MarQuita Bradshaw candidate for United States Senate-TN, daughter, sister, aunt, mom, caregiver, Environmental Justice advocate and willing to fight for hardworking families in Tennessee and this Nation like your family to have healthy and safe communities where they live, learn, work, worship, and play. I am a single working-class mother of a son, who is finishing technical college. I  grew up in a working-class neighborhood in South Memphis. My childhood home was next door to my great grandmother who we affectionately called Ma’ Dear. I was surrounded by family. My dad was an iron worker and my mom worked at the bank. My two brothers shared a room with bunk beds.  I shared a room with my three sisters who had bunk beds, but they still migrated to my full size bed by morning.  

 Growing up in our working class neighborhood there were so many small businesses - a florist, bank, grocery stores, fresh produce store, shoe cobbler, bakery, drive- in theater, and local restaurants. Everything was in walking distance. There were several parks and about 17 nearby schools. Down the street from our elementary school and junior high school was the Army Defense Depot. My Ma’ Dear grew Most of the family fruits and vegetables in our backyard and her back yard.  Usually at sunrise before school, my great grandfather Papa Starling, Uncle Mike, and I would help with the garden. Uncle Mike was Ma’ Dear and Papa’s bonus child that we received through foster care. Ma’ Dear and Papa provided transitional foster care services for many children. The days Papa Starling was not in the garden with us, he would be busy at the church as an elder or away on fishing or hunting trips. In high school my mom suffered an on the job back injury that took her out of the workforce. After her back surgery,  she had to learn how to walk again. Because of this I had to assume a bigger role in the family. My mother taught me how to pay bills and balance the family finances. My Ma’Dear and Aunt Lossie taught me how to cook, clean, and helped with my siblings. My family and community were strong and full of love. I graduated high school and started college.

1995 was the year of the Base Closure Act which closed the Army Depot facility. That year I gave birth to my son, and my Ma’ Dear coached me through breastfeeding while she was dying of cancer.  More people in my neighborhood died of cancer. Sickness and death became more prevalent in my community. After my Ma’ Dear and Papa Starling died, the Defense Depot Memphis TN- Concerned Citizen Committee (DDMT-CCC) was formed with over 2500 members by Doris Bradshaw (my mom), PTA parents from Norris Elementary, teachers, clergy, local small business owners, and professionals. My father, Kenneth,a brilliant writer,  contributed greatly to the organization and served as the first project director. Over half the initial members died within a year due to illnesses related to the depot. Since Uncle Mike lost both his parents, we made a plan for Uncle Mike to be in our family’s care because he's an adult with autism. My sisters and I along with friends founded Youth Terminating Pollution. 

The Army Defense Depot of Memphis was more than a storage and distribution center for the Army. It also served as a 640-acre landfill that operated with seven incinerators from 1945 until 1995. A landfill of any type of material that was disposed, compensated, or stockpiled from any war between 1945 to 1995. Some the most destructive chemicals used to kill vegetation and human beings were stored there. These chemicals polluted the air, soil, surface water, and ground water of my community. The landfill consisted of unknown and known materials of munitions, chemical warfare agents, germ warfare, nuclear weapons, and biological warfare materials. Of the many chemicals disposed, 395 were known to be linked with cancer. Other chemicals have been linked to strokes/ heart attacks, asthma, lung disease, birth defects, infertility, miscarriages, low sperm counts, kidney failure, neurological damage, infant mortality, rare and unusual cancers and the list goes on. This is where my advocacy work started on environmental policy and why I have centered my volunteer work around the environmental policy for over twenty years. 

During the years I’ve experienced both the highs and lows of a working woman. I’ve worked for nonprofits and corporate america.  I’ve had great jobs with a union contract. I have had jobs that had an employee handbook with daily changing memorandums without a voice for workers. Those union jobs  had great pay, excellent health care, great working environments, and amazing people.

I’m still fighting through foreclosure/bankruptcy because a combination of circumstances. Once I didn’t have adequate health insurance, coupled with student loans, and experiencing unemployment/underemployment. I’ve been one job away from middle class. Along with these experiences and engaging people around labor, environment, education reform, tax reform, trade, and social justice policies, I know that I am ready to serve, engage, and represent the people of Tennessee. 

I am running as a first time candidate for the United States Senate because I care about what happens in my community, and I care what happens to people in Tennessee. I have engaged people around voting, advocacy, and policy throughout my career. Many of these times we were reacting and responding to federal policies, especially when interacting with federal agencies around the remediation (clean-up) process. Now I want  to fight for hardworking families and the opportunity to engage people to shape policy as your next Senator of the United States for Tennessee.

