Daniels: Informed voters are key to democracy

Frank Daniels

Election 2018: Issues and Answers

"Election 2018: Issues and Answers" is a monthly feature on Tennessee gubernatorial and Senate candidates. The first installment will appear this Sunday.Sunday: InfrastructureComing next month: The opioid crisis and public safety

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We engage with our government, our democracy, in many ways, but elections are the events that allow citizens to directly express themselves, to effect change or to support the status quo.

The 2018 elections are particularly important in Tennessee. What's at stake this year?

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, who has been one of the state's most popular governors, according to the Vanderbilt Poll, cannot run for re-election, and Republican Sen. Bob Corker, who has risen to become the powerful chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, has decided not to seek re-election.