Dean to Stick With House Seat

State Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, says he plans to seek re-election to his House District 30 seat and not run for the state Senate, reports the Chattanooga TFP.
“I will be submitting my qualification papers on Monday morning to the Hamilton County Election Commission,” Dean said in a statement.
Dean said that, while he has been “overwhelmed by friends and supporters that have urged me to seek Senate District 10, I feel that currently, I need to continue my focus on my House duties.”
Senate District 10 has leaned Democratic in the past but now favors Republicans as a result of the recent passage of a GOP-drawn redistricting plan by the state Legislature. The seat is now held by Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga, who has announced he won’t run again and seriously is considering a 2013 race for Chattanooga mayor.

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