Progressive activist seeks path to elected office in upcoming special election
An experienced progressive activist is seeking to take her advocacy to the Tennessee House of Representatives by winning election to a Nashville legislative seat.
Aftyn Behn has announced her campaign for House District 51 in the August special election. The seat is vacant due to the unexpected death of former Rep. Bill Beck earlier this month.
Behn has been an organizer on a range of progressive issues, including work for Indivisible in both Tennessee and Kentucky.
In a social media post announcing her campaign, Behn said:
"I've spent the last six years defending our democracy, pushing back on abortion bans, and drawing attention to the attacks on our freedoms both statewide and nationally. As your Representative, I promise I'll work tirelessly for the issues that matter most to you.
Behn acknowledged the work of Rep. Beck in representing part of Nashville.
"Rep. Beck left big shoes to fill, and I will honor his legacy by caring loudly for the constituents of House District 51, just as he did. I can't do it alone. I need your support."
Behn's campaign announcement was followed with a Q&A on progressive news site The Tennessee Holler.
Behn currently serves as the campaign director for RuralOrganizing.org.
She says if elected, she'll join the so-called "Tennessee Three" - Reps. Justin Jones, Justin Pearson, and Gloria Johnson - in aggressively advancing a progressive agenda and unapologetically calling for change on a range of issues impacting Tennesseans.
The special election will be held on August 3rd.