Best Political Operative

Photo: Eric England

Local elections are tricky. There’s rarely, if ever, polling to rely on, and limited fundraising leads to difficult decisions. So it takes a unique talent to consistently win at the local level, and Katharine Heriges has done it. Heriges, a Nashville native who sits on the Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee, has a number of recent wins, including working with Bob Mendes on his 2015 and 2019 triumphs in the notoriously difficult at-large Metro Council race, and Vincent Dixie on his win in an open Democratic primary for a state House seat. With the Democratic Party on the ropes in Tennessee, it might be Heriges and other young operatives like her who lead it — if only slightly — out of the dark. STEPHEN ELLIOTT

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