Senate District 6 Race Down to Two Women?

Knox County Commission Chairman Mike Hammond has decided not to run in the Republican primary for the 6th District state Senate seat after considering it for a month, leaving the race right now between Knoxville City Councilwoman Marilyn Roddy and Sertoma Center executive Becky Duncan Massey.
Excerpts from Georgiana Vines column:
Massey, sister to U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. and daughter of the late U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Sr., …saod that once “we see the pace,” she’ll decide about taking “some” leave from her position as executive director at the Sertoma Center, an agency that receives state money under contract to serve some 100 persons who are disabled or handicapped.
…Duncan Jr. joined other family members in attending her announcement at the Holston Chilhowee ball park on Chapman Highway.
Afterward he indicated Roddy’s jump into the race a day after Woodson’s announcement may have given her an immediate advantage but that he expected Massey to catch up.
“The Kentucky Derby shows the first one out of the box doesn’t always win,” alluding to Shackleford, who was leading initially in the May 7 derby only to lose to the winner, Animal Kingdom.
“I didn’t put her in the race. She’s an independent woman, always has been and always will be. There are no Duncan women I know of who are meek and unliberated,” he said, laughing.

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