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I'm thrilled to share some exciting news. I've recently received an endorsement from the Tennessee High School Democrats, a group of passionate and politically active students who represent the future of our democracy. This endorsement is not just a nod to my campaign; it's a testament to our shared vision for a better future for Tennessee.

The Tennessee High School Democrats are dedicated to engaging young people in the political process and advocating for progressive values. Their support reinforces my commitment to issues that are crucial for our youth and our community at large, such as improving public education, tackling climate change, and advancing healthcare.

I am deeply honored by this endorsement and inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication of these young leaders. Their belief in my candidacy motivates me to work even harder to ensure that our education system and state policies reflect the needs and aspirations of all Tennesseans, especially our younger generation.

This endorsement is a significant milestone for our campaign, and it energizes us to continue our outreach efforts, particularly among young voters. Engaging with and listening to the voices of our youth is essential for shaping policies that will secure a prosperous and equitable future for our state.

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the Tennessee High School Democrats for their support. Together, we can make a difference and build a Tennessee that we can all be proud of. Let's keep pushing forward, united in our mission for positive change.

— Tennessee High School Democrats

Washington DC. (March 8, 2024) – Today, Democrats Serve, a national organization supporting Democrats with public service backgrounds, announced the endorsement of Derek’s State House of Representatives bid in Tennessee's 41st District.

Democrats Serve’s executive director, Brett Broesder, stated that Hawn’s public service experience as a critical care paramedic and firefighter makes him an excellent example of someone who can excel as a candidate and policymaker.

"Public service isn't just a job for Derek Hawn; it's his way of life," said Broesder.

Derek noted that he’s thrilled to receive Democrats Serve’s support.

“I'm extremely grateful for the endorsement from Democrats Serve. Their support is a testament to our shared belief in the power of public service to make a difference. As a critical care paramedic and firefighter, I've dedicated my life to helping others in their most critical times. Now, I'm ready to take that commitment to Tennessee's State House. This endorsement is more than just a vote of confidence—it's a call to action that I am ready to answer for the people of the 41st District." said Hawn. 

Tennessee 41st House District serves Overton, Morgan, and parts of Anderson, Fentress, and Roane. 

For the 2024 elections, the group has made endorsements nationwide, including: U.S. Senate Candidates: Angela Alsobrooks (MD) and Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE); Incumbent House Democrats: Yadira Caraveo (CO-03), Jasmine Crockett (TX-30), and Val Foushee (NC-04);  U.S. House Candidates: Sabrina Bousbar (FL-13), Gil Cisneros (CA-31), Sam Eppler (TX-24), Adam Gray (CA-13), Ron Harris (MN-03), Sam Liccardo (CA-16), Michelle Maldonado (VA-10), John Mannion (NY-22), Dave Min (CA-47), Jessica Morse (CA-03), Josh Riley (NY-19), Kristen McDoanld Rivet (MI-08), Mike Rogers (MD-03), Will Rollins (CA-41), Rudy Salas (CA-22), Briana Sewell (VA-07), Missy Cotter Smasal (VA-02), Derek Tran (CA-45), and Tony Vargas (NE-02);  Board of Commissioners Candidate: Wesley Whelss (Franklin County, NC); and County Commission Candidate: Hunter Cain (Clark County, NV). 

Democrats Serve’s overall national effort consists of recruiting, training, and supporting Democrats with backgrounds serving communities in government, including educators, police officers, firefighters, first responders, social workers, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, public health nurses, and more.

About Democrats Serve

Democrats Serve is a hybrid political action committee (PAC) that helps public service Democrats run for office and win. The group recruits, trains, and financially supports Democrats running for office at the federal, state, and local levels. Learn more at

— Democrats Serve

🚨Endorsement Alert🚨
ChangeTN is proud to endorse Derek Hawn for TN House District 41 in the 2024 election! Derek Hawn for District 41
Derek is an amazing candidate & he is ready to work for District 41 & all Tennesseans!

— ChangeTN

I have worked with Mr. Hawn for a few years now and gladly support his ideals. I believe that he is committed and will represent the peoples of the district very well. Mr. Hawn is an honest man and is for the people like a leader should be! — Travis Kirkland
Harriman City Council

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