Part II – – Interview with James Chesser, GOP candidate for Tennessee State Senate, District 21

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew


Middle Tennessee has been devastated by flooding from which it will take months—in some cases years—to recover. Please join the recovery effort by contacting Hands on Nashville at or by calling (in Nashville) 211. Otherwise, please call 800-318-9355. You can also support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts by going to of calling 800-725-2769.  Thank you.


Part II  – – Interview with James Chesser, GOP candidate for Tennessee State Senate, District 21

By Dave Carew

Last week we ran Part I of our interview with GOP state senate candidate James Chesser.  Part II immediately follows. Mr. Chesser and Dr. Steve Dickerson are the two Republican candidates in the August 5 state senate primary for District 21 (Nashville), each of whom is ultimately seeking to unseat incumbent Democratic state Senator Douglas Henry (or Jeff Yarbro, should Mr. Yarbro pull off an upset win) in the general election in the fall.

Mr. Chesser is President of Chesser & Associates, P.C., and of Nashville, which offer legal and consulting services to international professionals and entertainment firms. In this second and final installment of our interview with him, Mr. Chesser discusses what he believes would be the tangible impact on his district should he be elected to the Tennessee state senate in November.

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE:  If you are successful in the GOP primary, and face Democratic Senator Doug Henry in the fall, what in Sen. Henry’s record will you most take exception to?  How will you present yourself as an alternative?

JAMES CHESSER: Senator Henry enjoyed a distinguished career as a civil servant who cared about people, voted his conscience, and was fiscally conservative.    But the world has changed in the past half century, and truly representative democracy survives only through fresh energy, new ideas, and ever greater participation of citizens.    We are facing critical challenges in Tennessee in the next four years, not only in issues such as budgets, jobs, education, healthcare, immigration, and crime but also in our distrust of the ‘business as usual’ approach to government, and its ability to connect with everyday people.  We need to build new bridges between community and government, and to empower and engage more citizens.  It takes good community to make government work, and, if elected, I intend to give a greater voice to those who are building this community.

UN:  How would you do that?

JC: I intend to promote volunteerism, and to serve as a participating leader, physically as well as administratively working with our residents, to ensure that their voices are as powerful as any lobbyist or corporation.   I offer my services humbly to build on the work Senator Henry has started, not to undo it.   And I want to give America back to the common man—starting right here in Senate District 21, Tennessee–and make our district a model for locally driven conservative government that provides a real future for us.

For more information, see

Note:  Mr. Chesser’s opponent in the upcoming GOP State Senate primary, Dr. Steve Dickerson, also has received an interview invitation, as have Democrats Douglas Henry and Jeff Yarbro.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground
Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: