legislative campaigns

Reeves raising and spending more than Carr in Senate District 14 special election

The Republican primary in the special election to succeed Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville is on Thursday. Campaign finance reports show Murfreesboro businessman has raised nearly four times as much from outside sources as former state Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas.

Reeves reported $170,413 in contributions, plus $150,000 in loans to his campaign. He spent $268,550 and had $51,863 remaining for the final days of the race. Carr reported raised $43,400 and loaned his campaign $100,000. He spent $107,956 and had $47,124 remaining.

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Newbern mayor backs out of challenging Rep. Sanderson in House District 77

Newbern Mayor Justin Wright, who last summer announced he would challenge state Rep. Bill Sanderson of Kenton in the 2018 Republican primary for House District 77, has changed his mind and withdrawn from the race, reports the Dyersburg State Gazette.

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Interim successor to Pody picked for House District 46: Clark Boyd, former county GOP chair

Clark Boyd, the owner of a Lebanon insurance agency who ran unsuccessfully against Mae Beavers in the 2014 Republican primary for the state Senate District 17 seat, was chosen by the Wilson County Commission Wednesday evening to serve as a state representative on an interim basis. He is also a former Wilson County GOP chairman.

Boyd replaces former Rep. Mark Pody,  who resigned the House District 46 seat after winning a special election to succeed Beavers in the Senate. With his appointment, the House is back to a full 99 members.

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At least 18 events held in legislators’ last-minute fundraising rush

At least 18 state legislators, leadership PACs or party caucuses held fundraising events just ahead of today’s 2018 opening session of the General Assembly, reports the Times Free Press, basing the estimate on lobbyists keeping count of invitations received.

When the session begins at noon today, a blackout on fundraising begins that will continue until the end of the session or May 15, whichever comes first (and most think the session will end in April this year).

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Rep. Akbari launches run for state Senate

State Rep. Raumesh Akbari, who has been engaged in an exploratory campaign for the state Senate, Monday picked up qualifying papers for the seat being vacated by Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris and declared her candidacy, reports WATN-TV.

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Reeves campaign denies Tracy violated Hatch Act

The Shane Reeves for State Senate campaign is denying former Sen. Jim Tracy violated the Hatch Act by holding a political fundraiser after he took a job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, reports the Murfreesboro Post.

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State Rep. Courtney Rogers won’t seek reelection

State Rep. Courtney Rogers, R-Goodlettsville, has announced she will not seek reelection in House District 45 this year, becoming the latest to join a long list of departing incumbents.

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Hatch Act complaint filed against Jim Tracy as fundraiser host

John Anderson of Bell Buckle, a retired teacher and unsuccessful candidate for the 4th Congressional District nomination in 2014, says he has filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel that accuses former state Sen. Jim Tracy of violating the federal “Hatch Act” by hosting a fundraiser for state Senate candidate Shane Reeves.

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Cancer survivor running as Democrat against Kelsey in Senate District 31

Gabriela Salinas, a native of Bolivia who gained media attention as a childhood cancer survivor treated at St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, is seeking the Democratic nomination to the state Senate seat now held by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown. WMC-TV says her life story “has plot twists worthy of a Steven Spielberg film.”

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Rep. Kevin Brooks won’t seek reelection; running for Cleveland mayor instead

Longtime Cleveland, Tenn., Mayor Tom Rowland announced Thursday that he will not seek reelection to another term and endorsed state Rep. Kevin Brooks to succeed him, reports the Cleveland Daily Banner. Brooks announced he will not seek reelection to his House District 24 seat and will run for mayor.

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