim Cooper, U.S. Congressman
  • Larry Crim, CEO of Christian Counseling Centers of America
  • Anthony Davis, Metro/Nashville Councilman
  • Lincoln Davis, Former U.S. Congressman
  • Paige Dennis, Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committeewoman
  • Dick Eskind, Nashville Businessman
  • Joann Favors, State Representative
  • Billy Fields, Former Davidson County Democratic Party Chair
  • Craig Fitzhugh, State Representative and Democratic House Minority Leader
  • Justin Ford, Shelby County Commissioner
  • Chip Forrester, Former Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman
  • Renard Francois, Nashville Businessman
  • Bill Freeman, Nashville Businessman
  • Janis Fullilove, Memphis City Councilwoman
  • Brenda Gilmore, State Representative
  • Wanda Halbert, Memphis City Councilwoman
  • Lee Harris, Memphis City Councilman and Democratic Nominee State Senate District 29
  • Mark Hazlewood, Former President of Pilot Flying J
  • Roy Herron, Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman
  • Walter Hunt, Metro/Nashville Councilman
  • Tom Jesse, Johnson City Attorney
  • Martavius Jones, Former Memphis School Board Member
  • Sherry Jones, State Representative
  • Myron Lowery, Vice Chairman Memphis City Council
  • Bill Lusk, Mayor of Signal Mountain
  • Sandy Lusk, Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committeewoman
  • John R. Marek, Memphis Attorney
  • Beverly Marrero, Former State Senator
  • Lonnell Matthews, Metro/Nashville Councilman
  • Jerry Maynard, Metro/Nashville Councilman
  • Kim McMillan, Mayor of Clarksville
  • Harold Middlebrook, Pastor Canaan Baptist Church
  • Reginald Milton, Shelby County Commissioner-elect
  • Bo Mitchell, State Representative
  • Larry Miller, State Representative
  • Colonel Charles L. and Ellen Moore, U.S. Army Ret.
  • Gary Moore, President of AFL-CIO
  • Sandra Moore, Metro/Nashville Councilwoman
  • Steve Mulroy, Shelby County Commissioner
  • Wade Munday, Tennessee Democratic Party Treasurer
  • Diane Neighbors, Metro/Nashville Vice-Mayor
  • Bill Owen, Former State Senator and Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committeeman
  • Adrienne Pakis-Gillon, Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committeewoman
  • Bruce Pearl, Former University of Tennessee Head Men’s Basketball Coach and Current Auburn Head Men’s Basketball Coach
  • Jason Powell, State Representative
  • Jeannie Richardson, Former State Representative
  • Karl and Gail Schledwitz, Memphis Businessman
  • Michael Scoggins, Business Manager Iron Workers Local 167
  • Jim Sellers, U.S. Air Force Ret. and Department of Veterans Affairs Ret.
  • Paul Shaffer, Business Manager IBEW Local 474
  • Johnny Shaw, State Representative
  • Paul Smith, Former Hamilton County Democratic Party Chair
  • Robert Sproles, Business Manager Steamfitters Local 614 and Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committeeman
  • A.J. Starling, Treasurer of AFL-CIO
  • Steve Steffens, Memphis Democratic Blogger and Activist
  • Mike Stewart, State Representative
  • Jim Strickland, Chairman Memphis City Council
  • Jerry Summers, Attorney
  • Dwayne Thompson, Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committeeman and Democratic Nominee State Representative District 96
  • Joe Towns, State Representative
  • Johnnie Turner, State Representative
  • Van Turner, Former Shelby County Democratic Party Chair and Shelby County Commissioner-elect
  • Joyce Washington, Democratic Nominee State Representative District 76
  • Gay Webb, Dead Pigeon River Council
  • Kenneth Whalum, Pastor New Olivet Baptist Church
  • Ruby Wharton, Memphis Attorney
  • Jason D. Williams, Entertainer of Jason and the Scorchers
  • Norro Wilson, Grammy Award Winner
  • Tim Woodward
  • Jeff Yarbro, Democratic Nominee State Senate District 21
  • Zach Young, Goodlettsville City Commissioner

The Ball campaign is chaired by former U.S. Congressman Lincoln Davis. Serving as co-chairs in the Eastern Division is Rep. Joe T. Armstrong and Democratic Senate Primary opponent Terry Adams. The Middle Division is being represented by co-chairs Bill Freeman and Metro/Nashville Councilman-At-Large Jerry Maynard. TNDP treasurer Gale Jones Carson and Rep. Craig Fitzhugh have committed to representing Ball in the Western Division.

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