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Sun Mar 26, 2017, 12:50 AM

District 95 Vacancy (R)Mark Lovell Resigns

I recently learned about the vacancy created by the resignation of Mark Lovell. I started googling to find out as much info as I can and it appears that only one Democrat is running in this special election to fill the vacancy. Her name is Julie Byrd Ashworth. It would be great if we could get a jump on 2018 and take this seat in the House.

I am a total newb, greenhorn to politics and this forum is the basis of most of my learning. I would love to be able to help and would appreciate any advice from the great minds here. I am going to volunteer for JBA. Any thoughts? I was actually sickened to see how many Rs are running. It's part of living in the south though. District 95 is an affluent suburban area of Memphis. It almost feels hopeless, but I still intend to do all I can!

[link]https://ballotpedia.org/Tennessee_House_of_Representatives_District_95|[/link]

[link]https://julie95.org/[/link]

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Response to LOL Lib (Original post)

Sun Mar 26, 2017, 12:51 AM

1. Can she win?

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Response to nycbos (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 26, 2017, 12:57 AM

3. Anything is possible, but this is an incredibly red area of the otherwise blue county.

Mostly upper middle class, but the thing that gives me some hope is that there are lots of people here that are not native to the area. FedEx transfers from out of town and pilots mixed with local business owners and good ole boy Drumpf supporters.

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Response to nycbos (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 26, 2017, 07:31 AM

9. She looks like a great candidate...

at least from her bio page.



K&R

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Response to LOL Lib (Original post)

Sun Mar 26, 2017, 12:56 AM

2. Keep up the local fight...

Having lived in very blue New England but being born and raised in the south...TN to be exact, I know exactly what you're feeling. I currently live outside of Nashville so I know that struggle acutely, living in a blue island surrounded by a sea of red. All we can do is that which impacts our local communities, so fight your fight. BTW, love Memphis, lived there for four years in Med school....I watched it change in many ways and there's still a part of my heart there.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 26, 2017, 12:59 AM

4. Thank you!

I feel a little better just knowing that you can sympathize with how I feel. There are tons of good people here that I know voted for HRC. I'm hoping they all get out and maybe catch the Rs asleep at the wheel.

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Response to LOL Lib (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 26, 2017, 01:07 AM

5. If you ever make the trek over to Nashville...please hit me up...

will do the same when we come to Memphis! There are too few of us liberals in red states to feel isolated and alone. Let's build each other up and support each other! Good luck!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 26, 2017, 01:11 AM

6. Will do! I have family in Franklin.

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Response to LOL Lib (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 26, 2017, 01:19 AM

7. I'll hold you to that!



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Response to LOL Lib (Original post)

Sun Mar 26, 2017, 05:02 AM

8. For inspiration & ideas, check out Jon Ossoff - D with lead in Repub territory in GA

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028853391

kudos to you for signing on to volunteer with Julie Byrd Ashworth!!

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Response to LOL Lib (Original post)

Sun Mar 26, 2017, 08:15 AM

10. Turnout is what really matters for special elections. Some congress critters get elected with very f

Ted Cruz won his first election because of how Texas scheduled a special election when most people were vacationing. The Christian Right gets better turnout.

Round up every liberal in the district to actually vote, and she could win.

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Response to LOL Lib (Original post)

Sun Mar 26, 2017, 09:14 AM

11. a not really relevant comment- why do women always use their first names

to refer to themselves? men rarely do.
its a thing that bugs me, and i am convinced it works on people's subtle expectations of how "girls" are supposed to act.

if i had done her logo, i would have her last name/s along the bottom there.
i realize that this is the south here, but she need to "put her name out there", and it isnt in her logo.


all that said, please report often. you cant be the only du'er in those parts.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #11)

Sun Mar 26, 2017, 12:20 PM

13. I think your argument is extremely accurate.

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Response to LOL Lib (Reply #13)

Sun Mar 26, 2017, 12:43 PM

16. i have seen it over and over.

including at the top of our ticket this year.

makes me mad to see us participating in our own oppression.

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Response to LOL Lib (Original post)

Sun Mar 26, 2017, 12:17 PM

12. Thanks everyone for the encouragement!

I will update!

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Response to LOL Lib (Original post)

Sun Mar 26, 2017, 12:30 PM

14. Who are some Dems who managed to pull it off in the south? Call their campaigns.

They should be happy to give advice.

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Response to OregonBlue (Reply #14)

Sun Mar 26, 2017, 12:39 PM

15. That is a great idea. Dems have been successful in

The city of Memphis. It is another reason to hope.

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Response to LOL Lib (Original post)

Mon Mar 27, 2017, 02:51 PM

17. She looks like an excellent candidate. I would support her if I lived in that district.

Hopefully, she can take that seat.

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