legislative campaigns

Reeves TV ad in Senate District 14: ‘Will fight for the Trump agenda in TN’

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Rep. John Forgety, R-Athens, won’t seek reelection in House District 23

Republican state Rep. John Forgety of Athens, chairman of the House Education Instructions and Program Committee, has announced he will retire from the legislature after completing his fourth term in 2018.

Forgety, 71, a former teacher and military veteran, announced his decision in this letter, published by the Daily Post Athenian, and addressed to “the citizens of the 23rd District of the Tennessee House of Representatives of McMinn and Monroe counties”:

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Pody wins Senate District 17 seat by 308 votes (updated with comments)

Republican state Rep. Mark Pody defeated Democrat Mary Alice Carfi by about 300 votes in a special election Tuesday — according to unofficial returns — to fill the state Senate District 17 seat vacated by former Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mount Juliet. Pody is a longtime friend and ally of Beavers.

From the Lebanon Democrat:

Pody received 5,990 votes in District 17, while Carfi received 5,682. Pody won in Cannon, Macon and Wilson counties, while Carfi won in Clay, DeKalb and Smith counties. Four of the six counties were decided by 3 percent or fewer votes. The largest difference came from Macon County, where Pody won 64.26 percent to Carfi’s 35.74 percent.

“This was a team effort,” said Pody. “I want to thank everybody who worked for my campaign, but most of all I want to thank God, because without Him, I don’t get this win.”

According to Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren, there are 13 provisional ballots in Wilson County, and he expects a similar number from other counties, which wouldn’t be enough to change the outcome. The election will be certified Dec. 28, and the provisional votes will be counted then.

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Early vote turnout light in Senate District 17 special election

A total of just 5,295 early votes were cast in the state Senate District 17 special election contest between Republican Mark Pody nd Democrat Mary Alice Carfi, according to the state Division of Elections. Election day is Tuesday with Pody, currently a state representative, a heavy favorite – but Democrats are hoping Mt. Juliet attorney Carfi can pull off an upset in the seat vacated by Sen. Mae Beavers, who is running for governor.

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Akbari eyes run for state Senate District 29 seat

State Rep. Raumesh Akbari, D-Memphis, is formally exploring a run in state Senate District 29, where incumbent Sen. Lee Harris, D-Memphis, says he will not seek reelection and instead will run for Shelby County mayor next year.

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Spivey disqualified from running in Senate District 14

Former State Rep. Billy Spivey, R-Lewisburg, has been  was disqualified as a candidate for the  Senate District 14 seat because he hasn’t paid a fine levied by the Registry of Election Finance, reports the Shelbyville Times-Gazette. Under state law, unpaid civil penalties for past campaign finance law violations mean the person in violation cannot run for office until the fines are paid — and Spivey hadn’t paid when the qualifying deadline passed on Thursday.

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Blount County Commission chair succeeds Swann in House District 8

Blount County Commission Chairman Jerome Moon was chosen to succeed former state Rep. Art Swann in House District 8 with 16-2 vote by colleagues on the commission Tuesday, reports the Maryville-Alcoa Daily Times.

Swann had resigned the House seat after the commission earlier appointed him to fill the Senate District 2 seat vacated by former Sen. Doug Overbey, who resigned after being appointed U.S. Attorney for East Tennessee.

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Republican who lost to Fitzhugh in 2016 tries again in House District 82

Press release from Andy Cole campaign

Alamo, Tenn.– Andy Cole announced on Tuesday his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the Tennessee House of Representatives for the 82nd District (now held by House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, who is running for the Democratic nomination as governor rather than seeking reelection).

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Maury County GOP chairman seeks House District 64 seat

Maury County Republican Chairman Cepicky has announced he will run for the House District 64 seat being vacated next year by Rep. Shelia Butt, R-Columbia.

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Joe Carr runs first radio ads in Senate District

Press release from Joe Carr campaign

LASCASSAS, TN. Conservative Republican Joe Carr has launched his first radio ads for the special election in the 14th State Senate Republican primary election scheduled for January 25th. The Special Election arose when State Senator Jim Tracy resigned to accept an appointment from President Donald Trump. Carr’s ad emphasizes the fact that an election in January is unusual, but important. He also emphasizes his conservative approach to several key issues, including repeal of the gas tax increase passed by the Tennessee legislature earlier this year, his commitment to stop taxpayer subsidies of tuition for in-state tuition for illegal aliens, a commitment to secure our borders and to stop any expansion of Obamacare in Tennessee.

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