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Sam Houston Day


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Houston County was created by the Tennessee Legislature in 1871 to honor Sam Houston, former President of Texas, US Senator from Texas, and Governor of Texas and Tennessee. Houston made a name for himself as a bold leader, having been removed from the US Senate for opposing the expansion of slavery and ousted as Texas Governor for refusing to pledge allegiance to the Confederacy. His motto, “Do right and risk the consequences” serves a reminder to us all to stand up for good values regardless of their popularity. Our country and county need bold leaders, and at Sam Houston 2019 you will find them.

We have one more year to stand together, and win in 2020! Help us kick off this monumental cycle by chipping to our Victory Fund at Sam Houston Day 2019.

Sam Houston Day 2019

mONday July 29th 6:00 PM

Erin City Hall

During the celebration we will hear from progressive speakers, be treated to great local food, bid on items in the silent auction, and we will celebrate four Tennesseans with awards for their service. This is our first major event of the 2020 Presidential Cycle, help us flip Houston County blue!




Juanita Charles

Juanita enlisted as an active duty soldier in the US Army after high school graduation. While stationed in South Korea, Juanita married her husband, Vibert, at the US Embassy in Seoul. In 2005, she was stationed at Fort Campbell, making Clarksville her home. After active duty, Juanita served in the National Guard. She became a full-time realtor in 2009, focusing heavily on helping first time homebuyers, military, and veterans. Juanita has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services Management and currently serves on the City of Clarksville’s Human Relations Commission. She and Vibert have three daughters, Javae, Tianna, and Zaria.

Juanita was the 2019 Democratic Nominee for State Senate District 22 in the Special Election.



James Mackler

James Mackler. is running for U.S. Senate in Tennessee to restore respect, honesty, and, most importantly, integrity in Washington. Our country has become so divided that our leaders refuse to work together to solve our most important problems. James knows first-hand the strength of teamwork and the benefits of diversity to accomplish even the most difficult mission.

As a military veteran and Tennessee National Guardsman, James knows that true leadership comes from a sense of duty – an obligation to protect and work for the benefit of others. The best results are accomplished when we recognize the value in one another and the unique contribution of each person. True leaders hold themselves and others accountable. These are values that Mackler learned serving his country and will continue to carry as your next U.S. Senator.

“Without change I am worried about the future for my family and yours. My wife and I want to raise our two daughters in a nation that celebrates the best of America: an open and welcoming place that is driven by opportunity and ingenuity; a country motivated by courage, not fear; a society where we seek justice, strive for equality, and embrace our neighbors.”



Justin Kanew

Justin Kanew was the Democratic nominee for congress in Tennessee’s 7th District in 2018. He has since joined forces with Holly McCall to launch the Tennessee Holler, a new site that “always yells the truth” about all things Tennessee politics, shining a bright light on all the darkness - especially in our state legislature. Justin lives in College Grove with his wife & daughter, and they’re excited to report they have another due in December.


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Rashida Leverett

Montgomery County Commissioner District 5


Chris Hale

Christopher Hale is a Democratic politician from Rutherford County who ran for the United States Congress in 2018. He previously helped lead national faith outreach for President Barack Obama and served as the executive director of one of the largest progressive faith advocacy groups in the United States. A regular Democratic contributor to TIME Magazine and Fox News, he and his work have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today and on MSNBC and CNN among other other outlets and publications.