December 20th, 2013 by cjbrooks

Please check our new website out at:  http://www.knoxvilledemocrats.org

Report back from Truman Day 2013

October 3rd, 2013 by cjbrooks


350 Democrats from around East Tennessee came together to celebrate Truman Day 2013.

KCDP Truman Day events were a rousing success as all enjoyed the speeches, presentations, great crowd, decorations, and videos.  Mayor Madeline Rogero was MC and U. S. Representative Steve Cohen from Memphis the featured speaker.  Representatives Joe Armstrong and Gloria Johnson brought messages and, past TNDP Chair, Chip Forrester made introductions of other dignitaries.

“Steve Cohen described events just as they are happening.  It was like he was seeing it through our eyes or we’re seeing it through his.  He affirmed the seriousness of this effort to halt the budget in hostage.  It’s all about politics and nothing about policy,“  said, Doug Veum, former vice Chairman of the Knox County Democratic Party.

Cameron Brooks, Vice chair of the Party, reported there were 350 in attendance this year, 150 more people than last year’s successful event.

A highlight of the event was the presentation of the 2013 Truman Day Champions Award to Harold and Sylvia Woods for recognition of their decades of service in improving the lives of working people in the state of Tennessee.  They were most appreciative of the acknowledgement and both addressed the group with thanks.

Chair Linda Haney, chair of the party, thanked all in attendance and particularly acknowledged the hard work of the Truman day committee, who organized the event.

Pictures from the event can be found HERE.


Fall Election Information

August 30th, 2013 by cjbrooks

Many think that 2014 is the year Democrats need to focus on as far as elections go.  But in fact 2013 has its own cycle of elections that Democrats need to vote in-  particularly for folks who live in the city of Knoxville, you will have the opportunity to vote for Rick Staples for city council!  Rick is running for City Council District 4 and will likely go on to the general election, where all citizens of Knoxville can vote for him!

Early voting starts on Wednesday, September 4th for the City of Knoxville primary.  A full schedule can be accessed HERE.


Media Release on President Obama’s Visit to Chattanooga

July 26th, 2013 by cjbrooks


CONTACT:  LINDA HANEY, KCDP CHAIR:  865-719-0597;  info@knoxdemocrats.org


Knoxville, Tenn. — President Obama will lay out his vision for a thriving middle class that rewards hard work and gives everyone a fair shot on Tuesday in Chattanooga.   Knox County Democratic Party Chair Linda Haney released the following statement ahead of the President’s speech:

“President Obama has never stopped fighting for middle class families. From saving the auto industry and helping students pay for college to securing tax cuts for 98% of Americans and taking on a broken health care system, the President and Democrats in Congress have worked to improve the lives of hard-working Americans. Although our country is on the right track, there is more work to be done.

“President Obama has laid out a clear vision for what can be done to spur economic growth and build an economy from the middle class out.  Rebuilding a failing infrastructure to help businesses, expanding access to affordable health care, educating our children, and securing a retirement for people who have worked hard their whole lives are not partisan ideas or goals, but the bedrock of our American system.

“It’s time for Republicans in Congress, like Congressman Duncan, to stop refighting old battles and putting a victory in the polls ahead of a victory for Tennesseans. It’s time for Republicans to work with President Obama on giving the middle class a better bargain.”



KCDP Outreach at Pride Fest and Kuumba Festival

June 24th, 2013 by cjbrooks

The Knox County Democratic Party was out in force during the weekend of June 22 and 23rd, outreaching to community members at the Kuumba festival and PrideFest 2013.  Dozens of new volunteers signed up to be a part of the party, as well as registered to vote.  Thanks to all who made this past weekend a success!

4th and 9th District Adopt-a-Road

June 18th, 2013 by cjbrooks

Much thanks and appreciation goes out to the 4th and 9th district Democrats for their road cleaning efforts.

