Mary Mancini announces as candidate in state Senate District 21

Mary Mancini announced today her resignation as executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action and her candidacy for the Democratic nomination in Nashville’s state Senate District 21.

She joins two other Democrats, Jeff Yarbro and Jason Holleman, who have already announced as candidates for the seat being vacated by veteran Sen. Douglas Henry, D-Nashville.

Here’s her announcement news release:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 10, 2013) – Mary Mancini, the former executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action, announced today that she will run for the Tennessee State Senate to serve District 21.

“It’s been an incredible experience to lead Citizen Action because it is such a well-respected organization whose mission aligns so completely with my personal values and priorities,” Mancini said, “But the work we did made me realize that Tennesseans need a principled progressive voice to represent them at the legislature.”

She added, “I know that I can be that voice because for almost a decade I have been at the Capitol – shining a bright light onto our elected representatives and holding them accountable for their destructive and divisive lawmaking.”

During her time at Citizen Action, Mancini has been a strong advocate for safe and healthy work conditions, accessible and affordable health care, government accountability and participatory democracy, and equitable living conditions for the poor, elderly, disabled, and those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

“I have often asked why the health, well-being, and quality of life of all people who live and work in Tennessee are not the first considerations when discussing policy on Capitol Hill,” Mancini said, “For instance, when Governor Haslam announced that he would not accept our tax dollars back from the Federal Government to extend health coverage to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Tennesseans – most of them in working families – did he understand the human cost of his decision? Or did he just not care?”

She added “These are the questions that I look forward to being able to ask repeatedly and more directly on the floor of the State Senate.”

Mary moved to Tennessee 22 years ago and has considered Nashville her home ever since. In those years she has been a small business owner, an employee, a talk show host, a volunteer, an advocate, a community leader, and an organizer. She has a Radio & Television Communications Management degree from Syracuse University SI Newhouse School of Public Communications and has been married to her husband, Kurt Wagner, for 18 years. Together with their three hound dogs, they live in the Woodland-In-Waverly neighborhood.

For more information about Mary’s campaign, please visit