Mary Mancini for State Senate
TN-SD21 in TN http://www.maryforsenate.com
2843 Logan Street
Primary Election Date: 2014-08-07 General Election Date: 2014-11-04
Who am I?
I'm an advocate for progressive values and I have spent over a decade working with Democrats and progressives across the state to advance our Democratic priorities:
I've organized large scale voter registration drives
I've created Davidson county’s largest poll watching operation
I've lobbied to stop Governor Haslam’s attack on the worker’s comp system
I've organized labor rallies with hundreds of union members in attendance
More than just working directly to advance progressive priorities, I have years of experience creating messages that resonate with voters.
As a producer on the documentary UNCOUNTED I worked to raise awareness about the importance of transparency in our electoral system.
As co-host of one of Nashville’s first liberal radio shows, I spoke about national and local political issues in ways that make sense to citizens and I debated those right wing talk radio show hosts that try to misinform and mislead the public and I came out on top.
As executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action, I was a guest on MSNBC to discuss the photo ID to vote law, I published columns in newspapers across the state, and I organized Tennessee’s first progressive priority day at the state capitol.
On behalf of both the TNDP and county parties across the state, I’ve held trainings on how to create powerful messages that resonate with voters.
But the reason I have been able to do all these things is because of my experiences even before I became involved in politics. When I speak about issues that affect working men and women, I know what I’m talking about because I’ve been there.
I’ve been a temp worker, and when I speak about the importance of raising the minimum wage, I speak from experience. I know personally what it’s like not to know if your paycheck will cover your bills at the end of the month
I owned my own small business, and when I speak about the dangers of tax breaks for large corporations, I speak from experience. I saw major corporations get handed money that flowed out of the state, while my local business struggled.
I know what it’s like to not have access to quality affordable healthcare and when I speak about the importance of expanding Medicare, I speak from experience. I’ve paid outrageous prices for health insurance because that was the only option available.
Why am I running?
I'm running because all of my experiences, both as a political advocate and activist and as a temp worker and small business owner have led me to this point. They have made me ready; not to simply sit in the senate chamber as another just another politician, but to stand up on the floor as an advocate for Tennesseans who need a voice. We have been silenced for too long, and it’s time for us all to stand up for what we believe in.
I know that as a state senator I can help empower and energize Democrats across our city and our state state to stand up and begin to take back our state from the radical right wing agenda that has dominated it for too long.
In the short term, I will work to increase the minimum wage in Tennessee. Even a small increase will go a long way towards alleviating many of the problems that working men and women face. For example, parents will be able to work less hours to provide for their children, allowing them to spend time at home working on the school preparation that is so critical for success.
I will focus on reducing and eliminating tax giveaways for large corporations and introducing greater transparency and accountable for those corporations that receive public funds to ensure that they are living up to their agreements.
I am also committed to rolling back the attacks on all unions and teachers in particular. Unions have been a critical part of the growth of the middle class and they have been under assault by Republicans in Tennessee for too long.
As executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action, I organized people across the state on these and similar progressive issues. I also lobbied the legislature directly, which has given me insight and perspective on how to best achieve our goals within the difficult framework of the current state legislature.
My DFA Values
My campaign is built around the idea that the state legislature must make the people who live and work in Tennessee its number one priority. We must ensure all children have access to quality public education and our teachers are given the resources and support they deserve. That means ensuring that helping local business, who keep money and resources in their neighborhood, is more important than giving tax breaks to out of state corporations. It means ensuring that we focus on embracing people from all walks of life, not on trying to divide Tennesseans with legislation based on hate and bigotry. It means making sure we protect our clean air and water from polluters and ensuring that our wild places remain wild.
My Campaign is People Powered!
I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received from people across the district and even beyond, many of whom have never been involved in political campaigns before. We started knocking on doors and calling voters in January and have been holding house parties across the district since November. We are continuing to recruit new volunteers. We are committed to a campaign that connects volunteers with voters, because we know the best way to deliver our message is with real people talking about why they support the campaign.