Akbari to speak at Democratic presidential convention today

Senate Democratic Caucus Chairwoman Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis) takes a selfie with colleagues and Gov. Bill Lee before the start of the State of the State address in Nashville on March 4, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

State Sen. Raumesh Akbari of Memphis is one of 16 speakers deemed rising Democratic stars scheduled to speak at the party’s presidential convention to nominate Joe Biden on Tuesday.

“Amidst all of the chaos and crises our nation is facing, Democrats are focused on finding new and innovative ways to engage more Americans than ever before—because that’s how we’ll mobilize the nation to defeat Donald Trump in November,” Joe Solmonese, CEO of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, said in a release. “The convention keynote has always been the bellwether for the future of our party and our nation, and when Americans tune in next week they’ll find the smart, steady leadership we need to meet this critical moment.” 

Akbari was elected to the Senate in 2018 after previously serving in the state House since 2013. She is the chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus, former chair of the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators, and national treasurer of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. She also spoke at the 2016 Democratic convention in support of then-nominee Hillary Clinton.

10 Responses to Akbari to speak at Democratic presidential convention today

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    James White says:

    Akbari will most likely have to move to a democratic state if she wants to go up.

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    Kendra Tilley says:

    Geeeez even TN has its communists to deal with.

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      Charles Sumner says:

      Let’s go back to Joe McCarthy days and call everyone a communist.

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        Cannoneer2 says:

        It is only ok to have the Brentwood GOP lockstep mindset in Tennessee. All others need to go elsewhere.

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        James White says:

        Joe was Correct. Kendra also, yes we Today, have communists trying to ‘rock’ the vote here.

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          James White says:

          The influential but highly secretive FRSO has an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 members. The FRSO controls the Memphis Tennessee Our Revolution affiliate Memphis for All. Working in conjunction with the Memphis branch of the DSA, Memphis for All ran several candidates on the Democratic ticket last election cycle. Their successes included Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer.

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    A REAL life HERO in Tennessee!! Yay!! National fame at that!!

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    There are a few people in our state legislature that think for themselves and don’t always just blindly follow trump into a dark, dead end, like our two senators have done for the past few years.

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    Phil Lassiter says:

    Full blown libtard

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    Gail McPeak says:

    We are not Libtards; we are centrist. I have voted for both Republicans and Democrats; I vote for the person not the party. We are a two party country and that should keep us in the middle of the road; which is where we should be. By name called and assigning negative labels we demean ourselves and our country. Calling your fellow Tennesseans libtards or communists for their opinions is not a replacement for constructive informed dialog. It also fails to persuade the fringe element. Let’s lead by being respectful and listen to those among us willing to use this platform. If you want to only hear your opinion, look in the mirror and don’t waste our time.

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