There were about 20 to 25 people in attendance, including family and campaign staff of the candidates.
Aubrey T. Givens was the first candidate to speak. He is running for the 17th District Senate seat in the Democratic primary. Also running in the Democratic primary in the August 5 election are Sam Hatcher and George McDonald.
The 17th Senate district is composed of Cannon, DeKalb, Trousdale, Smith, Macon, Clay, Wilson and parts of Sumner County.
Given told those gathered that his focus if elected would be on getting people back to work in Tennessee, protecting and giving incentives to family farms, and improving the quality of life in the state.
Born and reared in Lebanon, Givens, an attorney, is an active member of the Wilson County, Robertson County, and Nashville Bar Associations. He has served as an alumni class chair for the Nashville School of Law Recognition Dinner and Silent Auction. A former Wilson county 4-Her and member of FFA, Givens devotes much of his spare time to mentoring young people.
The rally was staged by Ben Leming of Rutherford County, one of five Democrats running to become the next Sixth District Congressman. Also entered in the August 5 Democratic primary are Henry Clay Barry of Wilson County, Devora Butler and George Erdel of Rutherford County and Brett Carter of Davidson County.
Marine Captain Leming is a veteran of the Iraq War. He grew up in Murfreesboro and graduated from Oakland High School where he excelled in wrestling and track and field. Leming joined the Marines at seventeen. Congressman Bart Gordon later appointed Leming to the United States Naval Academy where he earned his undergraduate degree and commission in the Marine Corps.
Leming said that sacrifice is need in Washington and added, "We need people who will do something that will help us and that is why I want to go to Washington."
Leming also said it is "high time we broke our dependence on foreign oil" and that can be accomplished by developing alternative methods of producing energy, which will create jobs.
He also said that if elected he would work to bring down the cost of heath care and make sure that all citizens had access to good, basic medical treatment.
"I would like to continue to serve my country, and that is why I stepped up to run for Congress," Leming said.
Voters can learn more about Leming at http://www.benleming.com and Givens at http://www.aubreygivens.com/index.html.
Aubrey Givens is running for the State Senate.