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    Meet Tennessee's Newest Political Power Player: Ashley Judd!

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    The star power will not be missing when Tennessee Democrats send their delegates to the national convention in September.

    Ashley Judd is one of three delegates who will be representing Williamson County in an at-large capacity when the Democratic Party comes together this fall in Charlotte, N.C., to formally bestow the 2012 presidential nomination on Barack Obama.

    So, how did Judd get the nod?

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    Well, it's not as if they picked her just because she was pretty and famous or anything.

    Judd is a longtime, at-times-controversial human rights activist who has traveled to Africa as a global ambassador for YouthAIDS and with the Enough Project, which seeks to end genocide and other crimes against humanity.

    She's also a member of the leadership council of the International Center for Research on Women, and she was a big Obama supporter in 2008.

    "The Convention in Denver was incredibly inspiring," Judd tweeted today as news broke of this year's heightened level of participation.

    The Missing star will also be headed to Charlotte with Tennessee's first-ever Hispanic American delegate, Vilma Cueva, a longtime local political activist.

    As of the 2010 U.S. Census, Williamson County has approximately 183,182 residents and its largest cities are Brentwood and Franklin, where Judd and IndyCar driver hubby Dario Franchitti have a farm.

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