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2017 Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner

Friday, May 5th, 2017

CCDP’s 6th Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner was held on April 29, 2017 at R Place Pub & Grill.  Joe Dunn, current CCDP Chair, greeted guests at the door as they arrived.  Then during his opening remarks he presented a short history of the Homesteads project as part of FDR’s New Deal and pointed out Eleanor Roosevelt’s personal ties to the Cumberland Homesteads, including her visit to Crossville in 1935.  He was followed by Ed Yoder, former CCDP Chair, who led the Pledge of Allegiance, and by Glenna Shepherd, pastor of the Pleasant Hill Community Church, who delivered the Invocation.

Representative John Ray Clemmons from the TN 55th Legislative District addressed the group following dinner.  He talked about the state of our party across Tennessee and how imperative it is to rebuild the party before the next election.  During his remarks, he mentioned “Miss” Annabelle O’Brien and her philosophy of what the political process should offer the people.  Of course, these remarks were very well received by those attending the dinner.

Brian Meadows from Clarkrange then spoke about his plans for a possible run for the TN 6th District seat in Congress. He ended his presentation by singing one of the protest songs he has written.

Following this, our own charismatic Judy Graham Swallows auctioned the baked goods provided by the Democratic Women’s club. Judy’s skill and humor always results in great entertainment as well as success for our pastry auctions. Mary Ann Crowe looked after the sales and assured that each winning bidder was united with the correct pastry.

Calling Ed Yoder to the podium, Joe Dunn presented him with a plaque and gift in appreciation for his service to the CCDP.  Joe noted that Ed has served as a representative for CCDP’s 5th District for a number of years; and that in 2015 he accepted the position of County Chair for a two-year term at a time when Democrats were demoralized by the results of the 2014 elections and there was little interest in the County party. He mentioned that Ed worked tirelessly with local Democrats, the TNDP and the County Chairs’ Association looking to find ways to build the party in Cumberland County.

Next, former Executive Committee members were recognized for their service, followed by the introduction and recognition of new Executive Committee members. A special thanks was given to Betty Threet and Don Clark, active and loyal members for many years, and Judy Barnett who consistently goes the extra mile for CCDP.

Under the leadership of Willie Schulze the raffle was very successful and it appeared that all five winners enjoyed their prizes.

The evening ended with Joe Dunn giving a closing statement, thanking all in attendance while stressing the need to support the Democratic Party, both locally and statewide.

The dinner was well attended, perhaps an indication that Cumberland County Democrats are beginning to take more interest in being involved and active Democrats. One can only hope!

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Extension of Time – Dinner Reservations

Monday, April 24th, 2017

The deadline for reservations for the Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner is extended to Midnight, Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

The Cumberland County Democratic Party (CCDP) will hold its 2017 Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner, on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at R Place Pub & Grill on Country Club Drive in Lake Tansi.   Social hour will begin at 5:00 PM and dinner served at 6:00 PM.  A cash bar will be available.  Following dinner we will hear brief remarks from special guest State Representative John Ray Clemmons.

Dinner is $35.00 per person; $65.00 for a married couple both attending; no charge for a person 90 years and older. Paper tickets will not be issued.  Your purchase will be recorded and verified upon entry to the event.  Please provide the name of each member of your party when purchasing reservations, or by email to  Purchase by payment with a credit card or PayPal through the ActBlue secure site:, or by check made payable to Cumberland County Democratic Party mailed to CCDP Dinner, PO Box 298, Crossville TN 38557. The deadline for dinner purchases is April 26, 2017.

We encourage all county Democrats to attend and support CCDP. If you cannot attend the dinner, please consider making a donation to CCDP by credit card or PayPal through the secure ActBlue site or by check mailed to PO Box 298, Crossville TN 38557.

For further information contact Carol Yoder at (931) 788-3567 or Judy Barnett at (931) 787-1331.

Directions: From Lantana Rd. (101) take Dunbar Rd. (282) south.  Follow the signs for R Place. – Left on Cheyenne Dr.;  Left on Atoka Ln.;  Left on Country Club Road







Democratic Holiday Party

Monday, January 30th, 2017

The Democratic Women’s Club holiday party brought in a generous number of food donations to be given to Bread of Life as well as providing the venue for swearing in 2017 officers. A table decorating challenge resulted in much fun with everyone trying to outdo everyone else! The group voted the “Best Decorated Table” was by Odene!

