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Sevier County Democrats Re-organization Update

Saturday, July 6th, 2019


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SCDP elected a new Chair, Sara Thompson, on March 30, 2019 at our bi-annual reorganization meeting.

Autumn Anderson was elected as new 1st Vice Chair. Jo Ann Finchum is serving her second term as Executive Secretary, and Jim Rugh was re-elected to serve as Treasurer.

Several changes were made to the Executive Committee Members .

SCDP thanked former Chair Barbara Wagner for her service and dedication to the party and her effort to grow the local party and elect Democrats to office.

New Chair Thompson expressed her desire to move the SCDP forward and expand membership and visibility within Sevier County.




Sevier County Democratic Party LEAD 2020 Reorganization Meeting March 30, 2019

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Join us on Saturday March 30, 2019.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. King Family Library, Sevierville, Tn.

Sevier County Democrats hosting a fair booth at Sevier County Fair

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Sevier County Democrats are preparing to host a booth at the Sevier County Fair  Aug. 28-Sept.3.

We will be offering fair  patrons the opportunity to meet as many Democratic candidates as can make the schedule, as well as registering voters, talking issues and promoting the Democratic Party ideology.

Sevier County Democrats are devoted to connecting with the community and volunteering to help get Democratic candidates elected.

(photo) Karl Dean visiting the SCD Fair Booth last year as he began his campaign for Tennessee Governor. Other candidates SCD are endorsing is Phil Bredesen, U.S. Senate,  Marty Olsen, U.S. House Congressional District Tn. 1, Delynn McCash, Tn. State House- District 17, Robert Garrett Williams, Tn. State House- District 12.


Sevier County Democrats Gearing up for an August 2, 2018 Victory

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Democrats in Sevier County are becoming even more energized and enthused to promote all the democrat candidates now on the ballot.

We have three Senatorial candidates, Phil Bredesen, Gary Davis and John Wolfe.

For Governor on the ballot will be Karl Dean, Craig Fitzhugh and Mezianne Vale Payne.

Marty Olsen is the Democrat seeking to unseat Phil Roe in House District 1.

For State Legislature we have Robert Garrett Williams, TN State House 12 (Dale Carr incumbent)

and Delynn McCash TN House District 17 ( Andrew Farmer incumbent)

Candidates for State Executive Committee are District 1, Adam Haynes and Marjorie Ramsey, and District 2, Tony Webb and Barbara Wagner.

County Commissioner Candidates are Amy Alford District 6 and JoAnn Finchum District  10.


Sevier Democrats offer two candidates in upcoming local May 1, 2018 Democratic Primary

Saturday, February 17th, 2018


       Amy Alford                                              JoAnn Finchum

Candidates Amy Alford and JoAnn Finchum are pictured turning in their qualifying petitions to be on the ballot

in the upcoming Sevier County May 1,2018 Democratic Primary.

Each woman is seeking a county commissioner seat. Amy is aiming for the 6th District County Commissioner Seat A

and JoAnn is vying for the 10th District County Commissioner Seat B.

Both are energetic and enthusiastic candidates who bring the message of giving voters a choice on the ballot.

They hope to represent their districts with a platform that will be equitable, fair and supportive of all their constituents.

Both women are new to the political stage, but are not new to issues that matter most in peoples lives.

Empathy and compassion are the outstanding traits of both candidates.

All roads lead home. Come home Tennessee to the party that best looks out for you.

More info coming on specifics of their campaigns, which are in the planning stages at this point.

Gubernatorial Candidate Karl Dean Luncheon

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Join the Sevier County Democrats at IHOP Pigeon Forge.

Gubernatorial Candidate Karl Dean will be the guest. Don’t miss an opportunity meet and to speak with him.



Sevier County Democrats visit local veterans

Monday, December 4th, 2017

On Nov. 10, several SCDP members, along with Chair Barbara Wagner, visited with veterans at a local nursing home in Sevierville. We had a very pleasing and uplifing visit, and it was much appreciated by the veterans, who were happy to be remembered on their special day. They were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation as well as a small flag. We enjoyed the fellowship as much as they did. Looking forward to this becoming an annual event for SCD.


