The Special Election to replace Jim Tracy on January 25, 2018 features two Republican candidates and one Democrat. Tracy resigned to accept an appointment as the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tennessee State Rural Development Director. Early voting and absentee voting will begin on January 5 and go through January 20, 2016. The Moore County Election Office is located in the County Building at 241 Main Street in Lynchburg and will be open for voters to vote early at the ofÞ ce as follows: 9:00A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday 9:00 A.M. to 12 noon On Saturday The winner will participate in the Spring 2018 session of the Tennessee General Assembly, which will convene in January, prior to the general election. The 14th State Senate District covers parts of Rutherford County, all of Moore, Marshall, and Bedford Counties, and the northern two-thirds of Lincoln County.
Shane Reeves-Republican Reeves’ campaign website offers information about his background, as well as his policy positions on three things he says “I am focusing on” — strong families, building businesses and rethink healthcare: Strong Families – If you want a strong state, then we need to equip our state’s families with the necessary tools to attract quality jobs, educate our children, have clean air and water, have safe neighborhoods and tolerable traffic and can attend a house of worship freely on Sunday morning. Building Businesses – “Businesses are, too often, overtaxed, overregulated, over mandated, over litigated and often underappreciated. We need to clear the way for Tennessee to become an economic juggernaut and offer excellent high paying jobs.” Rethink Healthcare – “Tennessee has always been a thought leader in how we provide healthcare access to our citizens. With middle Tennessee’s emergence as the healthcare capital of the country, it is time for our state to take control of its own healthcare destiny. We must rethink complex issues in order to encourage greater competition within the healthcare marketplace to give the consumer more say with their healthcare choices. It is also imperative that we take, very seriously, the rising opiate crisis in order to protect those most vulnerable.” Reeves was endorsed on by the man he seeks to replace, State Sen. Tracy. Reeves is a supporter of Knoxville businessman and former Haslam administration commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Randy Boyd in his bid for the Republican nomination for governor. Reeves have an accomplished record in business, and currently serves as CEO of Murfreesboro based TwelveStones Health Partners. The 14th District State Senate special election marks Reeves’ first run for political office.
Joe Carr-Republican Former state Rep. Joe Carr has formally announced his candidacy to represent Tennessee’s 14th Senate District of the Tennessee General Assembly. “Tennessee has a great opportunity to assist President Trump in making America great again. To do that Tennessee needs to lead the way in removing unnecessary rules and regulations, enforcing the rule of law with those who enter our state illegally, supporting values that protect the life of the unborn, the protection of our Second Amendment Rights and, of course, the demonstrated willingness to fight for Tennessee’s Sovereignty from an ever-expanding federal government,” Carr said in a news release. “Specifically, we are going to need men and women in the Tennessee state Senate with the proven experience to stand Þ rm with Tennessee’s working families.” A member of the Republican Party for 40-plus years, Carr has started and sold two engineering companies. Elected to the state House in 2008, Carr served for six years in the Tennessee General Assembly before retiring in 2014 to run in the Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Lamar Alexander. Carr wrote and passed the nation’s first “No Sanctuary City Law,” the release said, wrote and passed some of the nation’s toughest illegal immigration laws. He also sponsored legislation to prevent those convicted of drug offenses from receiving welfare benefits. Carr was defeated by U.S. Rep. Diane Black in the 2016 Republican primary of Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. Black collected 64 percent of the vote to Carr’s 32 percent. “Tennesseans across the state have grown accustomed to my ability to lead the fight when the fight is right. Whether it was in the Tennessee General Assembly or taking on the establishment in Washington D.C., when I ran against Lamar Alexander in 2014 getting over 271,000 votes and coming within single digits. I have always responded by defending Tennessee’s values and principles,” Carr said. Earlier this year, Carr, who calls himself a “constitutional conservative,” said he had people reach out to him to gauge his interest in running for governor in 2018. Carr has lived in Rutherford County for almost 50 years. He and wife Ginny have lived on their family farm in Lascassas for 22 years and have three children.
Gayle Jordon-Democrat Gayle Jordan is running for the District 14 seat in the Senate of the State of Tennessee. With strong values around the issues of Healthcare and Insure TN, Education, Veterans’ Rights, Roads, and Religious Freedom, Gayle seeks the opportunity to be a voice for the residents of District 14. You’ll most likely see Gayle riding the roads of District 14 on her bicycle to meet the voters. A passionate cyclist and Ironman competitor, this farmer and lawyer is eager to hear your voices and to share with her constituents the exciting opportunities that lie ahead for everyone! Marriage Equality: Jordon “I am a fervent supporter of marriage equality. Jordon supports transgender people’s ability to choose their own gender identity, and have the country respect and honor that determination. She is Pro-choice and “relentlessly supports and will defend” the Constitutional right of a woman’s right to self-determination. Jordon states, “I support embracing and welcoming vetted refugee families in tr communities.” Regarding gun control, she says, “I support the 2nd amendment and would support common sense background checks, ensuring those convicted of domestic violence do not have access to guns. I am opposed to guns in parks, schools and bars.” “I believe the issue of The Bible being named The State Book violates the separation of church and state, creates excessive entanglement with religion and represents government endorsement of one religion over another, Jordon concluded.