Activist files to run against Tennessee’s US Rep. Jim Cooper

November 12, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee activist Justin Jones has filed to challenge U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper in a 2020 Democratic primary.

A Federal Election Commission document shows Jones filed Monday to seek the Nashville seat.

Jones didn’t immediately return requests for comment.

The 24-year-old black activist has held protests and sit-ins at the Tennessee Capitol over the years. Jones and another protester were arrested in February after they were accused of throwing a cup of liquid at former House Speaker Glen Casada and other lawmakers while protesting the bust of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest inside the Capitol.

Jones’ bond conditions include a temporary ban from the Capitol. His court case is ongoing.

Cooper has held the 5th District seat since 2003.

In a statement, Cooper said he likes Jones and welcomes competition from him or anyone.