“You are so important because you will grow up to be the future voters of America and also the future elected leaders,” Marquita Bradshaw said when asked her message for young people.
I recently spoke with Bradshaw, a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate. She is seeking to become the first African American woman to represent Tennessee, where I live.
Bradshaw and Republican opponent Bill Hagerty are among the top candidates in the November 3 race. He stands for economic growth and is against illegal immigration. I reached out to both of the candidates for an interview, but only got a response from Bradshaw.
Bradshaw has faced several challenges during her campaign. Her biggest challenge, she said, has been limited campaign funding compared to her opponents. To overcome this, she created a grassroots network of people across the state.
“Money is only one tool, and people are more powerful than money when they come together,” Bradshaw said. “When you get more people involved, you can solve any problem.”