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Hipps selected for first-ever Emerge Tennessee class

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A former Lebanon newspaper editor and columnist is among two dozen women from across the Volunteer State selected to begin campaign training this weekend as part of an intensive 70-hour program preparing Democratic women to run for office on all levels.

Amelia Hipps, who launched an unsuccessful 2016 bid for incumbent State Rep. Mark Pody's 46th District seat, was selected from dozens of applicants to join the inaugural class of Emerge Tennessee. The organization's leaders said similar training programs have proven successful in other affiliate states to have a successful election rate.

"About 50 women from across the state applied by our deadline in January, and many more inquired about how to apply for the 2017 class until just last week," said Carol Brown Andrews, a founding board member and recruitment chair. "This indicates that women in Tennessee not are not only willing to serve, but ready to focus the political conversation to where it really belongs: to issues like healthcare, education, equal pay, transportation, affordable housing and public safety."

A former reporter and editor with 25 years in the industry, Hipps is now a public relations consultant and owner of amHipps Consulting. She is active in the community in activities like serving of the board of New Leash on Life and the advisory council of Empower Me Center. She also formerly served as public information officer for Wilson County Schools.

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