Democrat Caleb Hemmer with his wife and children celebrating his win in Tennessee House District 59 on Nov. 8, 2022. (Photo: Dulce Torres Guzman)
At Sal’s Family Pizza of Brentwood, Caleb Hemmer celebrated winning the race for State House District 59 with 52% of the vote and will now succeed outgoing state Rep. Jason Potts, a Nashville Democrat who opted not to run for a third term.
“The voters chose me and I’m ready to head down to the legislature and get to work,” he said to supporters on Tuesday night.
Hemmer, a self-described moderate, touted his dual experience in public and private sectors during his campaign and pledged to focus on “kitchen table” issues such as education, healthcare, infrastructure and public safety.
A Nashville healthcare executive educated in the city’s public schools, Hemmer, 41, formerly served as an aide to Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen and once held an executive position in the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. He also served on the Metro Board of Fair Commissioners, which oversees development of the city’s fairgrounds.
His political experience and record of “getting things done,” said Hemmer, specifically aided his successful campaign.
“And there wasn’t a lot of that from my opponent,” he said, adding that “being normal” helped solidify his win.
The ultra-conservative Michelle Foreman, a former psychiatric nurse and member of the Republican Party State Executive Committee, was backed by a host of conservative groups, including the Americans for Prosperity PAC, the Nashville FOB, Tennessee Right to Life and The Tennessee Conservative. Foreman lost to Hemmer after receiving 47.6 percent of the vote.
District 59 is among the newly redrawn Nashville districts created by the Republican-controlled redistricting process. The district includes some of the city’s wealthiest enclaves across southern Nashville, including Belle Meade, West Meade, Forest Hills, Oak Hill, and Brentwood along with Bellevue, Hillwood and Cane Ridge.
Growing up in the area, Hemmer said he was familiar with the community and was told by supporters that his nonpolitical messages helped voters choose him as a representative of the area.
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