Former party communications director Wade Munday is dropping out of the race for chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party and endorsing current party treasurer Dave Garrison.
Munday announced his decision Wednesday in an email to the party's executive committee and county chairs. Garrison has received endorsements from Congressman Jim Cooper, as well as the Democratic mayors from the three biggest cities in the state — Nashville's Karl Dean, Knoxville's Madeline Rogero and Memphis' A C Wharton.
Munday said he will seek the position of party treasurer.
With Munday dropping out, the field narrows to three: Garrison, along with former state Sen. Roy Herron and vice president and political liaison for the Chattanooga Area Labor Council Jane Hampton Bowen. The party's executive committee will vote on Jan. 26.
In politics, the same as in life, situations change rather quickly and it is often difficult to have clear eyes for what is truly in the best interest of a party such as ours. As a candidate for Tennessee Democratic Party Chair I have argued that I am ready to listen, ready to lead, and prepared to fix some of the things many of us so desperately want to change about our party. I believe I can accomplish that best by achieving some measure of party unity and by serving as your next Treasurer. I hope you will support me in this endeavor.
I will approach the position with the same enthusiasm and commitment I have always had for our party. I will not be sitting on the sidelines, but I will be actively involved in our strength building. I will help raise the money we need to compete. I will oversee party expenditures and hold us to a higher standard than ever before. And I will remain a vocal advocate of Democratic values and principles in Tennessee.
What has changed in the race for TNDP Chair is the debate over which direction our party should now turn. We are fortunate to have many candidates, and I will work with whomever you see fit to elect. Please allow me, however, the chance to state the case for Dave Garrison.
Dave has spent considerable time thinking about the party rather than the politics of this race. With clear eyes and vision, he knows what must occur every step of the way for the next two years. He has provided a thoughtful framework to operate our party, created state and national ties, and shown considerable ability to bring people together. He has supported our party in good times and in bad, like so many of you. Dave Garrison is more than capable of serving our candidates, our campaigns, and our party. I am excited to work alongside him, and I am excited for the unity we represent.
I humbly ask for your support for TNDP Treasurer, and please consider Dave Garrison as your next TNDP Chair.