NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic leaders in a Tennessee county are sending actress Ashley Judd as a delegate to the party’s national convention in September.
Judd is one of three delegates selected from Williamson County to serve in at-large positions at the convention. Judd has been outspoken on a variety of humanitarian and social justice issues and has supported local Democratic candidates in the past. The Kentucky native is the daughter of country singer Naomi Judd.
The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/Hc0pDK ) that joining Judd as delegates will be Vilma Cueva, the first Hispanic American delegate out of the county, and Gerard Stranch of Franklin.
The film and TV actress lends some star power to the Williamson County Democrats in a traditionally conservative haven. She helped a Williamson County Democrat run for state senate in 2006 and in 2008 was the voice in an automated call urging local residents to vote.
“With all the stuff (Judd) has going on, it’s kind of amazing all she does in this county and in other countries related to human rights and social justice,” said Gary Moore, a spokesman for the county office.
Todd Sharp, the county Democrat who nominated Cueva, said she has helped Williamson County Democrats for years connect with the Hispanic community.
“I’m excited about it,” said Todd Sharp. “I think it says something about the party, especially in light of what the Republican Party is saying about women today and Hispanics. It says the Democratic Party respects women and we respect our Hispanic brothers and sisters.”
Cueva was born in Peru and moved to Spring Hill in 2003. She became a U.S. citizen 14 years ago and started her community involvement at church, where she collected winter coats for the needy.
“It’s another way of helping people,” Cueva said of politics. “I love serving people, and you can serve people at all levels. That’s what politicians should do, look for where the need is.”
The state has 91 delegates going to the Democratic National Convention, which begins Sept. 3 in Charlotte, N.C.