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.


The Salvation Army Of Cleveland Hosts Its Fifth Annual Jingle Bell Jog

The Cleveland Salvation Army's Jingle Bell Jog is a 5K run and 1 mile walk to raise money to support Salvation Army Youth Programs. Runners and walkers are welcome to participate to support The Salvation Army of Cleveland.  The event will take place on Saturday at Tinsley Park on the Greenway , 4031 Keith St. NW, in Cleveland.  Registration begins at 9 a.m., ... (click for more)

Special Event Street Closures Nov. 23-24

Reggie White Blvd. between West 19th St. and the entrance to the Skate Park will be closed from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday for the Chattanooga Market. ML King Blvd. between Market St. and Georgia Ave. and Cherry St. between East 8th St. and ML King Blvd. will be closed from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday for Thanksgiving Pot Luck. In order to view a map of these closures, click ... (click for more)

County Schools Have Plan To Put Security Cameras At Every School

The Hamilton County Schools have a plan to put security cameras in every school, Supt. Rick Smith told the County School Board Thursday night. He said the money would come from the $2,201,000 the schools received last year from the sale of the old Ooltewah Elementary School property. The proposal must get approval from the School Board at the December meeting, then from the ... (click for more)

Lookout Mountain, Ga., Raises Sewer Rates; Joins In Kudzu Fight

The Lookout Mountain, Ga., City Council on Thursday night approved an increase in sewer charges. The council approved ordinance 281 increasing sewer rates to $6 per 100 cubic feet of water from the previous rate of $4.77.  The new increase will be in effect in January 2015.    City Manager Brad Haven said the town will be replacing the flow meter for ... (click for more)

Don't Allow Us To Be Overrun By People Who Do Not Belong Here

Thank you, Senator Corker, for your clear, concise evaluation of the president's attempt to bypass Congress and personally and independently establish national policy that violates our current immigration laws.   Our long-standing failure to enforce our laws to control illegal immigration across our southern border has made this country less safe and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Quick! Arm Our Guards

When I learned last Wednesday that Chattanooga’s leading hospital, in a ridiculous attempt to be more “family friendly,” planned to disarm its security guards. I was aghast but decided to wait for the proper “incident” to illustrate how stupid members of our “free thought society” can sometimes be. It took exactly one week. A bit after midnight on Thursday morning a gunman appeared ... (click for more)