Jane Hampton Bowen announced Friday that she is leaving the race for chairwoman of the Tennessee Democratic Party.
“The race is now one between two strong Democrats,” she said. “My job now becomes one of support and input toward the reinvigoration of the Democratic Party in Tennessee.
“I have met many inspiring people, and I am looking forward to working with them, and continuing my quest for a more inclusive party, especially for working men and women, a party that stands for the rights and ideals of both urban and rural Tennesseans.”
She said, “I endorse our party, the party of rich, compassionate history and traditions, and the party I envision for the future, the one that is the future. The time begins now for whichever candidate is elected chair.
“Thanks to all who believe in me, endorsed me and worked for me. I am greatly honored by your support. The pleasure of supporting your choice will be mine.”