Brenda Gilmore shares updates about her race to the Senate

Senatorial Candidate Brenda Gilmore, fellow Red Hat sister Bulah Crawford, husband Harry “Gilly” Gilmore and daughter Councilwoman At-large, Erica Gilmore. (photo by Antonio Brooks)

We caught up with Senatorial Candidate Brenda Gilmore at the recent birthday celebration for her husband Harry “Gilly” Gilmore at Carol Ann’s Café. She was upfront and gave us an in-depth view on where she is at with things and where #TeamGilmore is headed overall.

Q. What do you want to say to your supporters; existing or soon to be confirmed?
A. I would like to say a big thank you to all of the voters and people who supported me. Whether you voted for me, marched for me, held a sign for me, donated to me, or just encouraged your friends and neighbors to vote for me, I will be forever grateful for your love and support. Without you, the victorious outcome would not have been possible.

Q. What do you want to say to your non-supporters?
A. I want to express my commitment and determination to win the support and votes of the people that did not support me in the Primary. I want to unify all of us because our goals and aspirations are more similar than the differences that temporarily divided us. I will be an open door for your ideas, your hopes, and your dreams for a better Tennessee. I will champion the causes and concerns that will uplift our community. I will be the voice for all of the people that yearn and that are in need for progressive change. I humbly ask you to join and support me as we bring our fight for a progressive agenda into the general election campaign this fall.

Q. How are you feeling now that the Primary hurdle is over?
A. I am just so grateful that the great people of Senate District 19 saw fit to make me the Democrat nominee for State Senator. I did not look at the Primary Election as a hurdle. I looked at it as a great part of the Democratic process of exchanging ideas and of getting out every day with the voters. But, I am happy that the primary is over in the sense that I was debating with my opponents when we agreed on a majority of the issues. In the General Election, my opponents desire to implement a conservative agenda.

Q. What are your thoughts on the November election and what should voters/the public expect?
A. It is very early to predict exactly how the general election will play out. But, if pressed to make a prediction, I believe that my opponents will use carefully crafted language and imaging on the campaign trail to mask their more conservative approaches to legislating. I am going to stick with the basics and the fundamental foundation of the Democratic Party of fighting for working people, public education, affordable housing, and expanded healthcare. I believe that there will only be one candidate on the Senate District 19 ballot who will fight for this district from the bottom up. So, my campaign will be about fighting for a working and middle-class agenda. We will have to see how everything develops. I am going to do my very best to inspire the people and to get them out to vote for a progressive agenda. I believe in my heart they will.

Q. If you could change anything about the next round, what would it be?
A. I hope that outside groups do not drop any false and misleading advertisements against me in the General. I was hit by some false and misleading advertisements late in the Primary, and such political tactics are a disservice to our community. I want an agenda focused discussion of the issues in the fall. If we do that, I think the voters will be best served.

Q. What can the public expect once you are elected?
A. The public can expect new energy from me in the State Senate and a passion for working hard to pass progressive legislation. However, as I said all during the Primary campaign, the Republicans have a super majority grip on control of the State Senate. So, it will be critically important for me not only to advocate for key legislation, but I must also help educate my colleagues on the other side of the aisle so that bad legislation is prevented.

Q. Any advice to other political candidates; existing/confirmed/loss Regarding the last race or set to win the next one like you are?
A. My advice to political candidates is to just get out there and engage with the voters as much as you can. The voters will inspire you and lift you, and you should try to do the same for them. Enjoy the connections that you make and the moments that you share. The person that builds the strongest connections and support from the public generally will be honored by their vote and support. It is very challenging in the public arena but improving the lives of your community and neighbors makes it all well worth it!

Q. What makes a good politician beyond the Media, various public platforms, etc. elected or seeking elections?
A. First, I do not think of myself as a good politician. I think of myself as a good public servant. Second, I strongly believe that good public servants see themselves as temporary custodians of the public trust. Good public servants are not bigger or more important than the people that put them in public office. As a temporary custodian of the public trust, a good public servant embraces the belief that their obligation is to champion the causes that will secure better jobs, better education, affordable and quality healthcare and housing, and safer neighborhoods for the public. We, the people, have come together to elevate these common causes for today and, equally important, for the citizens of tomorrow. If a public office holder embraces these bedrock democratic principles, they can be a good public servant for their community.

Q. What in your opinion is a not so good politician/elected or seeking to be elected?
A. A bad public office holder or candidate is a person that does not put the interests of the people before themselves. They do not get out among the people to exchange ideas and passions. They are not willing to take tough stances and fight for the underrepresented and unprivileged. In essence, they are not public servants. They put themselves above the people. The people are left to drift while they seek ulterior motives and agendas.

Q. Please add your own, last word wrap up spin here.
A. I just want to say that I have lived in Nashville and Middle Tennessee all of my life. I have called so many people family, friends, and neighbors church family and colleagues over the years. I have served this area in some capacity most of my life by trying to make the lives of people better one day at a time. My community’s election of me to serve us in the Tennessee General Assembly has been one of the greatest joys of my life. I just want the people to know that I cherish them and I will fight hard every day for them. I promise that I will continue to fight for us all in the State Senate. I thank all of my supporters from the bottom of my heart, and I ask every non-supporter give me a chance to earn your support. Thank you again. May God’s blessings shower down on us all.