State House challengers receive local, national endorsements

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The last day to register to vote for the Tennessee state and federal primary and county general election on Aug. 6 is Tuesday, July 7.

As election dates inch closer, candidates are sharing information about their campaigns to give voters a clearer understanding of the values for which they stand. Each Tennessee House of Representatives district in Williamson County has a contested seat, and the incumbents’ challengers have received endorsements from both national and local organizations. 

In November, voters in state House District 61 will decide between incumbent Brandon Ogles and challenger Sam Bledsoe. In District 63, incumbent Glen Casada is facing Elizabeth Madeira and Brad Fiscus, and District 65 incumbent Sam Whitson is running against Jennifer Foley

While the incumbents have just recently wrapped up their legislative session and shared that their campaign work is just beginning, the challenging candidates have announced several endorsements. 

Bledsoe said he is a “Gun Sense Candidate” for Moms Demand Action, a distinction received by Fiscus and Foley as well. This distinction is given to those who will vouch for “common-sense gun control,” as outlined at gunsensevoter.org

Fiscus has also been endorsed by the Network for Public Education Action, a nationwide public education advocacy group, for his focus on schools. He currently serves on the Williamson County Schools Board of Education and has 13 years of experience as a public school teacher. He said he opposes Gov. Bill Lee’s Education Savings Account program, known as the “school voucher program,” and he will “work towards an increase in teacher pay to bring their salary in line with their value to society.” 

Foley has received additional endorsements from the Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council and the Williamson County Democratic Party Chair Kelly Baker-Hefley and former chair Kreis White. 

“Smart but also wise, principled but collaborative, Jenn has every tool needed to bring a fresh approach to our rudderless General Assembly,” White said. 

Baker-Hefley has also endorsed Madeira for District 63. 

“Elizabeth represents the change District 63 needs in the state House. She is a mom and teacher — not a career politician — who speaks truth to power, asks the tough questions, and keeps her word,” Baker-Hefley said. “As state representative, Elizabeth will be an honest and dependable leader who will put people over politics.” 

Williamson County Democratic Party Treasurer Courtenay Rogers also gave her stamp of approval to Madeira, who received additional endorsements from Women for Tennessee’s Future, the Tennessee Democratic Party Rural Caucus, the Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council, and Run for Something, a national initiative geared towards electing “young, diverse progressives to office,” according to its website

The general election for the state House will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 3 with early voting running from Oct. 14-29. For more information on upcoming elections, visit williamsonvotes.net.

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