Pro-Labor Candidates Pull Off Upsets in TN Thanks to SEIU Members’ Activism!

Gloria Johnson supported SEIU members working at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.

Gloria Johnson supported SEIU members working at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.

Two candidates supported by SEIU Local 205 won their races for the Tennessee House of Representatives on November 6.

Gloria Johnson won with 55% of the vote in the 13th district, which is located in Knox County, despite a series of ugly campaign ads by her Republican opponent, who was the sitting incumbent. Ms. Johnson supported SEIU during a difficult contract campaign at Methodist Medical College last year—appearing at multiple union actions including the Workers Rights Board.

Bob Freeman won his race for House District 56 in one of the most closely watched legislative races this year.  Freeman succeeds former House Speaker Beth Harwell in an historically Republican district in Davidson County which includes Belle Meade, Oak Hill, and Green Hills.

SEIU Local 205 members were active in these and other races this cycle (see sidebar) and were part of a targeted effort to elect more pro-worker candidates to office in 2018. Congratulations to the candidates and thanks to our members who helped!

 

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