The Tennessee Equality Project (TEP), a group formed in 2004 to fight the marriage discrimination amendment, has named Randy Tarkington to manage the “Vote NO” campaign that will fight the amendment on the November ballot.
Tarkington brings twenty years of experience in higher education administration experience to the position, as well as years of GLBT activism and community service in California. He most recently served as Director of Campus Life at California State University’s Maritime Academy. No stranger to Tennessee, Tarkington also served for five years as the Assistant Director of Residential and Judicial Affairs at Vanderbilt University.
“Vote NO” steering committee chair Pam Wheeler touts Tarkington’s experience as key to his selection: “We have thousands of allies on college campuses across the state. Randy’s knowledge of higher education will be crucial in harnessing this core group’s energy to reach thousands more fair-minded citizens in Tennessee. We look forward to working with him.”
As campaign manager, Tarkington will oversee day-to-day operations of the “Vote NO” effort including supervision of volunteers and interns, fundraising projects, and grass-roots organizing throughout Tennessee.
Tarkington has expressed his enthusiasm for the challenge ahead: “I grew up here and love the people of Tennessee. This state has always shown independence. I believe that we can be the first to defeat one of these amendments. I will work as much as it takes to make that happen.”
For more information about the Tennessee Equality Project, go to www.tnep.org.