Inside a neighbor’s home in the affluent Whitland neighborhood of Nashville, Erin Coleman is making the rounds with friends and allies on one of the final nights ahead of early voting.There’s a spread of finger-food and a crowd of a few dozen women, all Democrats. They call themselves “The Blue Dots,” a nod to the speck of success for Democrats in Davidson County amid the vast sea of red that is Tennessee.The group meets once a month to talk politics. And perhaps no other race has generated more buzz for Nashville Democrats this year than Coleman’s challenge in Senate District 20 against incumbent, one-term state Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville.The winding District 20, which includes the wealthy Oak Hill, Forest Hill and Belle Meade neighborhoods, as well as Bellevue, Madison, Donelson and Hermitage, is the only one of Nashville’s three state Senate seats held by a Republican.It might also be the beleaguered Tennessee Democrats’ best chance to gain a seat in a legislature that has seen their numbers vastly depleted in recent elections.Coleman, a 36-year-old civil engineer, attorney and military veteran, is betting on Nashville’s left-of-center politics — even in District 20, which includes Nashville biggest conservative strongholds.She’s looking to seize on progressives’ momentum from… Read full this story
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