Brenda Gilmore says she’s running for State Senate

Rep. Brenda Gilmore
Rep. Brenda Gilmore

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – State Representative Brenda Gilmore announced Tuesday she is running for the 19th State Senatorial District.

“Now, more than ever, we need leaders with a longstanding record of giving back, listening to responding to constituents’ concerns,” Gilmore said.

She continued, “I go to work every day and listen to the concern and frustrations of our citizens. I have been blessed with the opportunity to actually respond and make a real difference. It would be my honor to continue giving back to this community.”

While serving in the State House, she has advocated for Ban the Box, which provides those convicted of a crime with equal opportunity to work once they have fully served their time and paid their debt back to society.

Rep. Gilmore has also worked to secure fair share of land grant funding for Tennessee State University and worked on approving the noise wall on Highway 65 North.

In addition to her legislative service, Gilmore serves on numerous boards and organizations, presently acting as Vice President of NAACP Nashville, President of the National Hook Up of Black Women, and President of the Minerva Foundation.

“I will continue the fight to raise up everyone in our community, from women and children to the disadvantaged and those struggling to make ends meet,” said Gilmore.

Sen. Selma Harper currently holds the position in the 19th State Senatorial District. After Gilmore’s announcement, she released a statement that said, in full:

My focus right now is on my constituents and finishing the job they elected me to do. It’s been my greatest honor to serve Nashville in the state Senate these last 28 years, and it’s no secret that I’m considering retirement. I have heard from several exciting new leaders who are eager for an opportunity to serve, and I will make a decision at the appropriate time, when the 110th General Assembly is finished. It will ultimately be up to the people of Nashville who they believe will best represent them in the state Senate.