The Tennessee Federation of College Democrats has announced their support for Tim Barnes for 22nd District State Senator in the Democratic State Senatorial Primary, to be held on August 7. The seat is currently held by Senator Rosalind Kurita.
Kirk said this was “a difficult decision’; initially the TFCD said that they would not be making any endorsements in partisan primary races. However, it became clear that the active membership of the organization supported Barnes because of his stances on the issues and his eagerness to do the work of and to be the representative of the citizens of the 22nd Senatorial district.The actions of Sen. Rosalind Kurita also played a pivotal role in the decision for the TFCDs endorsement.In 2007, Senator Kurita voted to remove Tennessee’s most senior statesman, John Wilder (D-26 Somerville) for Lt. Governor in favor of Ron Ramsey (R-2 Blountville). For this controversial move, she was rewarded with a leadership position in the Republican controlled chamber. This vote led to the stalemate that exists in the Tennessee State Senate today, as well as the hold up of several important pieces of legislation including issues of Lottery Scholarship GPA and Judicial Selection.
In making this announcement, Tennessee Federation of College Democrats President Leah Kirk said, “Tim Barnes is someone who will represent the students and young people well. He isn’t afraid to stand up for change and gives us hope for the future, our future.”
“College Students across the state are tired of the degrading acts of Senator Kurita to the Democratic party’s values and ideals in Tennessee,” Kirk said. “We are standing up for our issues. We need someone in the State Senate willing to vote with and for Legislators who care about minimum wage, HOPE Scholarship funding, as well as funding to allow more Tennesseans the opportunity to attend college,” Kirk continued.
Tim Barnes is a graduate of Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas and The University of Arkansas Law School in Fayetteville. Tim has been practicing law for 23 years and continues to maintain his office in historic downtown Clarksville. He, his wife Linda, and their three children Patrick, Molly and Fergus are members of the First Presbyterian Church in Clarksville. Tim is also a member of the American Red Cross Board in Montgomery County.