New 2017 officers were sworn in by Randy York: Officers2Amy Zielinski – President, Betty Threet – 1st VP, Odene Sutton – 2nd VP, Nikki Fitchko- 3rd VP, Patty Guthrie – Secretary, Marla Carroll- Treasurer.

Meet the Candidates Saturday 9/24

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Come and meet Democratic candidates Judy Barnett running for State Representative for Tennessee House District 25, and David Kent running for the U.S. House of Representatives Tennessee District 6.  Saturday, September 24, 3 PM to 5 PM, Community Complex at the Fairgrounds.

Stimulating conversation and light refreshments will be available.

Cookeville Woman to Represent 6th District for Sanders

Monday, March 21st, 2016

COOKEVILLE — When delegates from across the country attend the Democratic National Convention this summer in Philadelphia to choose their nominee for the November presidential election, Cookeville’s Michelle Davis will be among them.

Davis was selected as the only delegate in Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during the Democratic District Convention on Saturday at the Putnam Courthouse in Cookeville.

More than 150 people from the nearly 20 counties in the 6th District filled the third-floor courtroom on Saturday as delegates for both Sanders and Hillary Clinton vyed to become delegates to represent their candidates at the Democratic National Convention.

The 6th District includes Pickett, Fentress, Cumberland, White, DeKalb, Cannon, Coffee, Wilson, Smith, Jackson, Overton, Clay, Putnam, Trousdale, Macon, Sumner and Robertson counties and small portions of Van Buren and Cheatham counties.

“There are 76 total delegates in Tennessee,” 6th Congressional District Convention Chairperson Geeta McMillan told delegates on Saturday. “Forty-four of those are being elected today in all nine districts.”

Following McMillan’s introduction, supporters of Sanders and Clinton split into groups to caucus for which delegates would represent each in the national convention.

Five, including Davis, were selected. Based on the popular vote distribution across the state, Sanders was allowed one delegate from the 6th District, while Clinton was allowed four. Clinton received 66 percent of the Democratic vote on Super Tuesday, while Sanders received 32 percent of the vote.

Delegates were nominated by their supporters who introduced them, and then each was allowed one minute to encourage those present to vote for him or her.

Davis, who has been a member of the Putnam County Democratic Party for eight years and also served as chairperson, said she was inspired to run as a delegate by the candidacy of Sanders.

“The day Senator Sanders announced that he was joining the race for the presidency, I began to organize and volunteer for his campaign,” Davis told the Herald-Citizen by email. “Bernie is the only candidate who has an established record of fighting for the impoverished and the middle class against the billionaires and multi-national corporations that control the majority of wealth in this country and exert undue influence upon our political process.”

Davis, a Mississippi native, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Houston and a master’s in psychology from Vanderbilt. She works at Tennessee Tech University as an outreach coordinator.

“I am honored to be elected to represent the voters of the 6th District in Tennessee who voted for Bernie in the primary,” Davis said. “On their behalf, I will proudly cast my ballot for Senator Sanders to be the Democratic candidate for president.”

Jordan Wilkins of Smithville, Leonard Stevenson Jr. of Lebanon and Bonnie Fussell of Portland were selected as delegates representing Hillary Clinton. Pat Stanton of Lebanon was selected as an alternate for Clinton.

Prior to voting, some expressed concern about the Democratic Party’s requirement for diversity in the delegates selected, meaning that minorities, LGBTQ and disabled should represent half the delegates selected. McMillan confirmed that the requirement was met on Saturday.

Delegates elected Saturday will represent their candidates at the Democratic National Convention, July 25-28, in Philadelphia, where the Democratic nominee for president will be selected.




