“We feel very good about a plan that is fair and certainly less politically gerrymandered than the way the districts are currently drawn,” Speaker Beth Harwell told reporters. “We’ve gone out of our way to be as fair as possible. I can’t control the demographics of this state.”The new map largely consolidates Green Hills with other affluent areas of Davidson County in Speaker Beth Harwell's House District 56. Green Hills has long been split between three legislative districts. Davidson County Democratic Reps. Mike Turner (51), Janis Sontany (53), Brenda Gilmore (54), Gary Odom (55), Mary Pruitt (58), and Republican Rep. Jim Gotto (60), seem safe for reelection under the new map albeit with some new constituents.
Democratic Reps. Sherry Jones and Mike Stewart are paired on the new map in Dist. 52 which only one can win. Democrat Gary Moore (50), AFL-CIO president, has acquired enough Bellevue conservatives to make the new map a challenge for him.
Longtime Democratic Senators Douglas Henry (21) and Joe Haynes (20) will need to meet some new constituents under the new map. Sen. Haynes' redrawn district has already drawn a Republican challenger, Dr. Steve Dickerson. Democrat Thelma Harper (19) has few changes to her district on the new map.
A newly created Davidson County district is a "coalition district" combining Black and Hispanic voters into a majority giving them an opportunity to elect a minority candidate to the Legislature.
****DNC: The state Democratic Party Executive Committee has re-elected three Tennesseans to the Democratic National Committee. Bill Owen of Knoxville, Will Cheek of Nashville and Gale Jones Carson of Memphis were elected to new four-year terms. Members of the Democratic National Committee are responsible for governing the national Democratic Party.