Jane Hampton Bowen Addresses Democratic Caucus In Nashville

Candidate For Tennessee Party Chair Outlines Goals And Qualifications

Thursday, December 27, 2012
Jane Bowen
Jane Bowen
- photo by David Andrews

Speaking at Nashville’s Legislative Plaza before the Democratic Caucus on Dec. 20, Jane Hampton Bowen, candidate for chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party, outlined her goals and positions. Ms. Bowen also emphasized that electing a woman as chair would send a strong message of inclusion to one of the state’s strongest—and growing—voting blocs. Many elected officials and those candidates vying for chair of the Democratic Party emphasize the importance of having women in leadership roles. Ms. Bowen asked those attending the caucus meeting, “Why not now?”

“Traveling the state has brought to life the most important issue we as Democrats are facing…our image—and more specifically, our self-image,” Ms. Bowen told the caucus. “In recent years the Democratic Party has had its share of adversity and uncertainty. But we have to ask ourselves how we got to this place of being afraid or ashamed of our identity. Why do we let others define who we are?”

Ms. Bowen continued, “We are the Party whose motto should be ‘we are all in this together.’ When you don’t invest statewide and you aren’t willing to change from the Nashville-as-usual politics; when you think and talk more about money than people, it inevitably cuts people off and the end result is lack of identity and growth, stagnation, and a Red state as opposed to a Blue state.”

Ms. Bowen said, “It is the state party’s responsibility to encourage the young, seniors, women, African-Americans, Latinos, LGBT and Labor statewide to be actively involved and represented.” Bowen firmly believes that these groups can raise money when inspired to do so.  “There is no question urban demographics favor us; however, to win statewide, build a strong party, and become a state that matters, we cannot write off the outlying counties. It will require both high profile candidates with strong issue marketing and a statewide county ground game that begins with taking back and securing local seats,” she said. 

As noted by Larry Crim, Democrats United for Tennessee, “Ms. Bowen stayed on message when pressed by repeated questions from Nashville Rep. Elect Jason Powell about what she would do to see that the TNDP recruited or selected candidates for governor and U.S. Senate in 2014 by responding that ‘the proper role of the TNDP" is not to select candidates, itself, but to foster an environment of inclusion and participation at the local level and across the state so that candidates arise and are motivated to run on their own.”

Mr. Crim went on further to blog that “there needs to be a change toward a down-to-earth leadership style which genuinely seeks inclusion, involvement, and input at every stage of the nomination and election process…We need leadership which reconnects the TNDP with its county officials, county parties, candidates for public office, and public elected persons and importantly with all the people of Tennessee.”

Full comments published by Larry Crim are available at http://m.facebook.com/DemsUnitedTN.


Picnic In The Passageways Happening In Downtown Chattanooga Alleyways This May

Friday afternoons in May will look a little different in select Downtown Chattanooga alleyways this year. Held in two of the Passageways alleys on the 700 block of Cherry Street, Picnic in the Passageways will be every Friday in May from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with food trucks, local music, and art projects. The schedule for each Friday is: ... (click for more)

Tennessee Highway Patrol Accepting Applications For August Trooper Cadet Class

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is accepting applications for an August 2017 trooper cadet class.  If you are looking for a career that affords you opportunities to achieve your goals, then the THP is where you belong.  It is a multi-faceted, full-service, statewide law enforcement agency that has numerous divisions that are guaranteed to interest the participant. ... (click for more)

Judge Walter Williams May Go Back On The Bench As Administrative Hearing Officer

One of the city's most colorful judges may go back on the bench. The City Council on Tuesday is set to vote on the nomination of former City Court Judge Walter Williams as administrative hearing officer - a new city position. The law license of the former judge was transferred to disability inactive status in August of 2015 after he suffered a stroke early in the year.  ... (click for more)

Body Believed To Be That Of McCallie Student Jackson Standefer Recovered In Colorado River

A body believed to be that of a McCallie School student who was swept away in a creek in the Grand Canyon was recovered on Friday. The Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center said it was notified by a commercial river trip that they located a body on the Colorado River at River Mile 152. Park rangers responded and recovered the body, which was transported to the rim ... (click for more)

White Coat Syndrome And The Medical System - And Response (2)

Today I wish to share what I am feeling as a patient in our medical system. I am too old to put on airs at this point, and this is too pervasive of a problem for me to contain.   As I enter my AARP years, I am faced with so many medical encounters that evoke all kinds of uncomfortable feelings. I dread physician’s appointments riddled with government regulatory hypocrisy, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Readers Are Right

It is hardly a secret that since I have become intensely interested in public education in Chattanooga, I have tried to read, research and understand how our efforts have fallen horribly short in the last 15 years. We agree we have a crisis on many fronts and I hope it is equally obvious I am desperate for solutions. Much like school board member Karista Jones, I worry that we are ... (click for more)