Gubernatorial candidate Martin taps new policy adviser

Sreepada previously ran against U.S. Rep. Mark Green.

BY ALEXANDER WILLIS

Jason Martin, a Nashville physician and business owner who is running for governor in Tennessee, announced Friday that he has selected former congressional candidate Kiran Sreepada to be his senior campaign policy adviser.

“Kiran will play a critical role in the campaign leadership and advancing our campaign’s commitment to tackling the issues every day Tennesseans face and building a platform to serve every family regardless of what they look like, how much they earn or where they call home,” Martin said in a prepared statement.

Sreepada was a Democratic candidate for Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District in 2020, though he ultimately lost the race to incumbent Republican Rep. Mark Green.

Sreepada has positioned himself as a moderate Democrat, who opposed abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement but supported more accessible paths to citizenship. Sreepada also voiced support for expanding Medicaid and the eligibility age for Medicare, while falling short of endorsing universal health care.

Martin will face a Democratic field that includes Memphis City Councilmember JB Smiley. The winner of the primary is expected to run against Republican Gov. Bill Lee, who is seeking reelection with limited GOP opposition.

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