Chairman Jim DeLanis
Mr. DeLanis has served on the Election Commission since 2013. He is Senior Counsel at the Baker Donelson law firm in Nashville. Born and raised in Parma, Ohio, Mr. DeLanis attended and graduated from public school. He received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and came to Tennessee in 1975, where he has lived ever since. Mr. DeLanis graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 1978. He served one year as law clerk to Nashville Circuit Court Judge James Swiggart and two years as Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, State of Tennessee. In 1981, he joined the Baker Donelson law firm where he is now Senior Counsel, focusing on business litigation. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers.
Mr. DeLanis is past President of the Nashville Humane Association and has served on its board, and in other capacities, since 1997. He has been President of the Nashville Bar Association Pro Bono Program and was the chairman of the fundraising campaign for legal aid in 2012, among other Bar activities. He has been active in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle TN, the YMCA Community Action Program, and other local charities.
Jim is an avid handball and tennis player, enjoys hiking and gardening, and has a dog and a cat. He lives in the Hillsboro/West End neighborhood.
Secretary Tricia Herzfeld
Tricia Herzfeld is a partner at Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC. She is a 2001 graduate of George Washington University Law School. Ms. Herzfeld focuses her practice on civil rights and complex litigation. Previously, Ms. Herzfeld served as legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and as Senior Counsel at Ozment Law, where she successfully litigated dozens of high profile civil rights cases in state and federal courts in a variety of areas including: Free Speech, Freedom of Religion, Election Law, Equal Protection, Immigrants’ Rights and Racial Profiling.
Ms. Herzfeld has focused a great deal of her efforts on election protection issues in Tennessee including: developing Know Your Rights materials and trainings; frequently speaking on issues of election law and systemic voter disenfranchisement throughout the state; staffing Election Protection hotlines; investigating suspicions of efforts to suppress the vote through open records requests and other advocacy methods; and litigating numerous election law cases in state and federal court.
Herzfeld was also a public defender in Miami, where she conducted over 80 trials. Ms. Herzfeld is a graduate of the 2010 Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law. She is a frequent lecturer on a variety of civil rights and civil liberties issues. Ms. Herzfeld is also an ACLU-TN Cooperating Attorney. She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee, Florida, and West Virginia.
Commissioner A.J. Starling
A.J. Starling's career in the Labor Movement began in 1971 with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1235 in Nashville, Tennessee, as a bus operator. He was later elected to the Union Executive Board and eventually Recording Secretary of Local 1235, where he served for 12 years.
While he was a bus operator, Mr. Starling received recognition as Operator of the Year, Perfect Attendance Award and Safe Driving Award for 18 years. He also received an award that was named in his and his supervisor’s (Frank Brooks) honor. The Brooks-Starling Award is given annually to the operator who has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Before leaving as an operator, Mr. Starling worked in numerous political campaigns with the Tennessee AFL-CIO and the National AFL-CIO.
In 1988, Mr. Starling was selected by Tennessee AFL-CIO President Jim Neeley to serve as Labor Coordinator in the Technical Assistance Program, where he worked with the Tennessee Department of Labor in the Dislocated Workers Unit, assisting hundreds of people secure training and re-employment.
Within 2 years, Mr. Starling was promoted to Director of the Technical Assistance Program, where he planned and supervised all phases and operations. Under his leadership, program staff doubled and the annual budget grew to almost a half million dollars.
Mr. Starling was named Director of Political Affairs in 2003, and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Tennessee AFL-CIO. He is active in community and political activities, including membership on the Workforce Investment Board (WIA#9), State of Tennessee Tax Structure Study Commission, Red Cross Board, State President of the Asa Phillip Randolph Institute, Trustee of Westwood Baptist Church. A.J. and his wife Marieta have two sons, Jeff and Andrae.
Commissioner Dan Davis
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Commissioner Ross Evans
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