Gov. Bill Haslam has issued a write of election, setting the primary and general special election dates to fill Tennessee’s 14th District seat in the state senate vacated by Jim Tracy earlier this month. The special primary election will be held on Jan. 25, and the special general election will be held on March 13, according to an election notice published by the Moore County Election Commission in today’s edition of The News. The qualifying deadline for the January primary is at noon on Dec. 14. Tracy, who has represented the district in the state senate since 2004, resigned on Nov. 6 after being appointed by President Donald Trump to serve as Tennessee rural development director for the U.S. Agriculture Department. Tracy’s resignation triggered the special election. As state senator for Tennessee’s 14th District, Tracy represented Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall, Moore and parts of Rutherford counties. Lincoln County will fund the cost of the special primary and special general elections here, with the state reimbursing those costs later on. Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett tweeted on Sunday that he had accepted the writ. It was news Lt. Gov. Randy McNally also shared, saying, “The election to Þ ll the big shoes of @jimtracy has been set.” In his letter of resignation to Haslam, Tracy said it had been a distinct honor and privilege to serve the people of the 14th Senatorial District. “I have enjoyed membership on various Senate committees, as well as performing the duties of speaker pro tempore of the Senate in 2017,” he wrote. “My constituents have always been my Þ rst priority, and I appreciate the opportunity they gave me to be a part of the Tennessee General Assembly.” A Republican from Shelbyville, Tracy was first elected to the Senate in 2004 and steadily rose through the ranks. He previously served as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and became Speaker Pro Tempore earlier this year. In addition, he served as a member of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, the S e n a t e Transportation and Safety Committee, the Joint Committee, Council for Pensions and Insurance, and the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. Tracy replaces Harriet Cannon with the USDA’s Rural Development office, which provides a variety of loans and grants to businesses and families. Cannon served as interim director after Bobby Goode resigned from the position in January. Tracy is an insurance agent and former science teacher, coach and TSSAA and NCAA basketball referee. He has been a small business owner and leader in Bedford County for over 25 years. He and his wife, Trena, have raised three sons.