Inaugural Williamson County Democratic Party Dinner raises more than $20,000

Inaugural Williamson County Democratic Party Dinner raises more than $20,000

PHOTO: From left, gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean, District 61 nominee Rebecca Purington and District 7 Congressional candidate Justin Kanew./Jonathan David Photography

More than 260 Democrats packed the Williamson County Enrichment Center Saturday night for the Williamson County Democratic Party’s Hugh Williamson Unity Dinner.

Karl Dean, Democratic nominee for governor, was the keynote speaker. Also speaking during the program was Justin Kanew, Democratic nominee for Congress in District 7.

“I’m convinced the state wants someone who’s going to be pragmatic, have  common sense and who’s going to  work on the issues that matter to the voters,” Dean said. “What people want is to have better lives. That means focusing on things that matter to people in their lives.  Now, if you talk to people you meet with as you travel, they care about the basics. They care about having good schools, they care about health care, they care about jobs and better jobs.”

Democratic nominee Karl Dean was the event’s keynote speaker./Jonathan David Photography

Honored at the event was longtime local community and political activist Frances Patton. The WCDP created a scholarship in her name to send one Williamson County woman through training with Emerge Tennessee, the premier Democratic candidate training program in the state.

Tracy Halloran, who served as director of Meals on Wheels in Williamson County, was honored with the Chairman’s Award for outstanding service to the community and the WCDP, and restaurateur Tom Morales received the Community Partner Award.

Left, award winner Frances Patton with District 23 Senate nominee Kristen Grimm./Jonathan David Photography

The inaugural fundraising event raised just over $20,000, said WCDP Chair Holly McCall.

“We could have sold more tickets with a bigger space: the large, enthusiastic crowd proves there’s a desire here to have equal and fair representation by both political parties,” said McCall. “We will invest the money we raised into technology and services to help Democratic candidates in November and future elections.”

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