Meet the Candidate: Allan Creasy (Tennessee)

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Candidate Name: Allan Creasy

Allan Creasy, democratic candidate for Tennessee House District 97. Photography by Nathan Morgan

What office are you running for?
TN State House District 97

With which party are you running for office?
Democratic Party

Election Date
November 3, 2020

Why are you running for office?
I’m a bartender, and people tell me about their problems, what they need. I felt like the way I could help was by volunteering for nonprofits, and while I still think that’s important, I also feel that going to the root of the problem is the best way I can help. Currently our legislature in Nashville is working against what’s best for Shelby County and residents of Memphis. They should be working to improve our lives instead of working against what we need here. I’m running because I see that problem, and someone needs to fill that position.

What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
Over the past eight years, Tennessee General Assembly turned down $3.6 billion in Federal Subsidies to expand Medicare and Medicaid. Ten rural hospitals in TN have closed since 2010, limiting access to care and costing people their lives. Tennesseans pay approximately nine percent more on monthly health insurance premiums than states who accepted Federal subsidies. I will fight to expand Medicaid, which will help our children, seniors, veterans, and families.

How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
I believe Democrats are more persuaded by how their community is affected, and Republicans are more persuaded by how they are personally affected. We have to find the right message that speaks to what best serves our own families, as well as our communities, and country.

Who is your hero?
Barack Obama

What are your hobbies?
I used to have hobbies. Now my hobby is canvassing.

What is the most recent book you read?
Theory of Justice by John Rawls

Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
Vivian, cat

How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Phone bank online and donate! If you’re in the Memphis area, you can canvass with us! Donate online at and email us at to find out how to volunteer.

What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
What is the best way a constituent can help local campaigns?
The most effective way of reaching voters is face-to-face interactions. Canvassing is invaluable to local campaigns, and it is a great way to learn more about your community and neighbors. If you can’t canvass, driving canvassers or phone banking is also very helpful!

Candidate Social Media:
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