StudentsFirst Tennessee-backed candidates prevail in 10 out of 13 state contests

NASHVILLE, TN- StudentsFirst Tennessee lauded the results of last night’s state primary elections, where at least ten pro-education reform candidates were swept into office by Republican and Democrat primary voters across Tennessee.

Following news of the final tallies from last night’s elections, StudentsFirst Tennessee State Director Brent Easley said, “We are excited to see these great education champions successfully come through our state’s primary season. Some of their races were very tough challenges, and we are proud to have stood behind them. We look forward to continued support for these leaders and others as we head into the state’s general election in November.”

The pro-reform candidates supported by StudentsFirst Tennessee’s PAC, Tennesseans for Putting Students First, include:

  • State Sen. Steve Dickerson* (Senate District 20)
  • State Sen. Dolores Gresham* (Senate District 26)
  • State Rep. Jon Lundberg* (Senate District 4)
  • State Rep. John DeBerry* (House District 90)
  • Johnnie Hatten (House District 98)
  • Cynthia Bundren Jackson (House District 9)
  • State Rep. Steve McManus* (House District 96)
  • State Rep. Larry Miller* (House District 88)
  • State Rep. Charles Sargent* (House District 61)
  • State Rep. Jerry Sexton* (House District 35)
  • State Rep. Mike Sparks* (House District 49)
  • Keith Williams (House District 85)
  • State Rep Tim Wirgau* (House District 75)

An asterisk (*) denotes a primary election victory.

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Ted Boyatt serves as the Communications Director for TennesseeCAN. He can be reached at


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