Vines on Senate District 6 Race Shaping Up

Becky Duncan Massey’s decision to run to succeed Speaker Pro Tempore Jamie Woodson, R-Knoxville, pits two women who are considered strong competitors against each other in the special state Senate District 6 race, reports Georgiana Vines..
Massey, executive director of the Sertoma Center and sister of U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., will formally announce Monday. Councilwoman Marilyn Roddy already is out campaigning after withdrawing from the Knoxville mayor’s race.
Massey said Thursday she would have the press conference to announce her candidacy. “I wanted to end speculation,” she said. She is naming attorney Howard Vogel as her treasurer.
The ballpark (where the announcement will be made) is in the Holston Hills area where she grew up when her late father, John Duncan Sr., was mayor and a congressman. She is an aunt to Knox County Trustee John Duncan III.
…Roddy has named J.E. Henry, a retired Regal Entertainment Group executive, as her campaign treasurer. She had a fundraiser on Sunday and has announced another for May 24 with more than 100 people – many of them Republicans – serving on the host committee.
…Knox County Commission Chairman Mike Hammond, a Republican, said he’ll make a decision next week about seeking the post. He planned to talk with his family, which is having a reunion this weekend, about the situation, he said.
Issues to consider are the time away from Knoxville plus his job situation, he said. Hammond is WIVK program director and operations manager.
“Plus the other thing – I’m only in one year of a four-year term. Do I want to give up that term when I have three more years left?” he said.
While the Senate district leans Republican, Democrats may have a candidate or two. But it won’t include lawyer Wayne Ritchie, a former state House member.
In an email he said he would not seek the nomination, but was “glad to see some strong interest in the seat from a number of good candidates.

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