Woodson Revises Resignation Date to July 9 With Election in Mind (her successor’s)

Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Jamie Woodson has delayed resignation from her Senate seat until July 9.
Woodson, R-Knoxville, said she submitted a revised letter of resignation Friday to Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey because an earlier resignation could cause legal problems in fixing election dates to avoid extra expense.
Originally, Woodson planned to resign effective upon the end of the General Assembly’s 2011 session or July 1, whichever came first. After consulting with various officials, it was determined that July 9 is the preferred date for the resignation, she said.
With the Senate District seat becoming vacant on that date, the timing laid out in various statutes governing special elections will make the primary election for her successor fall at the same time as the Knoxville city elections on Sept. 27.
Woodson announced earlier she will give up her seat to become head of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

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