Spivey enters Senate election for Tracy’s seat
Former State Representative Billy Spivey of Lewisburg has entered the race for the 14th District State Senate seat.
Spivey issued a release on Thursday morning announcing his run for the seat vacated in November by Jim Tracy.
Tracy served in the Senate for 13 years before accepting the nomination to serve as the Director of Rural Development for Tennessee with the United States Department of Agriculture, triggering a special election for his unfinished term.
The 14th Senate District covers Marshall, Bedford, Lincoln, Moore, and part of Rutherford Counties.
Spivey served two terms in the General Assembly as the state representative for the 92nd District, which covers all of Marshall County with parts of Lincoln, Franklin, and Marion Counties included.
He decided against running for re-election last year, citing a frustration with the legislature and increased demands on his time.
“I wasn’t able to get accomplished what I wanted to,” Spivey said in an April 20, 2016, article in the Tribune, “and I didn’t have the time that the job or the district deserved.”
Spivey said in the same article, “There may come a time when life permits me to serve again.”
That time is apparently now.
“Like many hard-working, patriotic Tennesseans, I’ve come to realize that our state and national systems are broken,” Spivey said in his statement.
Spivey cited his experience in the House fixing issues important to Tennesseans.
“Over two terms in the Tennessee House, I took on Common Core. I took on policing for profit, I took on the Hall Tax. And I won,” he said.
“These are the reasons that I humbly request the votes of the good people of District 14, and promise, if elected, to bring true conservative, anti-Establishment change to Nashville . . . where we all know it’s desperately needed,” his statement concluded.
Spivey joins Shane Reeves and Joe Carr in the Republican primary.
Reeves, a Murfreesboro businessman, has been endorsed by Tracy in the race.
Carr served for several years as a state representative for the 48th District covering the eastern half of Rutherford County.
The primary will be held on Thursday, Jan. 25, and the general election on Tuesday, March 25.
Candidates have until Dec. 14 to submit their paperwork to qualify for the ballot.
Voters have until Dec. 27 to register to vote in the primary.
Early voting for the primary will begin on Jan. 5.