Charles V. "Charlie" Brown

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Former candidate for
Governor of Tennessee
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionConstruction worker
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Charles V. "Charlie" Brown was a Democratic candidate for Governor of Tennessee in the 2014 elections.[1] Charles V. "Charlie" Brown lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Brown is a retired construction worker. His only previous political experience is a failed bid for "road supervisor" which, according to the candidate, was "nearly 50 years" ago.[2]



See also: Tennessee gubernatorial election, 2014

Brown ran for election to the office of Governor of Tennessee. Brown won the Democratic nomination in the primary on August 7 and faced incumbent Governor Bill Haslam in November. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[1]


Primary election
Tennessee Gubernatorial Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles V. "Charlie" Brown 41.7% 95,114
William H. "John" McKamey 26% 59,200
Kennedy Spellman Johnson 24.4% 55,718
Ron Noonan 7.9% 17,993
Total Votes 228,025
Election Results Via: Tennessee Secretary of State].
General election
Governor of Tennessee, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Haslam Incumbent 70.3% 951,796
     Democratic Charles V. "Charlie" Brown 22.8% 309,237
     Independent John Jay Hooker 2.3% 30,579
     Constitution Shaun Crowell 2% 26,580
     Green Isa Infante 1.4% 18,570
     Independent Steve Coburn 0.6% 8,612
     Independent Daniel Lewis 0.6% 8,321
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 33
Total Votes 1,353,728
Election Results via Tennessee Secretary of State.

Issue positions

In a series of letters to the editor that Brown sent to Tennessee newspapers prior to his victory in the primary election, Brown outlined policies he would put in place if elected Governor of Tennessee.[3] The full letters are available on the website of the Blount County Democrats.

Among the issues he emphasized were:[4]

  • reforming the management of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, particularly with regard to timber cutting
  • mismanaged land deals by the incumbent governor, Bill Haslam
  • replenishing wildlife management areas with deer for hunters
  • raising interstate speed limits
  • increasing the influence of the Bible in public schools
  • restoring some form of tenure for public school teachers
  • support for the National Rifle Association


Brown lives in Oakdale, Tennessee, with his wife, Julia Sue. He is an avid hunter and outdoorsman.[2]

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