Here is a press release I received late yesterday about Chip Forrester. Posted without comment.
Chip Forrester, treasurer of the Tennessee Democratic Party, has announced his candidacy for chairman of the Party, citing current Chair Gray Sasser’s decision to step down from the role.
Forrester has notified all members of the state Democratic Executive Committee of his plans. He says his experience as treasurer over the past four years and long tenure as a member of the executive committee have helped prepare him for the job.
“Working closely with Chairman Sasser, we have raised and managed an annual budget of over $750,000,” said Forrester, who also noted state Democrats face challenges in spite of recent national victories. “During the next two years, it is imperative that we focus on retaining control of the Democratic offices we have and work to regain our majorities in both the State House and Senate if Democrats are to be the majority party in Tennessee once again.”
Forrester has a lengthy history of political and public service in Tennessee. The son of a career soldier from Watertown, Tennessee, he began his career in the state as deputy campaign manager on former Governor Ned McWherter’s successful campaign in 1986. He followed that up by serving as executive director of the Tennessee Democratic Party from 1987-1989.
Forrester also served as campaign manager for then-Senator Al Gore during his 1990 re-election bid and later served on Gore’s U.S. Senate staff as state director. He has been a delegate to the 2000 and 2008 Democratic National Conventions for Gore and President-Elect Barack Obama, respectively.
Tennessee Democrats have the opportunity to create change in the next few years, says Forrester, who has proposed his agenda as chair, if elected. Key points include:
· Creating an “open-door” opportunity for the full engagement of all State Democratic Executive Committee members in the structure, operations and development of the Tennessee Democratic Party
· A close and structured involvement of the Governor, Democratic members of Congress and all Democratic state Senate and House leaders in the operations and direction of the Party.
· A focused commitment to electing Democrats at all levels of state government in Tennessee.
· Integration of the new voters and campaign workers who enthusiastically joined the Democratic Party during the recent election cycle, as a result of Mr. Obama’s candidacy.
Forrester also has also been an entrepreneur, with several successful businesses to his credit, before returning to the public service sector with this campaign.
He is married, with two sons: one, a senior at the University of Tennessee, and the other, a senior at Hume-Fogg Magnet High School in Nashville.