Mar 9, 2022 - Politics

Odessa Kelly officially switches districts

Odessa Kelly.
Odessa Kelly. Photo: Cassandra Stephenson/The Tennessean/USA Today Network

Odessa Kelly officially announced she is changing lanes and running for the District 7 congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Mark Green.

Why it matters: Kelly will be Green's most formidable challenger since he was elected in 2018.

  • The new seventh district stretches from Clarksville to Williamson County and includes several historically liberal Nashville neighborhoods.
  • Green, a Republican, is still the decided favorite. Political analyst Drew Savicki tweeted that the new District 7 voted for Donald Trump over Joe Biden in 2020 by a margin of 56.4% to 41.3%.

Be smart: Even if Kelly is unsuccessful in unseating Green, switching districts allows her the opportunity to improve her name recognition in North Nashville and other politically important parts of the city should she choose to run for mayor in the future.

  • "These new lines don't change the fact that people want universal healthcare, free daycare, less prison, better jobs and affordable housing," Kelly said in a campaign announcement Tuesday.
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