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Republicans launch full-blown attack on Democrat nominee in Senate District 14

The Tennessee Republican Party has launched a direct mail attack on Gayle Jordan, declaring the Democratic nominee in a Senate District 14 special election “a self-described ‘hippie liberal atheist activist’… (who) wants to destroy our conservative Tennessee values.”

State GOP Chairman Scott Golden has also issued a press release calling on the two Democratic candidates for governor, Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh, to denounce Jordan as an example of “extremism in their party.”

And Republican Senate Speaker Randy McNally has declared in a tweet: In my 40+ years in politics, I’ve seen few candidates as dangerous as Gayle Jordan. We need to strongly reject her assault on faith and our Tennessee values. District 14 needs to send @ReevesforTN to the @tnsenate on March 13!

Jordan responded in a Facebook video that McNally shouldn’t be using taxpayer money “wasting time on Twitter attacking religious liberty:”

My Message to Lt. Gov McNally

We don't need another tax-payer funded Tweet'er in Chief. Let's get to work on the real issues at hand. Vote #TNValues March 13th. Vote Gayle Jordan for State Senate.Paid for by Campaign to Elect Gayle Jordan, Wanda Ogletree, Treasurer

Posted by Gayle Jordan for Senate, TN 14 on Saturday, March 3, 2018

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New House District 57 candidate pledges $150K toward unseating Rep. Susan Lynn in GOP primary

Aaron Shane, a Mt. Juliet businessman who immigrated from Canada, says he will put $150,000 in personal funds into a campaign to unseat state Rep. Susan Lynn in the Republican primary for House District 57, reports Tennessee Star.

Shane made the announcement of his significant personal financial commitment after beginning his … “mission to protect the families of District 57 and repeal the gas tax increase.”

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Rep. Jimmy Eldridge will run for Jackson mayor instead of reelection in House District 73

After nearly 16 years representing state House District 73, Republican state Rep. Jimmy Eldridge announced Friday he will not seek reelection and instead will seek election as mayor of Jackson in 2019, reports the Jackson Sun.

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Maury County Commission chairman seeks to succeed Rep. Butt in House District 64

Maury County Commission Chairman Michael Fulbright has announced as a candidate for the Republican nomination in House District 64, now held by retiring Rep. Shelia Butt (R-Columbia), reports the Columbia Daily Herald. He says the big issue for the area is preparing for rapid growth spilling over from Nashville.

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Rep. Johnnie Turner won’t seek reelection in House District 85

Press release from House Democratic Caucus

NASHVILLE – State Representative Johnnie Turner of Memphis today announced that she will not run for re-election when her current term ends later this year.  Turner has been a member of the State Legislature since January 2010 when she succeeded her late husband, Representative Larry Turner.

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Democratic attorney announces run in state Senate District 7, now held by Republican Briggs

Press release from Jamie Ballinger campaign

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Knoxville native Jamie Ballinger is excited to announce her run for Tennessee State Senate District Seven in Knox County. After graduating with honors from the University of Tennessee College of Law, Jamie became an attorney at London Amburn where she achieved the status of shareholder. In 2014, she joined Baker Donelson where she practices healthcare and employment law.  Continue reading

Candidate facing vote fraud allegations drops out of House District 57 race

Jeremy Hayes has withdrawn as a candidate for the GOP nomination in House District 57 – now held by Republican Rep. Susan Lynn — after becoming the subject of a vote fraud investigation involving contentions that he lived outside the district.

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Hawkins County mayor challenging Rep. Gary Hicks in House District 9

Outgoing Hawkins County Mayor Melville Bailey has announced he will challenge state Rep. Gary Hicks in the Republican primary for House District 9, reports the Rogersville Review.

“I am pleased to officially announce my candidacy for State Representative for District 9, serving Hawkins County and Hancock County,” Bailey said in a news release to the Review. “For the past seven and one-half years, I have faithfully served as Hawkins County’s Mayor, a job that has been both rewarding and challenging for me. Serving in this role has taught me the importance of governmental agencies working together to strengthen communities.”

…About eight weeks ago, Bailey said, he announced his intention not to seek a third term as Hawkins County’s Mayor.

“That was a difficult decision for me because I realized my role as County Mayor provided me with opportunities to meet and understand the needs of communities across our part of the region,” he said. “As I discussed my upcoming retirement with constituents, it became apparent that I had an opportunity to still serve this wonderful region by seeking the District 9 State Representative seat. As I thought more about seeking this position, I realized that being retired from a full time job would afford me the opportunity to continue to be available to the constituents, to local elected county officials in Hawkins County and Hancock County, and have time to fully commit to the needs of our region.”


Medical marijuana advocate running for state House after 100 ‘likes’ on Facebook

David Michel of Telford, a leading advocate for legalization of medical marijuana in the Tri-Cities area, is running as an independent for the state House District 6 seat now held by Rep. Micah Van Huss (R-Gray), according to the Johnson City Press.

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Reeves defeats Carr in Senate District 14 Republican primary

Murfreesboro businessman Shane Reeves defeated former state Rep. Joe Carr Thursday to win the Republican nomination in a Senate District 14 special election. Final unofficial results show Reeves with 4,720 votes to 2,556 for Carr (64.87 percent to 35.13 percent).

Democrat Gayle Jordan, a Murfreesboro attorney, was unopposed for the Democratic nomination. She got 574 votes and will face Reeves on March 13 in the special general election to fill the seat vacated by former Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville), who resigned to become state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Department’s rural development office in Tennessee.

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