Mancini won’t seek another term as chair of Tennessee Democratic Party

Mancini (Image credit: TNDP)

Mary Mancini won’t seek another term as a chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party, a position she has held since 2014.

“It has been an honor of a lifetime to work with Democrats across the state and serve the Tennessee Democratic Party as chair for the last six years,” Mancini said. “I am excited to see what’s next for the Party and I look forward to helping the new chair in whatever capacity is needed.”

The move comes as state Democrats have made net gains of only one legislative seat in each of the last two election cycles despite favorable national political conditions.

Potential candidate to succeed her include state Rep. London Lamar of Memphis, Democratic National Committee member Wade Munday, and two-time congressional candidate Renee Hoyos from Knoxville.

Mancini won her most recent election by a 48-19 vote by the party’s executive committee.

16 Responses to Mancini won’t seek another term as chair of Tennessee Democratic Party

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    LeeAnn C. says:

    Perhaps the next leadership of the DNC will recognize diversity within the party, such as Representative John DeBerry.

  • She had a tough job. The State of Tennessee was getting more conservative while the local, state & national Democrat parties were moving rapidly to the far left wing of the political spectrum.

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    Diana Page says:

    I hope that we can win hearts and minds in the rural areas. There must be a way.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Of course there is Diana. Insofar as the Republican Party is basically nothing more than the political arm of the Chamber of Commerce, there is room in this country for a party that is consistently conservative and is so with style and marketing savvy. Now that’s a way for the Democrats to “. . .win hearts and minds in the rural areas.”

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        Phillip Lassiter says:

        No money in politics if you oppose the Chamber. What’s the incentive to do that?!?

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Uhhhhh, patriotism? Concern about the future for the next generation? CONCERN ABOUT SOMETHING BESIDES YOURSELF? I’m just guessing now.

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      Michael Lottman says:

      Yes, Virginia, there is a way to win the hearts and minds of voters in rural and small-town areas of Tennessee and in other marginalized groups and places as well. It is for the party to get its heads and bu**s out of Nashville, stop chit-chatting about what might be done for rural voters and other excluded voters (and prospective voters), and actually start doing something–like treating non-Nashville and non-urban citizens as equal members of society and worthy of our attention at times other than the last two weeks before elections. I have realized for the last six years, or more, that Tennessee Democrats, at least in the person of the state party, have been interested only in talking to each other and not in reaching out to the vast majority of Tennesseans who are not committed Democrats and have no reason to be. This approach has not varied in the least in all the intervening years and has led to identical defeats by identical margins followed by congratulations all around for what a great job we have done. Mary Mancini may have done a good job in trying to keep up the party’s morale, but the party itself has remained largely dysfunctional and it is time for us to move on.

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    Teddy says:

    The TNDP is too liberal for Tennessee.
    She has been so successful, I hate to see her leave.

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    steve cates says:

    I believe Mary has done the best she could do, but she has had three losing cycles and it’s time to give someone else a chance. Many do not understand the structure of our two main parties. Actually, in the Democratic Party, the state executive committee controls the party. They hired her and will also hire her successor. That’s why the election of these people, from each of TN’s 33 senatorial districts, is so very important.

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      Perry Aubric says:

      She has been a complete failure, and it is past time for her to go. She should never have been given a third term.

      The Executive Committee as a whole and with precious few exceptions us composed of worthless, ineffective, unproductive, self-congratulating hacks who operate in an insular delusional private club. They mainly elect themselves as delegates to the convention, attend unproductive meetings where they congratulate themselves in what good Democrats they are, do nothing for the county parties in their districts, and worry about getting a prominent seat at the next bean supper. The whole structure should be demolished and replaced.

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Hagerty and Rose need to get their signs up. A week after election is criminal littering Sethi did same thing

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