TN Republican Assembly backs (mostly) primary challengers

The Tennessee Republican Assembly — which bills itself as “a socially, morally, and fiscally conservative group of individuals committed to strengthening the Republican party by upholding the traditional, Republican ideals that represent the American founders’ original intent” – has endorsed 28 candidates in state legislative races.

There are seven incumbent House members on the list and no incumbent senators. With a couple of exceptions in open seats, those backed are challengers in GOP primaries.

The group maintains a political action committee (TRA PAC) with a current reported balance of $2,699 and no contributions made to candidates since 2014, when the PAC made donations totaling $1,500.

The TRA website is HERE. It’s endorsement list, as posted on Facebook, is below.

From Tennessee Republican Assembly
The Tennessee Republican Assembly — described on its website as “a socially, morally, and fiscally conservative group of individuals committed to strengthening the Republican party by upholding the traditional, Republican ideals that represent the American founders’ original intent” – has endorsed 28 candidates in state legislative races.

There are seven incumbent House members on the list and no incumbent senators. With a couple of exceptions in open seats, those backed are challengers in GOP primaries.

The group maintains a political action committee (TRA PAC) with a current reported balance of $2,699 and no contributions made to candidates since 2014, when the PAC made donations totaling $1,500.

The TRA website is HERE. It’s endorsement list, as posted on Facebook, is below.

From Tennessee Republican Assembly
Nashville, TN: The Tennessee Republican Assembly held their biennial Endorsing Convention Saturday, July 9th, 2016 to endorse state level candidates who support TRA’s guiding principles of conservatism, as well as the US and TN State Constitutions.

All Republican non-incumbent, as well as incumbent candidates with a clear conservative voting record on issues important to the Tennessee Republican Assembly (TRA), were mailed questionnaires regarding the issues of personal rights, abortion, tax structure, gun rights, education, and illegal immigration. The questionnaires were scored independently by select members of the organization and a selection of candidates was submitted for consideration by the entire body of the TRA.

The following state level Incumbent candidates were approved for endorsement by the TRA:

State Representative Teri Lynn Weaver, District 40
State Representative Courtney Rogers, District 45
State Representative Mark Pody, District 46
State Representative Judd Matheny, District 47
State Representative Sheila Butt, District 64
State Representative Jay D. Reedy, District 74
State Representative Andy Holt, District 76

The following state level Non-Incumbent candidates were approved for endorsement by the TRA:

Candidates for State Senate:
-Tony Shipley, Candidate for Senate, District 4
-Steve Lane, Candidate for Senate, District 14
-Scott P. Williams, Candidate for Senate, District 2

Candidates for State Representative:
-Steve Hall, House District 18
-Ed Butler, House District 41
-Paul Sherrell, House District 43
-Davette Blalock, House District 53
-Steve Gawrys, House District 61
-Glen Gaugh, House District 73
-James Poe, House District 75
-Daniel D. Williams, House District 79
-Thomas R. Tillis (Rick), House District 92

TRA President Sharon Ford stated, “It is our privilege to endorse these candidates in the 2016 election cycle. Each one has been vetted and carefully considered by our members before we voted to endorse them. We look forward to supporting each of them in their campaign and working with those who are elected.“ Ford has served as the president of TRA for 4 years and also served as the chairman of the National Republican Assemblies Convention held in Nashville last summer in which the presumptive Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump attended as a guest speaker.

The Tennessee Republican Assembly (TRA) is chartered by the National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA) and is a socially, morally, and fiscally conservative group of individuals committed to strengthening the Republican party by upholding the traditional Republican ideals that represent the American founders’ original intent. It is one of the oldest conservative organizations in TN. Information regarding the organization, including membership requirements, can be found at www.tnra.org.