Democrat who spent time in federal prison wants Rep. Jim Cooper’s congressional seat

Democrat who spent time in federal prison wants Rep. Jim Cooper’s congressional seat
Image: publicdefender.nashville.gov

[Ed. – What we need is more politicians who run for office after being convicted of federal offenses. Saves time.]

Nashville public defender Keeda Haynes — who also served time in federal prison — will challenge U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN-05) for his seat in Congress.

Haynes set up her campaign Facebook page earlier this month.

“Haynes has been planning to run for months and was among the candidates considered by Justice Democrats, the national progressive group that helps Democrats challenge incumbents the group deems too moderate. She filed campaign paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday,” according to The Nashville Scene.

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“Haynes left the public defender’s office, where she had worked since 2013, in December and is now a legal adviser for Free Hearts, a nonprofit organization that provides support to families affected by incarceration.”

Justice Democrats had approached local activist Gicola Lane and Odessa Kelly to run for Cooper’s seat, but both women declined, The Nashville Scene went on to report.

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