Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TNGOP Announces First Featured Candidates for Red to the Roots Program

With One Month Until Early Voting, Republican Party Begins Highlighting Its Rising Stars
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—In many ways, 2014 has already been a banner year for the Tennessee Republican Party.

Chairman Chris Devaney developed a new staff model that put in place Regional Political Directors across the state to build up county parties and advise candidates, the TNGOP hired a statewide Engagement Director to build bridges for the Party in new and non-traditional Republican communities, and the Party has seen more candidates run for office as Republicans than ever before.

Today, with one month to go until early voting begins for the August election, the Party now takes the next step to make 2014 a historic year.

Chairman Devaney named State Representative Ryan Williams (R--Cookeville) as the Chair of Red to the Roots and, together, the two released the names of the first five Republicans to be "featured candidates" in the 2014 election cycle.

These candidates have all met criteria for mobilizing support, engaging voters, and helping to build the Republican Party in their communities. The TNGOP will announce additional featured candidates in the coming weeks.

The names of the candidates are:
Amy Weirich – the current incumbent and Republican nominee for Shelby County District Attorney.
Brent Cooper – the Republican nominee for District Attorney in the 22nd Judicial District (Giles, Lawrence, Maury, Wayne Counties).
Sheena Ramsey Tinsley - the Republican nominee for Register of Deeds in Sullivan County.
John Wang – the Republican nominee for State House in the 53rd District (Davidson).
Carma Dennis McGee – the incumbent and Republican nominee for Chancellor in the 24th Judicial District (Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin, Henry Counties).
Devaney remarked, “Representative Williams has done an outstanding job as a legislator and as a dynamic leader for Putnam County. I'm proud he is leading our statewide effort to elect more Republicans. I believe these featured candidates will follow in his footsteps and I am proud to support such a talented and diverse group of leaders."
Williams added, "2014 presents a tremendous opportunity to build on the momentum the Party has seen under Chairman Devaney's leadership. We've highlighted these first four candidates because they are all committed to making a real difference in their communities--be it for jobs, safety, or equal protection of the law. They have each done a remarkable job listening to the concerns of voters and will do their part to build an opportunity society here in Tennessee where every individual has the chance to make their lives better.”

By being named featured candidates, the Tennessee Republican Party encourages supporters, donors, and activists to get behind these Republican nominees.
Red to the Roots is a program designed to elect more Republicans at the county and judicial level, while bolstering support for GOP legislative candidates.
2014 has already witnessed more Republicans running for office than ever before in Tennessee.
District Attorney General Weirich’s website.
Brent Cooper’s website.
Sheena Ramsey Tinsley's website.
John Wang’s website.
Chancellor McGee’s website.
Link to TNGOP Release.

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