Knoxville Mayor Candidate Roddy Eyes Race for State Senate

Knoxville Councilwoman Marilyn Roddy, the frontrunner in raising money for the nonpartisan Knoxville mayor’s race, said today that she is considering running for the state Senate, reports Georgiana Vines.
Specifically, Roddy is mulling seeking the seat being vacated by Speaker Pro Tempore Jamie Woodson, a Republican representing the 6th District Senate seat in Knox County.
She was vague when asked whether a Senate bid would mean ending her mayoral race.
“This is a situation that has arisen very suddenly,” Roddy said. “It is something my family is thinking about and praying about. Any decision like this has to involve your family first.”
Roddy, interviewed by phone from Nashville, acknowledged she had met with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, the Republican speaker from Blountville. Roddy, also a Republican, said a daughter had a lacrosse game that took her to the area.
She gave as her reason for meeting with Ramsey that “any future mayor needs to know how state government works.”

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