TN 6th Congressional Democratic Delegates to DNC Convention

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Hopeful delegates and caucus voters from Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District gathered at the Putnam County Courthouse on March 19, 2016 to make the final decision of which delegate will represent their chosen presidential candidate.  The Democratic 2016 Presidential Convention will be held in Philadelphia, PA during the week of July 25, 2016.  Caucus goers were separated by their previous pledge of support for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.  Attendees nominated candidates to be selected and voted upon.  The nominee was allowed one minute to persuade the caucus goers to vote for them.  Each group voted, using the process of elimination, to determine the successful candidates to represent the 6th Congressional District in the final determination of the Democratic presidential candidate.  Successful candidates pictured left to right: Michelle Davis – Bernie Sanders delegate, Hillary Clinton delegates shown are Bonnie Fussell, Jordan Wilkins, Patsy Stanton (alternate), and Leonard Steverson, Jr.

6th Dist Caucus Photo

March 5, 2016 Delegate Selection Convention

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

CCDP had a good turnout for the county delegate selection convention on March 5. We elected 11 county delegates for Bernie Sanders and 6 for Hillary Clinton. These delegates now go on to the district convention on March 19 at Noon at the Putnam County Courthouse to elect the delegates to go to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Thank you to everyone who came out and took part. This is what democracy is meant to look like.


2016 Primary Election Convention

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

This is a presidential election year and county and district conventions and caucuses will be held to elect Delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

Cumberland County’s convention will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 11 AM central time (12 PM eastern) at the Good Samaritans facility, 281 Tenth St. in Crossville. Supporters of each of the Democratic Presidential Candidates will hold a caucus to elect County Delegates to the Congressional District Convention to be held on March 19 where Delegates will be elected for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia the week of July 25.

All Democrats in the county are requested to attend the March 5 convention. In accordance with state party rules, the caucus will begin at 12 Noon sharp; doors will be locked at 12 Noon and no one can enter after that time.

Credential Requirements:
• Be a registered Tennessee Voter.
• Vote in the March 1 Democratic Primary or hold a previous Democratic Primary voting record.
• Attend the convention in the county you are registered to vote in.
• Do not participate in any other party’s primary or delegate selection process.
• Sign a Pledge of Support stating the above and naming the Presidential Candidate you support and that you will support the Democratic Party’s nominee at the conclusion of the primary process.

Filing of the Declaration of Candidacy and Pledge of Support is mandatory for anyone interested in becoming a Delegate to the National Convention, and it must be filed with the Tennessee Democratic Party (TNDP) by February 19. A copy of the form is available on the TNDP web site at this link.  Delegate Application

Complete information on the 2016 Conventions is available on the TNDP web site at this link: TNDP web site

Dates of importance for the March 1, 2016 Primary election:
• February 10 – First day for early voting in person for the March 1 Primary;
• February 19 – Declaration of Candidacy and Pledge of Support must be filed with the TNDP by anyone interested in becoming a delegate to the National Convention;
• February 23 – Last day for early voting in person for the March 1 Primary;
• March 1 – Presidential Preference Primary and County Primary.

Please be sure to vote, either by early voting or on March 1. Although there are no county Democratic primary candidates on the ballot, it is imperative that Democrats participate in our democracy and display their strength by turning out to vote. The number of Democratic votes cast in this primary will also help candidates who will run in the state and federal primary gauge the potential for Democratic votes they might receive in August.

Check CCDP’s Facebook page at Cumberland County (TN) Democratic Party and this Web Page for updates and information during this primary election period.

We look forward to seeing you at the March 5 convention.

February 11 Debate Watch Party

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

The Cumberland County Democratic Party is hosting a Democratic Debate Watch Party on February 11th, 7:00 p.m.. The party will be at the Blind Zebra Sports Bar & Grill, 287 US-70, Crossville, TN in the non-smoking section of the restaurant where we will have access to PBS and several large flat-screened TVs. CCDP is requesting a $2.00 per person donation to cover the costs incurred.
Please RSVP if you can attend so we can get an accurate count of participants. Come early for best parking and, if you so choose, enjoy a meal and beverage. Wear your favorite t-shirt, hat, or button and lets cheer our Democratic candidates to success and enjoy mingling with our Democratic neighbors. If you have any questions regarding this event please contact Judy Barnett at 931-787-1331.


Vote 2016

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

To be eligible to vote in the Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Primary Election, you must be registered to vote by Monday, February 1, 2016.

Early voting begins Wednesday, February 10 and runs Mondays through Saturdays until Tuesday, February 23.

For all the information you need on voting this year visit 2016-01-28 15.08.19