In Tennessee, a Progressive Activist Seeks Election to the State House

Aftyn Behn looks to turn years of on-the-ground organizing into electoral victory

Andy Spears

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Image from Behn Campaign

A Nashville organizer who has been a fixture at protests at the General Assembly on issues ranging from reproductive rights to school vouchers is now seeking to become a member of the policymaking body.

In an interview with the Nashville Post, Behn said she sees the special election as an opportunity to push an agenda of change.

“I have worked to elect Democrats up and down the ballot across the state,” she said. “I would love to be the organizer inside the caucus, on the inside working with candidates and incumbents to organize in these competitive state House districts across the state for 2024. I really look at my role as shifting from an outside agitator to an inside organizer and colleague in order to win some seats in 2024 so we can actually pass some progressive policies.”

Behn noted she wants to join the “Tennessee Three” and push for progressive policy change.

In her announcement, she noted some of the issues she plans to address:

“I’ve spent the last six years defending our democracy, pushing back on abortion bans, and drawing attention to the attacks on our freedoms both statewide and nationally. As your Representative, I promise I’ll work tirelessly for the issues that matter most to you.”

The special election primary for the East Nashville-based House District 51 will be held on August 3rd.

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Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .