June 16, 2006
Battle for the General Assembly 2006: House Districts 24-34
Now we're getting close to home, though not on the home stretch by any means.
District 24 (part of Bradley County)
Rep. Dewayne Bunch seeks an opportunity to serve in a different capacity, due to Sen. Jeff Miller's announcement that he won't be returning to the campaign trail. Miller, you'll recall, has had some explaining to do on several accounts: his extramarital affair and divorce in light of his "marriage protection" sponsorship; his receipt of $1,000 in E-Cycle money from convicted "bagman" Charles Love; and his threats against a local weekly paper after they sought answers on some of the above. But that's a different governing body, and this is about 24th House. The five Republican candidates, one of whom will likely become the next Representative with a mere plurality vote, are Kevin Brooks, Greg Cain, Garry Moore, Hal Roe, and Michael Willis.
District 25 (Cumberland County; part of Bledsoe County)
No primary here; we'll revisit the general election matchup between incumbent Rep. Eric Swafford and challenger Robert Safdie after Labor Day.
District 26 (part of Hamilton County)
Republican Rep. Gerald McCormick is unopposed.
District 27 (part of Hamilton County)
I lived in this district when former Rep. Bill McAfee retired and several newcomers sought the seat. I voted for Rick McAfee (no relation?) in the GOP primary, then for Stuart James, who's now chair of the Hamilton County Democratic Party, in the general. This was all in an effort to prevent Chris Clem from winning. You know how that turned out. Now it's Clem that's moving on, and I no longer live there. Those who do will choose a Republican nominee, either Howard Cotter or Richard Floyd, to face Democrat and transportation executive Bill Lusk. The district leans heavily Republican, but Lusk is a well-financed candidate. We'll see what happens.
District 28 (part of Hamilton County)
No primary here; we'll revisit the general election matchup between incumbent Rep. Tommie Brown and independent challenger "Ike" Robinson after Labor Day.
District 29 (part of Hamilton County)
Democratic Rep. JoAnne Favors is unopposed.
District 30 (part of Hamilton County
My representative, whom I've never heard speak nor read of his votes on anything, is Republican Vince Dean. He's also mayor of East Ridge. Dean was appointed to the House by the county commission after former Rep. Jack Sharp passed away earlier this year. No one else qualified to run, so Vince Dean is unopposed in August and in November.
District 31 (Rhea County; part of Hamilton County)
This is another in the list of open seats that help define this year's battle. It's safe Republican, though, so in that sense it's just a replacement. Rep. Bo Watson is running (without opposition) for David Fowler's Senate seat, and the primary contenders looking to replace him are Jim Cobb, Randy Fairbanks, Chris Lanier, John McDougal, George Thacker and Ed Warren. The winner among these six will face the lone Democrat, Glenn Moseley, in the general election.
District 32 (Roane County; part of Loudon County)
Democratic Rep. Dennis Ferguson is unopposed.
District 33 (part of Anderson County)
No primary; we'll revisit the general election matchup between incumbent Rep. Jim Hackworth and challenger David Massengill after Labor Day.
District 34 (part of Rutherford County)
Two Democrats, Mary Esther Bell and Jimmy Richardson III, will square off for the chance at defeating Rep. Donna Rowland in the fall.
The numbering of districts doesn't always follow a nice geographical flow, does it? That's why District 35 was included with the East Tennessee set, and yet I don't have the energy right now to keep breaking things up according to the map. The next post on this topic will continue with 36 and keep the numerical sequence intact, I guess. It will all work out fine by the time we get to 83-99 (except 94 seems a little off track, to me).
To see all the candidates for the Tennessee House of Representatives, click here.
State House Elections | By joe lance | 10:58 PM