On Democrats Being Relevant in TN Legslature

The Tennessean has a story, led on Harold Love Jr. (whose dad was a legislator in a different era), on Democrats hope to be relevant in the upcoming proceedings of the 108th General Assembly.
For Love Jr., that means advocating strongly for his Nashville district, one running from North Nashville around to South Nashville and Trevecca Nazarene University. It also means trying to start conversations among groups that can help one another.
“For me, the opportunity is there because there are so many issues that are present in that particular community,” he said.
When running for his 58th District seat, Love Jr. said he would focus on solidifying these connections between the communities in his district to statewide organizations that can work with them to improve issues such as education, community health and employment.
“I think there are some issues that span Democratic or Republican affiliation,” Love Jr. said. “It’s not a party issue. It’s a Tennessee issue.”
The initiatives he wants to advance are ones he doesn’t expect to cost the state financially.
“I think we’re talking about collaborative efforts, or maybe just increasing awareness,” Love said.
…When talking to the full Democratic caucus on Wednesday, Minority Leader Rep. Craig Fitzhugh said the incoming class of freshmen will provide new voices and energy to House Democrats. The class includes just five members: Nashvillians Love Jr., Darren Jernigan, Bo Mitchell and Jason Powell, and Gloria Johnson of Knoxville.
“We’ve got some ammunition that we desperately need,” Fitzhugh said.
Those freshmen, Love Jr. said, are ready to work with Democrats and Republicans and are optimistic that their lack of time in the legislature can be beneficial. With his father’s experiences at the Capitol in mind, he thinks communication and respect from both sides of the aisle can also be effective.
“We come in with a clean slate,” he said. “I think we also come in with our own ideas, not just for our district, but for how the party can move forward. We are all excited about what can be done.”

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