The Equity Alliance Fund, the affiliate 501(c)4 advocacy organization of The Equity Alliance, encourages Black voters to support policies and candidates who will invest in overlooked and underserved communities of color.
From Nashville to Washington, D.C., Tennessee needs leaders who will advocate for Black Americans and other communities of color to have a fair and just opportunity at realizing the American dream.
This year, we are proud to announce our 2022 Tennessee candidate endorsements.
These progressive leaders have a clear vision for a better future for Tennesseans. Under their leadership, constituents will have a chance to earn a good living, send their kids to well-resourced schools and get access to quality healthcare that they need to be well and stay well. These candidates are champions for Black and Latin X lives and will stand up to greed-fueled special interests and defend us against radical laws that seek to control our communities, suppress our votes, and perpetuate decades of racial injustice.
Odessa Kelly is a mother and native Nashvillian with nearly 14 years as a civil servant. Growing up a Black gay woman she is a champion for LGBTQIA+ rights and the Equality Act. She believes in an economy that works for everyone, not just the people at the top. As a representative who knows the experiences and struggles of other and who has made sacrifices for her family and community, Odessa Kelly is dedicates her life to fighting for a brighter, more equitable future.
Heidi is concerned about the future. While radical politicians are focused on taking rights away from our families and spreading lies about past elections, our freedom to build a good life and leave a bright future for our kids is slipping away for too many families, business owners, and family farms. Tennesseans are tired of billionaire handouts, divisiveness and lies. Government is supposed to be us—nothing more and nothing less. Concerned citizens working together to solve problems none of us can solve alone. Like protecting our way of life, fighting for working families and strengthening the middle class.
Charlane Oliver is an unapologetic civil rights champion, successful results-driven community organizer and a proven advocate for all Tennesseans. Charlane has built community trust with over 20 years of trusted engagement and leadership. Charlane’s compassion is deeply rooted in valuing the needs of all people especially those often overlooked
Senator London Lamar dedicated her life and career to uplifting the lived experiences of families and communities. She currently represents the 33rd senate district as the youngest female and African American legislator in the Tennessee State Senate. She is the conscious of the legislature. As the conscious of the legislature, Senator Lamar is an innovative and socially conscious legislator. She fights for our families and futures by boldy advocating for strong schools, healthy families, and safe neighborhoods.
Gloria Johnson, State Representative in House District 13, is a retired Knox County school teacher with 27 years experience educating special needs children. In this upcoming 2022 election cycle, however, Gloria is running in House District 90 (HD90) as a result of redistricting.Whether she is encouraging students or advocating for her neighbors, she is always standing tall for our values. She wants to ensure that every child has access to a high-quality, well resourced public school. That every family can go to the doctor when they are sick without going broke. And that every person who works for a living is being prioritized, as she stands up to corrupt corporate special interests.
Justin Jones is an activist, graduate student and community organizer in Nashville, TN. He graduated from Fisk University with a B.A in Political Science and is completing a Master in Theology from Vanderbilt Divinity School. Running with a platform of protecting our democracy, ensuring high quality public education, fighting for environmental justice and immigration rights and providing healthcare for all people in our state.
A life-long Tennessean, Ronnie Glynn has dedicated his life to his country, his community, and his family. He is a veteran, fighting for veterans and thinks that access to healthcare is a right. Women should be trusted to make the decision that is best for their situations, without the interference of politicians. Ronnie Glynn will defend every Tennesseans’ right to quality health care.The rising costs and backsliding of the middle class must be addressed. Tennessee is growing and on the rise, but not for all. Ronnie will defend democracy and protect voting rights, ensure that public servants are protected and respected, and fight for infrastructure.
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