The Hamilton County Democratic Party Executive Board and Chairman Paul Smith today congratulated Dr. Mary Headrick, Rep. JoAnne Favors, Sandy Smith and Andrae McGary on their victories in contested Democratic primaries.
“We are very proud of all our candidates and grateful to them for their willingness to serve their county, state and country,” said Mr. Smith. “Every contested Democratic race was run with civility and a strong focus on the issues. For that, we would also like to thank Bill Taylor, Rep.
Tommie Brown, L. Brock Bennington, Brian White, Quenston Coleman and David Testerman."
He said county candidates Mitzi Yates, Jelena Butler and Dr. Rick Wilson "brought renewed focus to key issues concerning our community” through their candidacies, and he thanked them.
Noting that Dr. Lawrence Miller and Frank Eaton, running uncontested in their Tennessee General Assembly primaries, will now be in more of a public spotlight, he said, “We fully expect that these two well-qualified candidates will also be shining examples of our efforts to educate the public on issues, not personalities.
“The Hamilton County Democratic Party is united behind our candidates, and we look forward to making our case to the voters for November.”
Dr. Headrick said, “I wish to thank my primary opponent, Bill Taylor, for his intellect, kindness and issue-oriented campaign. Among Bill’s strengths, he introduced to the campaigns the Chickamauga Lock funding needs for 2013 maintenance and construction funding. I look forward to Bill’s help on our campaign.
"I also wish to thank the voters and volunteers who spent time and energy discussing issues and supporting our democracy.
"Mr. Fleischmann and I have different positions on many subjects. I look forward to substantive debates and forums with him. By calling for issue-oriented debates, our District’s voters will be the best informed voters in the U.S.”
She said she plans to return to the campaign trail within the week.