Stacey’s Choice Applies for Temporary State Senate Seat

Steve Hill, who lost to Stacey Campfield in the state Senate District 7 Republican primary on Aug. 5, has applied for the job on a temporary basis, the News Sentinel reports. That’s apparently with Campfield’s blessing, since the state representative had suggested Hill as the ideal temporary senator in a recent blog post.
Hill is one of eight to apply so far for appointment as successor to state Sen. Tim Burchett, R-Knoxville, who will resign as senator after being sworn in as Knox County mayor on Wednesday. The Knox County Commission will appoint someone to succeed him until the Nov. 2 election – basically a two-month appointment with no duties other than collecting the senatorial salary of $1,500 per month or so. (Unless Gov. Phil Bredesen calls the Legislature into special October session or some such.)
Also applying is Chuck Williams, who is running for the Burchett seat as an independent against Campfield, the Republican nominee, and Randy Walker, the Democratic nominee.

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