Ex-con runs to be first black woman in Congress from Tennessee

Ex-con runs to be first black woman in Congress from Tennessee
Keeda Haynes (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – She has ‘a unique perspective that a lot of people don’t have.’ We’d dare say if it’s unique, no one has had had it.]

Keeda Haynes believes she brings a unique perspective to the race for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District. After spending over three years in prison for a crime she says she didn’t commit, she hopes a spot in Washington will allow her to speak for vulnerable constituents — and make a little history as well.

Haynes, a former public defender, is in a three-way race that includes 17-year Democratic incumbent Rep. Jim Cooper.

The primary election, which is slated for Aug. 6, has no Republican in the race so the winner will almost certainly be elected to Congress come November.

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“I have a unique perspective that a lot of people don’t have. … I’ve been a defendant and defender,” Haynes told ABC News. “I really saw just how this war on drugs really decimated Black and brown, low-income communities.”

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