WJLE: DeKalb Democrats enjoy fellowship with an eye on the 2020 elections

DeKalb County Democrats gathered for fellowship and a potluck meal Monday evening at the DCHS cafeteria with an eye on the 2020 elections.

Tennessee House of Representatives Democratic Leader Karen Camper of Memphis and US Senate candidate James Mackler addressed the party faithful.

Camper, who has served in the Tennessee General Assembly for 11 years, was elected on December 17, 2018 to be the Leader of the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus, the first African-American leader of a party caucus in the Tennessee General Assembly’s history.

U.S. Senate candidate James Mackler, a Nashville attorney and Iraq War veteran, was the first Tennessee Democrat to announce plans to run in 2018 for the state’s U.S. Senate seat held by then Republican Senator Bob Corker but he later dropped out when former Governor Phil Bredesen got in the race. Bredesen won the nomination but lost to Republican Marsha Blackburn.

Mackler is now in the race to succeed US Senator Lamar Alexander who is not running for re-election in 2020. Former Governor Bredesen has now endorsed Mackler for this office.

The Nashville Democrat, speaking with WJLE, said there are plenty of issues to run on in this campaign.

“Unfortunately our neighbors all across the state are really hurting. Tennessee has become the epicenter of the worst effects of the Trump administration’s policies. We have a trade war that is hurting our economy more than any other state. We have an opioid epidemic that is going unchecked and ravaging our communities and we have had more rural hospitals close than just about any other state in the nation. Those were all issues in 2018 and now voters can see it. The people they elected to tackle those difficult problems either can’t or won’t fix them. We need to have people in Washington who believe in servant leadership which is what my campaign is all about. As I have traveled the state I have found that Tennesseans really respond to my track record of service and sacrifice as an outsider, a veteran, and a man of faith. I joined the Army after 9/11 because I felt called to serve. I felt like our country was in a time of crisis. I feel the same way now and I am stepping up to serve again,” said Mackler.

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