Chattanooga resident Angelia Stinnett, who became one of eleven Democrats across the state to officially register as write-in candidates for the United States Senate seat in protest of Mark Clayton’s official nomination, says she is traveling the state to interview voters and get their perspectives on jobs, education, and healthcare.
Stinnett, a self-described “full-time activist” who holds a degree in political science from the University of Tennessee at Martin, is realistic about her chances in November, and says that she likely will seek the party’s nomination in 2014, when the seat currently held by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is up for election.
But she says she is gaining valuable knowledge and experience by running in this election, and that she particularly wants to hear from the state’s working class citizens, as well as to educate them about Clayton’s policy positions, which she says “(do) not express Democratic values.”
The tour will cover locations in all three of Tennessee’s Grand Divisions, including stops in Franklin, Memphis, Martin, Nashville, and Knoxville. It concludes with an event at Hamilton County Democratic Party headquarters at the intersection of Central and Main in Chattanooga on Sunday afternoon, October 14 at 4:00 p.m.
Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is the incumbent facing reelection. In addition to Clayton and the eleven write-in Democrats, Kermit Steck (Constitution), Martin Pleasant (Green), and Shaun Crowell, David Gatchell, James Higdon, Michel Joseph Long, and Troy Stephen Scoggin (all Independents, though Crowell is with the Libertarian Party) are on the ballot.