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Political Activities

Reference Number: MTAS-2055
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: August 10, 2017
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Political Activities by Municipal Employees
A local government employee has the same rights as other citizens of Tennessee to participate in political campaigns and to run for certain elected offices. A city employee has the right to take an active part in local and state campaigns while off duty. However, a city employee shall not be qualified to run for election to the local governing body unless otherwise authorized by law or local ordinance. T.C.A. § 7-51-1501.