Spivey elected to state House

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Tribune photo by Clint Confehr Surrounded by his family, newly-elected state Rep. Billy Spivey (R-Lewisburg) stands with, from left, daughters Madison and Mackenzie Spivey and from right, daughters Hannah and Haley, and wife, Kim.

From Staff Reports

Marshall County's new state representative is Billy Spivey, according to uncertified results issued Tuesday night at the county election office.

"I just carried the right message," Spivey said to explain why he won, citing "smaller government and lower taxes, and being willing to give it the effort we gave it two years ago."

His first run for state office was against now-retired state Rep. Eddie Bass (D-Prospect), a former Giles County sheriff, who won in a two-county district.

Redistricting was something Spivey mentioned in a broadcast interview as influencing results. It was expected that Marshall County votes would dictate results of the election since it's the only whole county in the new 92nd District. The parts of Lincoln, Franklin and Marion counties are largely rural with small hamlets.

Spivey won 3-2 over Marshall County businesswoman Vicki Cain, who intends to run again.

"Oh, yes," Cain said. "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."

Spivey's reaction: "I don't know what to think about that."

The hard part is yet to come, he said.

"All I've had to do is tell people what I'll do," he said. "Now, I've got to prove it."

Meanwhile, Cain is the new president of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce. She says she is very excited, and looking forward to serving in that position.

Cain called her race a first attempt; saying the campaign went well.

Her previous political experience came from helping her father, Calloway Crunk, with his campaigns. He was a city councilman for 28 years.

Cain's election night party was at The Powder Room, where the band was the Green Machine Band with all of its musicians born and raised in Marshall County. It was what Cain wanted for her party.

Spivey's victory party was at his home on Cornersville Highway.

Uncertified results show Spivey won with 13,079 votes, besting Cain's 8,503 votes.

"Jobs will be No. 1, but No. 2 will be schools," Spivey said in a broadcast interview about his goals.

His wife, Kim, is a teacher.

"But it's not just jobs, it's the right kind of jobs," said Spivey, who's a leading figure in developing a training center for wounded veterans. It's to be in the Marshall Medical Center's office building on North Ellington Parkway.

Spivey is a veteran of the Gulf War led by President George H.W. Bush.

He wants to develop "jobs that apply to all kinds of skills, so all can thrive," he said. Lewisburg was an industrial town and "when manufacturing took a hit," it severely affected Lewisburg.

The first election box reporting in Marshall County was from the Lewisburg Gas Department. Just before 8 p.m., it showed Spivey with 511 votes over Cain's 508 votes. Early reports from Franklin County showed Spivey leading with a 2-1 margin. Spivey's margin in Marion and Lincoln counties was greater than a 2-1 margin, according to early reports.

Tribune staff writers Karen Hall and Clint Confehr collaborated on this story.