Long-time District 90 representative John DeBerry was not at a loss for words when asked about his loss of the seat he’d held for 26 years to Torrey Harris, a 29-year-old who had never served in an elected office. Harris won 77% of the vote in the general election last week.
DeBerry, 69, was kicked off the primary ballot in April by the Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee after being accused of siding with Republicans on major issues and accepting donations from conservative PACs. DeBerry ran in the general election as an independent.
Here’s what DeBerry told MLK50: Justice Through Journalism reporter Carrington Tatum about his loss, Harris, the Democratic Party and his future in politics.
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