I am passionate about all communities across Tennessee being healthy and safe for living, learning, working, worshiping, and recreating. We have an opportunity to build a greater legacy. Working together we can address the truth of what Tennesseans are experiencing. 

  • A legacy of policies that justly transition away from pollution for the environment that creates jobs. We can improve national security when we transition to cleaner technologies of energy and implement a plan to rapidly phase and scale up renewable sources of energy. A recycling and reuse supply chain can be strengthening to the economy and create jobs. Zero waste is possible by having complete life-cycle plans for products and a plan to decrease and eventually eliminate waste.

  • A legacy of policies that strengthen public education form Pre K- 12 that prepares students to be successful in higher education settings, in the workforce, and/or as entrepreneurs. We can create a legacy to make higher education debt a relic of the past. 

  • A legacy of policies building an economy that works for working families. An economy that works for working policies pays people a sustainable wage and includes health care that's accessible and affordable.

  • A legacy that makes healthcare patient centered, accessible, and affordable with adequate facilities in urban and rural areas. 

  • A legacy of criminal justice that utilizes restorative justice principles. A legacy that treats people with addiction with mental health services. A legacy that after people serve their time voting rights can be restored and people can re enter the workforce. 

I am starting now engaging voters - canvassing to hear what’s important to them - sharing my story and – informing a platform for the environment, education, and an economy that works for working families. With your help we can build a greater legacy of healthy and safe communities.


Let us work together to have healthy, and safe communities across Tennessee

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    “Marquita has been serving the community on important issues in Memphis and TN for decades. She seems to be an inspired leader and driven advocate for making TN and our country better for all the people!”

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    “I support Marquita, we need women of courage to represent us.”

July 28, 2020

Memphis-Midsouth DSA Party Endorsement!

Memphis-Midsouth DSA is proud to endorse Marquita Bradshaw for the United States Senate. Marquita represents the unheard voices across Tennessee. She will fight for environmental equity and justice for disenfranchised communities that have for too long been the dumping grounds of corporations. Marquita is our best hope to take a stand against the racist and dehumanizing policies targeting marginalized communities that all too often come from DC. Congratulations, Marquita!

May 9, 2020

Gun Sense Candidate Distinction

The Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction program is the first step in our candidate engagement program - and is meant to signal to our nearly 6 million supporters, Moms Demand Action volunteers and gun safety voters across the country that a candidate will govern with gun safety in mind..The Gun Seans Candidate distinction is awarded multiple candidates in a race. 

May 9, 2020

Endorsement from Black Coffee Justice

Knoxville and the State of Tennessee meet our people candidates 2020 if corona-virus taught u anything its that you should want candidates that are accountable and present... these are People candidates everyday people that have had their own individual struggles against the powers that be... lets being the process of change to a unfair system towards us all by putting our own in office before we put another rich white guy that doesn't care about working people cause the working class of people are apart of the food chain for the rich❤???✊?✊?✊?✊? #voterstakeastand2020 Black Coffee Justice

February 9, 2020

Lincoln County Democrats- Fayetteville TN

Thanks for the hospitality I received from the Lincoln County Democrats! I’m informing a platform by going to all 95 Tennessee counties. #95TNUSSen will follow  our journey on all social media platforms. 

February 9, 2020

Alternatives for Appalachia Endorsement-Candidate Meet and Greet

Who? Marquita Bradshaw U S Senate candidate for TN receives an endorsement from Alternative for Appalachia.

What? Candidate Meet and Greet 

Where?  Xtreme Sport Bar Family Friendly 


February 29


Why? They are giving their endorsement based on Bradshaw’s environmental record, commitment to fight for hardworking families, and right to organize unions.   


Alternative for Appalachia, an grassroots organization dedicated to endorsing and supporting progressive candidates and ideas in Appalachia created by Appalachians, looking to change the lives of Appalachia for the better.

The Tennessee counties in the Appalachia region are the following: 

Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Cannon, Carter, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Cumberland, De Kalb, Fentress, Franklin, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Lewis, Loudon, McMinn, Macon, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Washington, and White

February 9, 2020

Found footage from 2018

Poor People’s Campaign 

Marquita Bradshaw speaking on ecological effects of military toxins.

January 18, 2020

Clarksville, TN

Clarksville, TN #95TN  it was my pleasure to meet the people in Clarksville. We were able to get some new volunteers and hear about the federal issue that people we’re concerned about. 

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