Memo from Sevier County Chair Barbara Wagner “Lawmakers face fallout from Trump’s ObamaCare moves”

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Call Senator Alexander and remind him of the thousands of Tennesseans that will be harmed if his committee can’t fix the ACA and continue the subsidy payments to help people find affordable health insurance coverage. Senator Alexander:  DC: 202-224-4944, Knoxville  (865) 545-4253

Lawmakers face Fallout from Trump’s ObamaCare moves

 All eyes are on Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the leaders of the Senate Health Committee who have been working to craft a bipartisan deal to stabilize the insurance markets.

Their efforts grew more urgent late Thursday night when President Trump announced he was halting key payments to insurers.

Before the Senate’s weeklong recess, Alexander said he had agreed to fund the payments for two years, but there hasn’t been a bipartisan agreement on an overall package.

Known as cost-sharing reduction payments, these funds compensate insurers for discounting the out-of-pocket costs of some lower-income ObamaCare enrollees. The administration has been making the payments on a monthly basis. Meanwhile, insurers have been pleading for certainty that the payments will continue on a long-term basis.

At issue is the fact that insurers still have to offer these discounts. In their premiums, some insurers accounted for the fact the payments might not continue — but not all did. It remains to be seen if rates can be changed and also if insurers will exit the marketplaces.

“Many insurers anticipated that [cost-sharing reduction] payments might end and set their premiums accordingly,” Larry Levitt, a Kaiser Family Foundation senior vice president, wrote in an email. “Some insurers were less pessimistic, and some states did not let insurers assume that [cost-sharing reduction] payments would end and hike their premiums. So, the fallout over the next few weeks will vary from state by state.”

Open enrollment for people to sign up for plans on is looming, beginning Nov. 1.

But it’s also unclear if Alexander and Murray can reach a deal that could reach Trump’s desk. Democrats are pushing to restore the payments. But conservative lawmakers, including GOP leaders, oppose what they see as a subsidy to insurers.

The fight over Trump’s move, though, could drag on. More than 15 states are also suing to stop Trump from halting the payments.

ObamaCare isn’t the only big issue on the health care front.

Lawmakers are scrambling after funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), community health centers and a few other health programs expired at the end of September.

The Senate Finance Committee passed a bipartisan five-year extension of CHIP but has yet to release how it will pay for the bill.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a partisan bill to fund CHIP and community health centers. But Democrats slammed the legislation’s offsets, which would have cut funds to an ObamaCare public health fund and required older, wealthier Americans to pay higher Medicare premiums. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) agreed Tuesday to delay a vote on the bill, so the parties could renegotiate how to pay for the programs.

However, that effort did not appear to have yielded any changes.

“It’s clear that House Republicans want to use reauthorization of children’s health insurance and Community Health Centers as a way to further undermine the Affordable Care Act and weaken Medicare,” the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s ranking member, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J), said in a statement Friday afternoon.

Sevier County Democrats Meet to Celebrate Medicare’s 52nd Birthday July 30, 2017

Monday, October 16th, 2017


On July 30, the Sevier County Democrats met to celebrate Medicare turning fifty two years old. It was signed into law , made possible by a Democratic controlled House and Senate, by Democrat President, Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. We can all agree that it is one of the most popular pieces of legislation ever passed by Congress, with the main goal of providing medical security for the elderly upon retirement. Medicare, a federal program, and Medicaid, a state and federal program, were both signed into law in 1965, with Medicaid being a program for people with very low income. Democrats held the majority in all three branches of government in 1965,thus enabling the passage of H.R. 6675.

Today Medicare covers over 55 million Americans, and has become a much loved safety net for people who would otherwise go without healthcare.It took fifty three years from the time of the idea of a national health insurance plan in 1912, to the final outcome in 1965. It had not gained much momentum until 1945, when Democrat President Harry S. Truman, called on Congress to create a national health insurance fund for all Americans. Though Truman fought hard to get a bill passed during his term, he did not succeed. It would be another twenty years before some form of national health insurance, Medicare for Americans 65 and older, and Medicaid for very low income persons, would become a reality. The very first person to receive their Medicare Card was none other than the champion who fought hard for it, President Harry S. Truman.

Today it is being threatened by the majority controlled Republican House, Senate and Presidency in order to further their agenda, which is detrimental to millions of hard working Americans.

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Sevier County Democrats hard at work to save The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Sunday, October 15th, 2017


We must all work together to save the healthcare for millions of Americans who are put in danger of losing their coverage under the false narrative that the ACA is failing. It is being sabotaged in order to fund tax cuts for the wealthiest 1%.

Not on our watch!