Gary Shorb

Gary Shorb

Executive Director, Urban Child Institute
Former CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

I joined David's finance team early in 2018 because he understands the importance of our state's legislative issues to the local economy and health of our people. In my work at Methodist and now the Urban Child Institute, I see this connection clearly.

I have personally seen that David is interested in our neighbors' well-being, from health to education issues. His Listening Tour caught my attention because it gave everyone an opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns with him, before being elected, which is something that our current senator has yet to do even after being in Nashville over a decade.When I see how David is already working across the aisle to do what is right for Tennessee and its future, it reinforces to me that he is the right choice for State Senate District 31.

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 345

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It is with great pleasure that we notify you that the Mid-South Carpenters Regional Council Local Union No. 345 has endorsed you for TN Senate - District 31.

It is our belief that you will support the needs of the working men and women of the Memphis, Tennessee area.  For this reason, we will support your election, and sincerely look forward to working with you in the future.

Please know that we are ready and able to assist you in your endeavors.  Feel free to call on us and know that you have our support in the upcoming election.

Michael N. Boner

Executive Secretary Treasurer

Mid-south Carpenters Regional Council

National Association of Social Workers - TN Chapter


On behalf of the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), we are pleased to endorse you as you seek election to the Tennessee Senate in District 31.  Our political action committee, known as NASW TN-PACE, appreciates Benetra Mangum-Johnson’s strong support of your campaign and your thoughtful positions on issues impacting the well being of individuals, families, and communities. We are encouraging each of our members in your district to vote for you and to share their support with family and friends. 

Thank you for your dedication to public service.  We look forward to working with you in the future to develop solutions for issues impacting our profession and the clients we assist.

Charlton Johnson

Pastor and Chaplain
Charlton Johnson endorses David Weatherspoon for TN Senate, District 31


It is vital that we vote our values, so I’ll be voting David Weatherspoon for State Senate District 31. I met David in September 2016 while serving as chaplain resident at Methodist Le Bonheur Hospital. I have consistently found him to be compassionate, caring and committed to building relationships regardless of race, creed or status.

David is an effective advocate for education, social justice, voting rights, acceptance, economic opportunity and gender & race equality. He can hit the ground running on day one of his term. I met David as a colleague and found him to be a man of integrity who has a vision that includes every one of us and will serve as a dynamic voice for our children and community.

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Sarita Wilson-Guffin

Sarita Wilson-Guffin endorsement for David Weatherspoon for TN Senate, District 31

Chaplain, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

I met David Weatherspoon almost four years ago when he interviewed as a Chaplain at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.  I am not one to hold fast to first impressions, but I was immediately impressed with David’s candor and confidence.  I knew quickly that he stood firm in his beliefs and that he was definitely an advocate for the marginalized and the voiceless.  Our work relationship grew and our camaraderie began to develop.  I garnered even greater respect for David as I observed his work ethic and his great concern for humanity and social justice.  Many members of the faith community speak about the fight for social justice, but David does the work.

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Diana Hadley

Journalism Educator
Diana Hadley - Endorsement for David Weatherspoon for State Senate, District 31


Although I enjoyed creating and teaching a nonviolence class at Franklin College by myself, when I had the opportunity to team teach the class with David Weatherspoon, the campus minister, I didn’t need to think about the possibility.  I knew David’s energy, knowledge and wonderful rapport with students would take the class to a higher level.

I was right. As David and I continued to expand the course, we added information, resources and activities, and we looked forward to each class. When we realized that the subject matter and our students provided insights that might benefit others, we co-authored a book to share the spirit of the class beyond the campus.

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Katey Humphries

Employment Specialist
Exodus Refugee Immigration
Katey Humphries


Meeting David for the first time is a pretty typical handshake, introduction, and good conversation. Meeting David for the second time will probably catch you off guard as he has almost certainly remembered your name. And meeting David on the third occasion will likely find you squeezed tightly in a hug as if meeting a close friend. For me, those meetings happened more than ten years ago, and I can still fondly recall all three.  David was my campus minister at Franklin College and quickly came to be one of my most trusted mentors and closest friends, which remains true to this day. He has faithfully guided and challenged me- never shying away from a truth that needed to be spoken- and has truly helped to shape who I am today.


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Paul Galbraith

Paul Galbraith endorsement for David Weatherspoon for TN Senate, District 31

Pastor of Student Ministries and Missions
Brandywine Community Church
Greenfield, IN

When I think of what it means to be a man of integrity, a man of genuine compassion, and a man that lives with a passion for justice and opportunity for others, I think of David Weatherspoon.  From the moment I met David during my Freshmen Orientation at Franklin College, these three characteristics were exemplified daily in how he led his life and interacted with everyone around him.  I had the privilege to serve alongside David as his intern for four years at Franklin College.  David showed me how to be a man that changes the world by impacting the world around me every single day.  I hear his voice saying, “We were created to breathe life and hope into all of creation.”  I know each day this is what guides his decisions and interaction; not seeking personal gain, rather, how he can bless the world around him.

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Waddell Hamer

Wraparound Facilitator
Community Health Network
Waddell Hamer - Endorsement of David Weatherspoon for TN Senate, District 31


I have known David Weatherspoon since August 2012. Over the course of that time, our relationship has gone from boss-employee to mentor-mentee and finally to close friends. Throughout this time, I have come to know him on a very deep level, and I can say with confidence that Western Tennessee could not ask for a better person to represent them in the state legislature.

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