by Steven Hale
Over the weekend, Pith confirmed two more entrants in the House District 51 pre-primary primary — that is, the still-growing group of Democrats who are openly "considering" entering the race to succeed outgoing Rep. Mike Turner.
Former Tennessee Democratic Party communications director Brandon Puttbrese and education consultant Bill Huskey both say they're thinking about running for the seat.
"Nashville needs a voice to fight for progressive, family reforms and to call [Gov. Bill] Haslam out for his trickle-down laws for the rich," says Puttbrese.
Huskey, who's previously worked in former Gov. Phil Bredesen's office and as a special assistant in the office of former Vice President Al Gore, says he's waiting to see what another potential candidate does.
"Yes sir!" Huskey says, when asked about his interest. "If [Metro Councilman Anthony Davis] doesn't run, I'm all over it. If Anthony decides to do it, I'll be supporting him."
Zak Kelley (Senior Policy Advisor to House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh)
Wade Munday (TNDP Treasurer)
Freddie O'Connell (Metro Transit Authority board member, former Liberadio(!) host)
Anthony Davis (Metro Councilman)
Kenny Byrd (Attorney and Fair Board member)
Jennifer Buck Wallace (former TNDP executive director, Tennessee development director for Organizing for Action)
Eric Richardson (Tennessee Health Department procurement officer)
Brandon Puttbrese (former TNDP communications director)
Bill Huskey (education consultant, former assistant to Gov. Phil Bredesen and Vice President Al Gore)