Mayor Berke Speaks At Democratic Unity Dinner March 3

Friday, February 21, 2014

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Democrats United for Tennessee Candidates Convention and Unity Celebration on Monday, March 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Center, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 740 E. MLK Blvd. 

Other speakers are set to include U.S. Senate candidate Larry Crim of Nashville, U.S. House candidate Lenda Sherrell of Monteagle, State Executive Committeewoman Sandy Lusk, State Executive Committee candidates Rev. Kenneth Love, St. Paul’s AME Church and Victor White, Marketing Director of Mid-South Carpenters Regional Council - all of Chattanooga and Bill Owen, East Tennessee Member of the DNC and State Executive Committeeman of Knoxville. Brenda Short, vice president of Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women and Jane Bowen, Chattanooga labor activist, will also address the crowd. Chattanooga Councilwoman Carol Berz, chair of the Council's Budget and Finance Committee, is slated as well to attend and speak. Dr. Charles Kimbrough of the NAACP and Councilman Russell Gilbert of Chattanooga are special guests. Pastor Kevin Adams of Mt. Olivet Church will give welcoming remarks. Nationally acclaimed gospel recording artist, Lady Cynthia Adams will sing the national anthem.

Elected officials and registered candidates affiliating themselves with the Democratic Party, as well as those candidates seeking a “non-partisan” office, are expected to have brief recognition and participate as table sponsors and special guests. Labor, educators, small business, civil rights organizations and others will be involved in attending and sharing their concerns with the candidates and officials.

This event is focused on bringing public servants and citizens together to give people a chance to meet Democratic candidates in Tennessee and hear their unifying message focused on connecting with and representing all citizens of Tennessee. This “Meet and Greet” reception is buffet style.  

Tickets are $60 for individuals, $120 for couples and $35 for college students.  Table sponsors are available.

For event ticket information call Myron Tiemens at 931.639-1323 or Ryan Scofield in Chattanooga at 991-1707, email Jane Bowen of Chattanooga at janehamptonbowen@yahoo.com or go online to http://www.fbl.me/DemsUnitedTNinChattanooga.  As an option guests may send checks for will call ticket reservations on or before Feb. 28, payable to: Democrats United For Tennessee, P.O. Box 149011, Nashville, TN 37214. Tickets may be available on a first come first serve basis at the door for an additional $10.


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