2020 Candidate Endorsements

The Equity Alliance Fund, the affiliate 501(c)4 advocacy organization of The Equity Alliance, encourages Black voters to support policies and candidates who will invest in overlooked and underserved communities of color.

From Nashville to Washington, D.C., Tennessee needs leaders who will advocate for Black Americans and other communities of color to have a fair and just opportunity at realizing the American dream.

This year, we are proud to announce our 2020 Tennessee candidate endorsements.

These progressive leaders have a clear vision for a better future for Tennesseeans. Under their leadership, families, black, white and brown, will have a chance to earn a good living, send their kids to well-resourced schools and get access to quality healthcare that they need to get well and stay well. These candidates are champions for Black and Brown lives and will stand up to greed-fueled special interests and defend us against radical laws that seek to control our communities, suppress our votes, and perpetuate decades of racial injustice.

Marquita bradshaw

U.S. Senate

Bradshaw, a working parent, has spent her life fighting tirelessly for criminal justice reform, equitable access to healthcare, a clean and safe environment, and a public education system that serves all children.


Glenn Scruggs

State Senate
District 10

Glenn Scruggs, Assistant Chief of Police for the Chattanooga Police Department, is running for Tennessee State Senate because he sees the value in the communities he has grown up in, lived in, and served, and is determined to make sure these communities and families have every opportunity to prosper.


Brandon Thomas

State house District 49

Brandon Thomas is running to represent State House District 49 because he wants to model compassion for his son, and ensure that the needs of everyday Tennesseans are no longer placed on the back burner.


ANDrea Bond johnson

State house district 82

Andrea has grown increasingly frustrated seeing folks forced to live with medical and health uncertainties, not being able to afford doctor visits, medical treatments, or life-saving medications — all because the Tennessee Legislature refused to expand Medicaid. She decided to turn her frustration into action and became a candidate for the Tennessee House of Representatives. She’s running because loving our neighbors means advocating for them—even, and especially, the most vulnerable populations.


Gabby Salinas

State House district 97

Gabby came to Memphis as 7-year-old cancer patient who found treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The city embraced her family and even as a young girl, Gabby knew she wanted to give back to the community that lifted her family’s spirits in troubling times. In 2010, as an adult, Gabby joined the St. Jude Department of Chemical Biology and Therapeutics and began her career of serving others. Now, as a working scientist and health care advocate, she is ready to use her talents for good at our our state legislature.


Torrey Harris

State house District 90

Torrey Harris, a community leader and advocate for all human rights and equal opportunity, believes that everyone should be given the same chances and opportunities he was presented with. He lives by the mantra, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”


Let’s make the future!