Wilson Democratic Women play host to candidates

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 19, 2017 at 8:00 AM

The Wilson County Democratic Women played host to a meeting of Democratic women’s groups from five counties. 

Speakers included Democrat candidates for governor, U.S. Senate and state Senate and chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party and vice president of the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women. 

Rutherford, Davidson, Sumner and Smith counties sent representatives. The presidents of the Democratic Women clubs shared their upcoming activities. In addition, the chairs of the Wilson and Sumner Democratic parties were recognized.

Mary Mancini, chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party, spoke to the group about the importance of the upcoming elections next year and the special election to fill the state Senate District 17 seat. The election will be Dec. 19.

Mary Alice Carfi, Democrat candidate for the Senate District17 seat, spoke to the group about why she is running. She is a single-practice attorney in Mt. Juliet and lives in Lebanon with her husband and 9-year-old daughter. Her public school teacher mother and National Guard father raised her in Smith County. For more information on Carfi, visit maryalicecarfi.com.

Democrat candidate for governor, state Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, told the group his priorities for the state. His primary focuses are health care, education, jobs, infrastructure – including an expansion of Wi-Fi – and the opioid epidemic. Fitzhugh served in the state House since 1994 and as minority leader in the recent sessions of the state legislature. For more information about Fitzhugh, visit craigfitzhugh.com. His opponent for the Democrat nomination, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, was not available for the meeting.

U.S. Senate Democrat candidate James Mackler shared his background and why he wants to serve. Mackler is a lawyer, Afghanistan veteran and lives with his wife and two daughters in Nashville. He resigned his law practice after Sept. 11, 2001 and volunteered for the military and served in Afghanistan as a helicopter pilot. After his service, he sought to reconnect with his faith and met his wife, who was a Rabbi where he went to worship. He is the only declared candidate for the Democratic nomination. To learn more about Mackler, visit jamesmackler.com.

The Wilson County Democratic Women meet the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Five Oaks Golf and Country Club in Lebanon. The next meeting will be Nov. 14. For more information, call club president Kitty Woodson at 615-957-3587. 

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