With two Lewisburg residents on the ballot Tuesday, Marshall County residents have extra reasons to go to the polls 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday when Tennesseans are electing a new governor, congressmen and state lawmakers.
Former Marshall County Commission Chairman Billy Spivey, a Lewisburg Republican, is challenging two-term state Rep. Eddie Bass (D-Prospect), a former Giles County sheriff who says he's comfortable with his voting record on Capitol Hill in Nashville.
With substantial support from the GOP, Spivey has campaigned for continued change in the state House that went 140 years in Democratic hands.
Meanwhile, Michael Knois of Lewisburg is one of 14 Independent candidates on Tuesday's ballot in the race for governor that would appear to be dominated by the political parties' nominees.
Banker and beer distributor Mike McWherter, son of former Gov. Ned McWherter, is the Democrats' nominee facing Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, the Republican with a family truck stop business. Gov. Phil Bredesen can't run for re-election because of term limits.
U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Murfreesboro) decided against running for re-election after a quarter century in office. His successor will be either state Sen. Diane Black (R-Gallatin) or Brett Carter, a Wilson County Democrat who's been working as an attorney in Nashville since his return from Army service in Iraq.
Marshall County is currently represented by two-term state Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) who's being challenged by Columbia Councilwoman Debbie Matthews, a Democrat.