State House race attracting more candidates

Friday, March 16, 2012

From staff reports

Given recent records at the Marshall County Election Commission, it would appear that there could be two primaries for selection of candidates to run for the state House seat to represent Marshall County in the Tennessee Legislature.

County Commissioner Roy Allen "Rocky" Bowden, chairman of the Marshall County Board of Public Utilities, has picked up a petition to be a candidate for the Democratic nomination to run for the 92nd District seat in the state House of Representatives.

Mary Rene Baxter of 660 Hull Ave., Lewisburg, has also picked up a petition to run in the Democratic Primary held on Aug. 2 in all of Marshall County and parts of Lincoln, Franklin and Marion counties that comprise the new 92nd District. Placing Marshall with parts of three other counties separates it from Giles County, which is now paired with part of Lawrence County because of reapportionment by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

If Baxter and Bowden do file petitions to run in the Democratic primary - and petitions are due in less than two weeks, at noon April 5 - then one of them will probably face the Republican nominee in the general election on Nov. 6.

It's been known for months that former Marshall County Commission Chairman Billy Spivey, the man who challenged state Rep. Eddie Bass in 2010, would run for the new house seat. So far, he's the only person to file a petition to run in the Republican primary to be the GOP candidate on the Nov. 6 ballot for state representative in District 92.

Two Lincoln County residents, Ann Bankston and Larry C. Taft, have picked up petitions to run for the Republican nomination so they might campaign to be the state representative from the 92nd District.

If they file, then there would be a three-way race for the GOP nomination.

Reapportionment has also affected...for the rest of the story pick up a copy of the Marshall County Tribune!