Legislative nominees are Billy Spivey, Vicki Cain

Friday, August 3, 2012

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

Marshall County has both the Republican and the Democratic parties' nominees for the open state House seat created during redistricting.

Republican Billy Spivey now faces Democrat Vicki Cain in the state general election to be conducted in November when the presidential election is conducted.

The new 92nd District state House representative will have all the residents of Marshall County as constituents, but residents in only parts of Lincoln, Franklin and Marion counties are in the rest of the new district.

It was widely expected that Spivey, the former Marshall County Commission chairman - a candidate who challenged now-retiring state Rep. Eddie Bass two years ago - would win the nomination as he received substantial party support in 2010.

Spivey became the Republican nominee over three other candidates: Travis Monroe, also of Lewisburg; Larry Taft of Lincoln County; and Ann Bankston, also of Lincoln County.

Cain conducted her first political campaign this summer, but she won by a great majority of the votes cast in the Democratic primary for the nomination.

She won that primary by a landslide with 74 percent of the votes. Her rivals were Mary Rene Baxter and Anita Tipton.

Spivey won 72 percent of the votes.

"It's going to be a long next few months toward the next election and hopefully, it won't be as hot," Cain said. "I do want to thank my opponents because it was a good clean race.

"I'm just excited and ready to work all over again," she said.

Asked about her vote counts in the other counties, Cain said, "Because I was running for the first time, think I did OK. I'll work harder to get them behind me like I did here."

Spivey felt "very honored" to win the nomination.

"I certainly didn't expect to win with that kind of a margin," he said. "I've already received some strong words of encouragement going into the general election."

He, too, complimented rivals.

"I'm blessed to be in a race with the people of the caliber of Ann Bankston and Travis Monroe," he said, noting that the campaign provided an opportunity to develop "close relationships" with those candidates.

Those "are the relationships we have to treasure and not take for granted," Spivey said.

He declined to add anything about Taft.

"I never had the opportunity to meet with him," Spivey said. "The others, I was fortunate to be able to cultivate a friendship with, but it's onward and upward now.

"I'm looking forward to November," he said.