Message to Judy Barnett

1503905_10152800493149512_5994326040228353668_nCandidate for State Representative for House District 25 in the November 4 election

Last week voters in Tennessee and across the country voted against their best interests and elected candidates known to favor corporations and the wealthy at the expense of ordinary citizens. Your candidacy in this election was unsuccessful, but through no fault of your campaign. In the current political environment, with huge amounts of right-wing outsider money pouring into state and local elections, Democrats, liberals and progressives had few to no winners. That brings to mind that when asked in an interview about being a winner, football great, Walter Payton, replied, “You know what a winner is? A winner is somebody who has given his best effort, who has tried the hardest they possibly can, who has utilized every ounce of energy and strength within them to accomplish something. It doesn’t mean that they accomplished it or failed, it means that they’ve given it their best. That’s a winner.”

Judy Barnett, you are a winner. You gave your best effort to highlight issues of importance: tax relief for working people and the poor rather than for corporations and the wealthy; Medicaid Expansion to assist children, the elderly and the working poor and prevent more rural hospital closings; increase in the minimum wage to bring it closer to a living wage; and the need to improve education, protect and expand public education, and compensate teachers fairly.

You used every ounce of energy to reach voters in the District with your message: participated in candidate forums and meet and greets; attended festivals, craft fairs, picnics, rallies, Bar-B-Qs, and fairs; visited senior centers, nursing homes, and places of worship; and made time to participate in citizen’s actions, post messages on social media, and place personal calls to voters urging them to participate in the process and vote.

You campaigned on issues and ran a positive campaign. Even when your opponent attacked you in his childishly mocking radio ads for being liberal (you know, like Obama), distorted your stance on some issues and made untrue statements on others, you continued to take the high road and talk about the issues of importance to voters rather than lowering yourself to his level to respond to his vitriol in kind.

Judy, CCDP thanks you for giving your best effort, trying as hard as you possibly could, and using every ounce of energy and strength to try to accomplish something for the citizens of Cumberland County and House District 25. We hope that your concern for the little guy will keep you engaged and that you have an opportunity to work for the good of all of our citizens–the children, elderly, working poor, and ordinary working people. They need and appreciate the help of winners like you.

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