Democratic attorney announces run in state Senate District 7, now held by Republican Briggs

Press release from Jamie Ballinger campaign

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Knoxville native Jamie Ballinger is excited to announce her run for Tennessee State Senate District Seven in Knox County. After graduating with honors from the University of Tennessee College of Law, Jamie became an attorney at London Amburn where she achieved the status of shareholder. In 2014, she joined Baker Donelson where she practices healthcare and employment law. 

Named one of the Knoxville Business Journals “40 Under 40” in 2015, Jamie is active in the community and has been a board member of several local organizations, including, most recently, the Great Smoky Mountain Association and the Interfaith Health Clinic. Due to her community involvement and her advocacy for women, she was awarded the Spirit of Justice Award by the East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women in 2017, and received the President’s Award from the Knoxville Bar Association.

Jamie was one of the first 24 women chosen for the Inaugural Emerge Tennessee program, which trains women to run for office. In 2017, 73% of Emerge alumnae across the country won their races, and Jamie is excited to be a part of the movement of women running for office for better representation in government.

Jamie is running to use her personal understandings and professional experience to work across the aisle and advocate for the values and issues that matter to working Tennesseans. With a husband who is a public school teacher, Jamie knows that our public schools across the state need help. If elected, Jamie will work to fully fund public schools, make sure teachers and students receive the resources they need, and fight policy that would hurt our public schools.

 Currently, only 15% of State Senators are women, meaning half of Tennesseans are not getting the representation they deserve in Nashville. Jamie knows this is an issue, and is running to represent the interests of all women in Tennessee. An advocate for equal pay for equal work and access to safe, affordable childcare, Jamie is dedicated to making sure the issues that disproportionately affect women don’t keep getting swept under the rug.

Jamie is excited to hit the trail and meet people across District 7 and learn more about what she can do to help hardworking Tennesseans and have conversations about the values that matter to Knox County.

Local family law attorney, LaKenya Middlebrook, will serve as Treasurer for the campaign. LaKenya currently serves on the Knoxville Police Advisory Review Committee and the Community Engagement and Mobilization Committee of the United Way of Greater Knoxville. She has also previously served as the Chair of Girl Talk, Inc.

Jamie will be running as a Democrat. Proudly.

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