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National Democratic

Political Consultant

From Smith County to Speak

At June Meeting

Of Democratic Party

Carol Brown Andrews, a national Democratic political consultant, will be the guest speaker at the June meeting of the Smith County Democratic Party. The meeting will be held at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce at 6 p.m. Andrews grew up in the Beasleys Bend Community and is a proud product of Smith County Schools.

 

Senior Vice President of Grindstone Research LLP of Nashville and Lexington, Kentucky, Andrews has worked in Democratic political campaigns on all levels for almost 30 years. Providing communications, research and strategic advice to candidates and elected officials from coast to coast, she served as Communications Director in the administrations of former Governor Chris Gregoire in Washington State and former Governor Jim Doyle in Wisconsin. She also served on the campaign teams on presidential, U.S. Senate, congressional and gubernatorial levels.

 

Since joining Grindstone Research, Andrews has helped elect Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Jennifer Roberts, Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Alice Beck Dubow, Congressman Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware, who is that state’s first person of color and first woman ever to be elected to Congress. She was also on the senior team to defend retention of three Tennessee Supreme Court Justices from ouster by Tea Party forces in 2014.

 

In 2016, her peers in the American Association of Political Consultants – Republicans, Democrats and Independents – named her the Best Overall Opposition Political Researcher nationally in two categories.

 

Over the past year, Andrews helped found Emerge Tennessee, an affiliate of Emerge America. Its mission is to recruit, train and inspire Democratic women to run for office on all levels. Emerge Tennessee’s inaugural class will graduate in July after concluding 70 hours of training. The goal is to build the bench in Tennessee for a sustainable Democratic party.