“In the 3rd District Democratic primary, Melody Shekari is the best candidate to take on Fleischmann. Smart, young and enthusiastic, she most recently completed a fellowship as a policy analyst for Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. Two major issues she cites are jobs — especially rural economic development — and health care, which should resonate in the northern part of the district. Her academic background suits her to the position — she has degrees in economics, public administration and law. Shekari’s father is a nuclear engineer, so she is ahead of the curve in understanding Oak Ridge’s importance to the region, state and nation.”

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