My district, the U.S. House of Representatives Second Congressional District in Tennessee, ranges from the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the coalfields near Kentucky. My district contains the cities of Knoxville, Maryville, Farragut, Lenoir City, Jefferson City, and dozens of small towns, unincorporated communities, and rural villages in between. It is known for its bluegrass music, beautiful landscapes, and resilient people.
In the past four federal elections, this district has moved towards Democrats.
When I ran in 2018, we moved it 19 percentage points to the Democrats – that’s in the top 8 percent of all of the U.S. House races in the country. From urban centers to rural farms, from Loudon County to Claiborne County, 176 of 180 total voting precincts in the 2nd district moved towards the Democratic party.
I won the city of Knoxville by the largest margin for a Democrat in history, the first Congressional Democrat to ever win the city.
When we win in 2020, this will be a historic pickup for Democrats.
There is a long progressive tradition here in East Tennessee. Legislators here cast the deciding vote for women’s suffrage. We had a strong abolitionist streak and sided with the Union during the Civil War. We serve as the home to the largest public utility, the Tennessee Valley Authority, in the US.
My campaign is the next step in this tradition.
All of us who make up this district have an independence hardened by the rocky terrain of the Smoky Mountains. But, we also share a deep compassion.
We are the first to give the shirt off our backs, the first to offer food to the hungry, the first to donate money, and the first to volunteer in times of need. We never meet a stranger, and we swap stories with anyone willing to listen. We show our pride by welcoming millions to our community to enjoy the beauty that we never take for granted.
Truly, it is an honor to call East Tennessee my home, and I am proud to ask for your vote to become your next Congresswoman.