Tennessee Democrats elect leaders; Anderson loses bid for vice chairman

Mary Mancini is administered the oath of office after her election as chairwoman of the Tennessee Democratic Party in Nashville in this Jan. 10, 2015, file photo.
photo Mary Mancini is administered the oath of office after her election as chairwoman of the Tennessee Democratic Party in Nashville in this Jan. 10, 2015, file photo.

NASHVILLE -- Embattled Tennessee Democrats on Saturday chose Nashville activist Mary Mancini as the new leader of a party seeking to remake itself into a relevant political force in state politics.

Mancini received 61 votes for party chairman from executive committee members. Lenda Sherrell of Monteagle got nine votes. Sherrell was the Democratic nominee in the 4th Congressional District last year, losing to Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in November.

In the vice-chairman contest, Chris Anderson, a Chattanooga city councilman, lost a 37-33 vote to former state Rep.