The Tennessee Medical Association has endorsed incumbent physician state Sen. Steve Dickerson in the District 20 race over his physician challenger, Dr. Ron McDow, reports Nashville Post Politics.
A list of TMA endorsements through its PAC (known as IMPACT for Independent Medicine Political Action Committee of Tennessee) shows only incumbents endorsed so far. But the doctors made a special point in an email of endorsing all physician legislators up for reelection — Sen. Mark Green, MD (R-Clarksville), Sen. Joey Hensley, MD (R-Hohenwald), Rep. Sabi Kumar, MD (R-Springfield) and Rep. Bryan Terry, MD (R-Murfreesboro) — but especially Dickerson.
From the email:
Dr. Dickerson is competing in one of the most contested races in the state. He is being aggressively targeted by his opponents. His primary opponent is also a Nashville physician who is not a TMA member and has never been involved in organized medicine here in Tennessee. We are calling on all members to support Dr. Dickerson and IMPACT to help protect those that support us on Capitol Hill.
Dr. Dickerson as well as Tennessee’s other physician legislators work with TMA on every issue that affects physicians and their patients. They work hard to ensure Tennessee remains one of the best states for practicing medicine.
TMA and IMPACT is fully behind Senators Dickerson, Green and Hensley and Representatives Kumar and Terry. We have worked hard to put these physicians in the legislature but we now have to keep them there. Their campaigns need support from TMA members.