Jim's Little Corner Of The Political Universe

A quick review of politics at the local, state, and federal level. Presented by Shelby County Young Democrats 2nd Vice President, Jim Kyle, Jr.

We’ve had an exciting year of activity with the Democratic Party in Shelby County and across Tennessee, but there’s still more work to do. I’m committed to keeping our members informed with Jim’s Corner on the Young Dem website. Check in often, share this information with your friends – even email it to your parents. It’s important that we as an organization know what’s going on and how we can affect change when it matters the most.

Jim’s Corner will be an evolving document with the most pertinent information at the top and a rundown of legislative happenings at the bottom. In between will be information that I believe you might care about. If I get something wrong or leave something out, reach out and I’ll work with the secretary and our President to get this content updated and accurate to the best of my ability… now, off to my little corner of politics.


May 1, 2018 County Primary Elections: The First “Win” Required To Become An Elected Officer For A County Seat

Our first big election is right around the corner. If you’re thinking about running for office, make sure to let us know. Email president@901yd.org with the position that you’re considering and any concerns that you might have. We’re committed to providing the support and resources needed to get great quality and qualified Democrats elected to office.

First Day to Pick Up Petitions: Friday, November  17,2017

Qualifying Deadline: Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Noon

Withdrawal Deadline: Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Noon

Voter Registration Deadline: Monday, April 2, 2018

Early Voting Period: Wednesday, April 11 – Thursday, April 26th, 2018


August 2, 2018 State & Federal Primary Elections + General Election For County Offices

This election is big for the County – hello new Mayor, select School Board Leaders, County Commissioners, Sheriff, Assessor, Clerks, etc. It’s also the starting race for Governor, U.S. Senate, U. S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Senate (odd-numbered districts), and Tennessee House of Representatives.

First Day to Pick Up Petitions: Friday, January 5, 2018

Qualifying Deadline: Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Noon

Withdrawal Deadline: Thursday, April 12 2018 at Noon

Voter Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 3, 2018

Early Voting: Friday, July 13th – Saturday, July 28th, 2018

I’ll post the details for the November 6 General Election closer to the date, but you can get a sneak peak at shelbyvote.com.

2018 County Seats up for Election


All 13 Shelby County Commissioners


Assessor of Property


Register of Deeds

County Clerk

Clerks of Circuit, Criminal, Probate, and Juvenile

4 of 9 school board seats

  1. Chris Caldwell
  2. Shante K. Avant
  3. William Orgel
  4. Mike Kernell

2018 State Seats up for Election

Governor- Open Seat

US Senate- Corker

US House of Representatives (For Shelby this is the 8th and 9th district)

State Senate Seats Odd # seats (29- Harris, 31- Kelsey, 32- Norris, 33- Tate)

State House of Representatives (91- Akbari, 87- Camper, 86- Cooper(she said she would not run again), 90- DeBerry, 93- Hardaway, 98- Parkinson, 96- Thompson, 84- Towns, 85- Turner)

110th General Assembly Highlights

Accomplished In 2017

Bills that Democrats were able to pass:

SB 16- by Harris: helps non-violent offenders obtain employment by unlinking the certificate of employability from the restoration of citizenship.

SB 32- by Harris: allows barbers the flexibility to cut hair at a customer’s home, the same way they can cut at a barnershop once they reeive approbal from the Board of Cosmetology.

SB 221- by Harris: Expedites parole hearing for parolees who are in jail or prison held of false charges.

SB 232- by Harris: Creatres an endorsement or certification pathyway for teachers in computer science.

SB 564- by Harper: Provides tax relief for MeHarry Medical College as a non-profit educational institution.

SB 217- by Tate: allows schools, with the help of local law enforcement, to allow school security officers to patrol within one mile of the school to report on any truancy  that could possibly be occurring.

SB 589- by Yarbro: allows home owners to cancel their contracts with alarm companies if they sell their home unde certain circumstances.

SB 737- by Yarbo: ends decptive practies in the sale of automotive warranties.

SB 828- by Yarbro: Provides greater transparency about the economic impact of tax credits given to businesses in our state.

SB 1136- by Kyle: Exands the definition of “municipality: to include metropolitan forms of government. Permits municipal administrative officers to hear cases involving violations of municipal ordinances regarding locally adopted zoning codes.

Bills that Democrats are trying to Pass in 2018:

SB 1105/HB 0477- Tennessee Pay Equality Transparency Act- Sponsored By Senator Kyle and Rep. Clemmons. Mandates that an employer cannot: (1) prohibit employees from disclosing or discussing the amount of the employee’s wages or the wages of another employee of the employer that has been disclosed voluntarily by the other employee.

SB1106/HB1246- Sponsored by Kyle and Clemmons. Defines terms telated to the act. Delcares that no employer shall discriminate between emplyees on the basis of sex by paying any employee a wage rate less that the wage rate the employer pays to any employee.

SB 0830/ HB 0842- Sponsored by Yarbro and Fitzhugh. Establishes minimum essential benefits for health insurance coverage in the state of Tennessee that is no less extensive than the available under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

SB 0741/HB 0804- Sponsored by Yarbro and Fitzhugh. Eliminates the sales tax on over-the-counter medicine, diapers, and menstratuation products and reduces sales and use tax ratae on food and food ingredients by 0.5% each year beginning on January 1, 2018.

SB 1115/ HB0832- Sponsored by Kyle and Jones. Requires all publiic high schools to provide free feminine hygiene products.