Knoxville Has a Sen. Sue…. for a while

Following in her husband’s footsteps, Sue Atchley is the new 6th District state senator, reports Mike Donilla..
Knox County Commission in a close vote (Monday) afternoon selected Atchley, a Republican and the wife of a longtime member of the Tennessee General Assembly, to serve as interim successor to state Sen. Jamie Woodson.
“It’s an honor and truly a privilege,” said Atchley, 77. “It’s a caretaker’s job and to me that means helping the constituency. You wouldn’t believe the hours you spend on the phone. I didn’t realize there are that many people who needed help, and it’s very rewarding to be able to help them.”
Atchley will replace Woodson, who effectively resigned from her 6th Senate District spot to become president and CEO of State Collaborative on Reforming Education, or SCORE. State law required the commission to choose a temporary successor to serve until a special election is scheduled by the governor. It’s anticipated to coincide with Knoxville city elections Sept. 27 and Nov. 8.
Five candidates applied for the position and commissioners held public interviews last week.
Commissioners in a 6-4 vote picked Atchley. Carson Dailey, a former county ethics committee member and current chairman of the South Knoxville Republican Club, received the other votes.

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