Hamilton County Democratic Chairman Paul Smith announced Monday that long-time party activist Sandy Lusk has been named the HCDP’s associate executive director. In this position, she will work with Executive Director Rev. Kenneth Love, and become responsible for women's issues, including organizing women countywide for the upcoming elections and assisting in fundraising and staff organization.
“At a time when Republicans have declared war on women, we intend to reach out to women of all political affiliations, letting them know that the Democratic Party will continue to fight for them,” Chairman Smith stated. “Sandy is an outstanding and respected member of the community, and she has a long history of activism in family and women’s issues.”
Ms. Lusk, a graduate of Texas A&M University, is a special-needs activist and an elected member of Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee. She is a contributing writer for “I Got the News Today” at the Daily Kos, a series of tributes to members of the U.S. military killed while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. The series began in April 2004 and is one of the longest-running series at the Daily Kos. Ms. Lusk also works both online and offline organizing for Democrats.
She said, “My activism began in Chattanooga in 2003, after President Bush began the Iraq war. A small group of women, known as MOB, or Mothers Opposing Bush, began meeting at a Chattanooga coffeehouse to talk about ways to change our nation for the betterment of all. That has evolved into an active role in local and state Democratic efforts.”
Ms. Lusk resides on Signal Mountain with her husband, Bill, and their son, Kyle, who has non-verbal autism. Bill Lusk is also active in politics and serves as mayor of Signal Mountain.