State of Franklin Dinner

Mark your calendars to attend the first annual WCDP State of Franklin Dinner to be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City, Tennessee. This is a great way to show your support for the Washington County Democratic Party and to support Democrats running for office in 2020!

The State of Franklin was created in 1784 and included the Western portion of North Carolina and the Northeastern portion of Tennessee. Jonesborough was the capital and John Sevier was the created state’s first Governor. Though the state never received federal recognition, it formed because of the lack of influence and as such a lack of protections for its citizens from each state’s government. After 4 years, John Sevier went on to be Tennessee’s first Governor and the place where we call home joined the state of Tennessee.

The Washington County Democratic Party chose the name “State of Franklin” for our annual dinner because we wanted to honor our history that served as the location for the capital (Jonesborough) of State of Franklin and honor the citizens who spoke out against the local injustices and worked to create a more perfect union. We honor their patriotism.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

5-6 PM -- VIP Wine and Cheese Hour ($50) -- SOLD OUT

Ticket holders will be able to get to know our featured speakers as well as some of the WCDP leadership team.

6-10 PM -- State of Franklin Dinner ($100)

Doors will open at 6 PM for Dinner guests will enjoy great dance music by a local band. Dinner will be served at 6:50 PM and and the program will begin at 7:20 PM. After the plates have been cleared, the band will return to entertain guests as they dance, mix, and mingle!

At 6 PM the Silent Auction will begin with items from local artists and businesses for the highest bidder to take home.

If you wish to donate an items to the Silent Auction, please contact the WCDP at Deadline to donate an item is Friday, August 16, 2019. 

Sunday, August 25, 2019

10 AM - 12 Noon -- Sunday Brunch ($45)

Ticket holders will be able to enjoy a delicious brunch brunch (included) as well as Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas from a cash bar as they get to know candidates running for local, state, and federal office in 2020.

Dinner Speakers

James Mackler is a 2020  candidate for US Senate. He is an Iraq War Veteran and a Tennessee National Guardsman. He was a Blackhawk helicopter pilot with the 101st Airborne Division and completed dozens of combat missions in Iraq. After serving in Iraq, he transferred to the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps where he served as a military prosecutor, focusing on sexual assault cases in the service.

In 2001 after the 9-11 attacks, James Mackler closed his law practice and answered the call to serve his country. In 2017 and 2019, James Mackler felt the same call to step up and serve. He ran for the Senate in 2017 but stepped back to endorse Phil Bredesen. Now, James Mackler is running for the US Senate in 2020 to take on President Trump and his administration’s policies, including the trade war, tax policies, infrastructure, and health care.

A Democrat from Tennessee has not served in the Senate since 1994 when Senator Jim Sasser was upset by Republican challenger Bill Frist. Get to know more about James Mackler by following him on Facebook by clicking HERE and visiting his website by clicking HERE.

Representative Gloria Johnson (House District 13) is a retired Knox County school teacher with 27 years of experience educating special needs children.

In 2008 she trained on weekends in South Carolina with some of Barack Obama’s campaign’s best field organizers and returned to Knoxville to organize 700 active volunteers to work in Knox County and travel to bordering states. In 2009 Gloria was elected chairwoman of the Knox County Democratic Party. Her experience organizing for the Obama Campaign injected energy into Knox County Democrats and helped build the party district-by-district.

Gloria was re-elected chairwoman in 2011, and in 2012 decided to run for State House District 13 to give a needed voice for students, teachers, and working families in Tennessee. She served in the 108th General Assembly as a strong advocate for public education, affordable health care, our Tennessee mountains, and good jobs with good wages. Representative Johnson serves currently in the in the 111th Tennessee General Assembly.

Representative London Lamar (House District 91) is a native Memphian and a courageous community advocate. London’s fearlessness aided in her journey to becoming the youngest legislator in the current TN General Assembly.

London has advocated on national, state, and local policies and legislation that supports families and healthcare. London also worked as an advocate for public education where she empowered, enlightened, and engaged parents and community members in failing and priority school districts to also be advocates by utilizing their voices, being knowledgeable in educational policies, and voting on those that impact public schools and its students. She also ran several state and local campaigns that contributed to helping other goal-oriented community leaders get elected into office.

London formerly served as President of the Tennessee Young Democrats where she is continuously educating, uplifting, and encouraging the youth across the state to make changes in their communities by voting and running for offices at all levels. She has also served as Vice-Chairwoman of the Black Caucus of the Young Democrats of America. She is a member of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women). She also completed Emerge Tennessee 2017 Fellowship, New Leaders Council Nashville 2015 Fellowship and was selected as Memphis Flyer’s Top 20 under 30 Class of 2015, Memphis Top 40 under 40 Class of 2017, and The New Tri-State Defender Legends and Leaders Awardee!