Chris Devaney of Chattanooga will serve as the campaign chairman for the U.S. Senate campaign of Nashville surgeon Dr. Manny Sethi.
Mr. Devaney is a former chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party. Under his leadership, the Party captured a working majority in the State House and later supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly.
Most recently, Mr. Devaney was campaign manager for Governor Bill Lee and a cabinet member in the Lee Administration.
Mr. Devaney will oversee the overall operations of the campaign and provide strategic advice.
Mr. Devaney said, “Manny Sethi has been my friend for many years. His commitment to Tennesseans, his small town conservative values, his strong faith, and the fact he is not a politician, are why people are going to vote for Dr. Manny for the U.S. Senate.”
Jordan Gehrke will act as the chief strategist for the campaign. He was an architect of Governor Bill Lee’s successfully race, serving as one of the campaign’s two general consultants. Officials said, "Like Sethi, Lee was a virtual unknown when he entered the race and was outspent by better known candidates."
In his role, Mr. Gehrke will lead the strategic efforts for the campaign. He said, “My experience in Tennessee tells me that voters want a conservative and an outsider who will change Washington. That’s Manny.”
The Dr. Manny for U.S. Senate campaign state finance chairman will be David Ingram of Nashville. Mr. Ingram is chairman of Ingram Entertainment Inc., as well as chairman of DBI Beverage Inc. He has long been active on many community and civic boards, and in state politics.
Mr. Ingram said, “Manny is a successful surgeon and has done a lot to help people in our state through his non-profit Healthy Tennessee. He is a conservative whose judgment and decisiveness as a trauma surgeon will be evident when he is our United States Senator.”
Serving as treasurer to the campaign is Cordia Harrington of Franklin. She is the founder of The Bakery Cos., which produces bakery products for customers in the United States, South America, and the Caribbean. She has leadership experience with community, business, and civic boards across the country, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Zoe’s Kitchen (NYSE: ZK) and Emergent Cold. She serves on the board of trustees at Belmont University.
She said, “I am honored to be a part of Manny’s campaign. As my surgeon, he was caring, compassionate, professional and cares deeply for the people of our state. As my U.S. Senator, he will work just as hard for Tennesseans everywhere and will be a dynamic leader.”
Dr. Manny Sethi is an orthopedic trauma surgeon in Nashville and associate professor at the third busiest trauma center in the country. He is founder and President of Healthy Tennessee, a nonprofit organization designed to promote preventative health care across the state that has gained national attention.
Raised in Hillsboro, Tn., he received his undergraduate degree from Brown University. After college, as a Fulbright Scholar, he worked in Tunisia with children suffering from muscular dystrophy. He then went on to receive his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.
He and his wife Maya live in Nashville and have two children. They attend McKendree United Methodist Church.
Officials said the Sethi leadership team "has broad national and statewide campaign experience and includes well-respected members of the Tennessee business community.>
Dr. Sethi said, “Maya and I are blessed to have so many talented people stepping up to serve in our campaign.”