Kayla Parker hopes to do for Tennessee what Black women did for Georgia—turn the Volunteer State blue.
We've all heard about how the work of Black women in Georgia were instrumental in flipping the state blue for the first time in nearly 30 years. Kayla Parker was one of those activists who spent countless hours out on the battleground. Using her experience in Georgia and from working on campaigns for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy McGrath, who challenged Mitch McConnell for his seat in Kentucky, Parker is back in her home state of Tennessee to put that expertise to work in the Volunteer State, which has routinely ranked among the states with the worst voter turnout in the country. In February, she stepped into the role of executive director of Organize Tennessee, a nonpartisan group dedicated to improving voter participation. There's a long road ahead for Parker and her organization, but as she told The Hill: "I'm loud and I'm going to continue to be loud, but in a way that's productive," she said. "I'm not just going to be hollering to be hollering, but if it's going to help voters be able to vote easier and be able to help nonprofits register voters easier, then I'm going to yell it from the rooftops because Tennessee deserves to know."