NFIB backs Republican incumbent legislators over challengers

Note: The candidates endorsed by the NFIB below are all incumbents with primary challengers except Ed Jackson, who is opposed by Brandon Dobbs in GOP primary for the seat now held by retiring Sen. Lowe Finney, D-Jackson.
News release from NFIB
NASHVILLE, June 23, 2014–The National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee’s leading small business association, today said it has endorsed candidates in 19 state legislative primary races. The endorsements were made by NFIB/Tennessee SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, which is comprised exclusively of NFIB members.

State primaries will be Aug. 7, with early voting beginning July 18 and ending Aug. 2. NFIB expects to announce general election endorsements later this summer. The general election will be held Nov. 4.

“NFIB supports candidates who support small businesses and who are dedicated to protecting our free enterprise system,” said Jim Brown, state director of NFIB/Tennessee. “These endorsed candidates have consistently voted to reduce burdens on small businesses or have pledged to support them on key issues impacting their operations.”

Endorsements by Senate and House districts (NFIB members noted by asterisk)


District, Name
17, Mae Beavers
27, Ed Jackson*


District, Name
2, Tony Shipley
3, Timothy Hill
5, David Hawk
6, Micah Van Huss
7, Matthew Hill

18, Steve Hall
31, Ron Travis
33, John Ragan
35, Dennis “Coach” Roach
37, Dawn White

39, David Alexander*
45, Courtney Rogers
49, Mike Sparks*
61, Charles Sargent*
63, Glen Casada

71, Vance Dennis
81, Debra Moody

NFIB’s endorsement is critical to these campaigns. Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB has pledged it will activate its grassroots network on behalf of these campaigns. NFIB’s political support is based on the candidates’ positions and records on small business issues.