A Roundup of Some Reports on Legislative Races

Kyle, DeBerry, Hardaway Win Democratic Shelby Battles
Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis defeated fellow Democratic Sen. Beverly Marrero in a closely watched race Thursday after the two were placed in the same district in this year’s legislative remapping…And in Memphis’ two state House races where four incumbent Democrats were paired off against each other, Rep. John DeBerry defeated Rep. Jeanne Richardson and financial consultant Ian Randolph in House District 90, while Rep. G.A. Hardaway ended Rep. Mike Kernell’s 38-year tenure in the legislature in their District 93 race. HERE.
Cobb Loses in Squeaker
In a lively Republican primary for the House District 31, Ron Travis, a Dayton businessman, beat Rep. Jim Cobb, R-Spring City, in the recently redrawn district that cut out Hamilton County, and now includes Rhea, Sequatchie, Bledsoe and part of Roane counties. Travis, 57, squeaked out a win, pulling 51 percent of the vote to Cobb’s 49 percent, but he lost in his home county of Rhea. HERE.
Hill Tops in House District 3
Blountville businessman Timothy Hill’s second attempt at winning Tennessee’s 3rd House District GOP primary was successful Thursday. Hill defeated former Mountain City Mayor Kevin Parsons and Bluff City Republicans Karen Greene Morrell and Thomas White. Hill garnered 2,851 votes compared to 1,544 for Parsons, 876 for Morrell, and 85 for White. In forums across the district, Hill insisted he was the conservative choice in the race. HERE.
Van Huss Unseats Ford
Republican newcomer Micah Van Huss entered the political arena for the first time Thursday and promptly knocked incumbent state Rep. Dale Ford, R-Jonesborough, out of the running for a chance at a fourth term. Van Huss will now face Democrat Michael Clark in the Nov. 6 election for the right to serve in Nashville as the 6th District House representative. Van Huss garnered 3,150 votes (53.8 percent) to Ford’s 2,699 (46.1 percent). HERE.
Calfee Beats Hurley
Challenger Kent Calfee beat incumbent Julia Hurley in Thursday’s Republican primary for the 32nd state House District. In November, Calfee will face Democrat Jack McNew for the seat. He held 59 percent of the vote over Hurley in unofficial returns late Thursday from the Roane County Election Commission. A grassroots campaign aided his win, according to Calfee. “The word-of-mouth thing,” the former Roane County commissioner said. “People would ask their friends about me and they know me and they knew I’d do a good job.” HERE.
Hensley Wins Senate GOP Nod
State Rep. Joey Hensley of Hohenwald clinched the Republican Primary race for State Senate District 28 Thursday, earning 12,586 — 76 percent — of the votes from the six-county district, according to preliminary state election data. Hensley will now go on to face Democratic candidate Ty Cobb — a Columbia firefighter and former member of the state House of Representatives — for the seat, which represents Maury, Giles, Lawrence, Lewis, Perry and Wayne counties. HERE.
Favors Favored Over Brown
One thing is certain after Thursday night’s election — Rep. Tommie Brown won’t be returning to the state House in January. JoAnne Favors carried Thursday night’s election with 72.2 percent of the vote in a newly drawn district that pitted two black Democratic stalwarts against one another in a bruising primary. HERE.

Kane in House District 89
Northwest Knox County voters on Thursday picked Roger Kane, an insurance and financial services agent, to represent the newly created 89th House District. Kane, a conservative who received the endorsement of the state’s largest organization devoted to opposing abortion, defeated three other candidates, garnering more than 42 percent of the vote. He moved to Knox County in 1996 from Texas. He has no Democratic opposition in the November election. HERE.
Farmer in House District 17
Republican Andrew Farmer cleared his biggest hurdle in the quest for the newly-created District 17 State Representative seat Thursday night with a decisive victory over opponents Roger Griffith and Larry Boggs in the Republican primary. HERE.
Senate 23, House 71 and 81
Winners in contested Republican primaries in state Senate District 24, state House District 71 and state House District 81 will move on to the general election, facing opposition from Democratic or independent challengers in November. Jackson Sun roundup HERE.
There Will Be Love in the House Again
Harold Love edged out incumbent Rep. Mary Pruitt in the Democratic primary for the 58th District state House seat.The race was as close at one point as two votes as precinct numbers trickled in, but in the end, Love defeated Pruitt, 1,312 votes to 1,272. Pruitt’s 2010 election opponent, Steven Turner, trailed with 764 votes. (Note: Love’s late father served in the legislator and had a campaign slogan, “Keep Love in the House.”) HERE.

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