The 4th District had its Adopt – A – Road cleanup of a two mile section of Northshore Dr. on Saturday morning, June 8th, 2013. Cindy Taylor, from the Shopper News, was present to cover the event. During the two and a half hour cleanup we collected 18 bags of trash and other loose scraps (such as old highway signs!) Eric Mcanly took photos to distribute on social media to the “PickinUpTennessee” project sponsored by Scenic Tennessee (#PknUpTn). Several passing motorists voiced their approval of our efforts.

Twice per year the KCDP 9th District “South of the River Democrats” led by Jim Sessions and Debbie Helsley, clean up a well traveled two mile area in South Knoxville.  This Adopt A Road project entitles the group to their own permanent identifying road signs on both ends of the project.  After the morning of work, the group eats lunch together at a near by restaurant.  Several of the KCDP Districts have Adopt A Road projects which provides publicity for Democrats as they show their concern for the community.

Health Care Reform- Topic at First District “Central City” Democrats Meeting

June 11th, 2013 by cjbrooks

The Knox County Democratic Party, District 1, ‘Central City Democrats’, will have as our guest speaker representatives from the Tennessee Health Care campaign at our monthly meeting, which is Monday, June 17th at 6:30 pm at the Burlington Library, located at 4614 Asheville Highway.

The program will provide information about the TennCare expansion as well as information about the Affordable Care Act.  Following the presentation there will be a Q&A session.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Please note that Tennessee Health Care Campaign is NOT a partisan organization.

Location:  The Burlington Library, 4614 Asheville Hwy, 37914

Date:      Monday, June 17….time:  6:30

If you have any questions, or comments, please contact:

District Rep Tony Brown:  e-mail:  dribm2006@yahoo.com

District Rep Evelyn Gill:  e-mail: gille1000@gmail.com

Report Back from District 3/4 Meeting for May

May 29th, 2013 by cjbrooks

L-R- Lorraine Hart, Rosina Guerra, Jerome Thomson, Chris Foell

Over 20 people attended the 3rd/4th district democrats meeting at the West Knox Library on Tuesday, May 28th to hear Cameron Brooks, KCDP Vice Chair speak about the history of United Campus Workers organizing efforts at UT Knoxville and elsewhere in the state. A representative from OFA told us about the upcoming OFA activites, including the May 30th National Day of Action on immigration reform. A lively discussion about union organizing, education, and issues facing the KCDP followed. We also celebrated the efforts of Lorraine Hart as former 4th District Rep and 3rd/4th District Democrats Club organizer. A big thanks to Lorraine!

Report Back from May’s District 2 Meeting

May 21st, 2013 by gloriajohnson

Rick Staples, district 2 KCDP Board of Governors, welcomes everyone to the potluck.

Close to 30 people came to May’s district 2 meeting, which was held at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. June Jones, from Organizing for America, and Linda Haney, KCDP Chairperson, spoke.  A potluck dinner was served;  additionally, a district secretary and sergeant-at-arms were elected.  Voter registration efforts were discussed, and a committee to address this issue was formed, headed by Bernice Curtis and Linda Cartwright.  Rick Staples challenged everyone to bring someone new to the next meeting so work could continue to build the Democratic party in district 2.


December 20th, 2013 by cjbrooks

The Knox County Democratic Party Website has moved.

Please visit us at http://www.knoxvilledemocrats.org

Herron Calls for End to GOP Shutdown Hurting Tennessee Economy

October 7th, 2013 by TNDP

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron today called for Congressional Republicans to stop harming Tennessee businesses and working families by ending the government shutdown.

“A small faction of one party in one House in one branch of the government has shut down the government and taken the American economy hostage,” Herron [...]

Truman Day 2013 a Huge Success!

September 28th, 2013 by cjbrooks

Truman Day 2013

L-R- Representative Joe Armstrong, Mayor Madeline Rogero, Congressman Steve Cohen, Representative Gloria Johnson, KCDP Chair Linda Haney, and former TNDP Chair Chip Forrester

Truman Day 2013 brought over 300 Democrats together to support the KCDP.  Special thanks to our keynote speaker, Congressman Steve Cohen, for leading us in our celebration.  Additionally, we thank Mayor Madeline Rogero, and Representatives Joe Armstrong and Gloria Johnson for their participation!