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The Commercial Appeal photo via AP / Marquita Bradshaw, environmental justice chairwoman of the Sierra Club Chickasaw Group and the first Black woman to be nominated by a major Tennessee party in a statewide race, speaks July 7, in Memphis. Bradshaw is seeking the U.S. Senate seat of retiring Lamar Alexander.

In the race to fill the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee has two choices:

The Donald Trump-endorsed Bill Hagerty. Or Pete Buttigieg-endorsed AND Bernie Sanders-endorsed Marquita Bradshaw.

That says it all. No one in their right mind should want to vote for anyone Donald Trump embraces — even if that person also was the Tennessee Economic and Development chief for a time and later Trump's U.S. ambassador to Japan.

Bradshaw is a Memphis environmentalist and activist, and that says a lot, too.

She rightly points out that our environment is directly connected to the economy and every other issue we can name — health, housing, infrastructure, jobs, even education. "We cannot talk about the environment without talking about other policies," she told us Friday.

Buttigieg calls her a "forward-thinking" leader offering bold ideas that will change the course of our politics.

Sanders said, "She believes, like I do, that in the richest country in the history of the world, all of our people deserve a decent standard of living. Marquita is building a strong grassroots movement by standing up to big-money politics and challenging the status quo."

Bradshaw already is the first Black woman to be nominated by a major Tennessee party in a statewide race. Let's make her the first winning Black woman nominated by a major Tennessee party in a statewide race.

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