Mike Alford, a candidate for State Sen. District 7, signed incumbent Sen. Stacey Campfield’s candidate qualifying petition back in March, reports WATE-TV.
According to the Knox County Election Commission, Alford’s petition was picked up April 2 and submitted April 3, the deadline for submitting petitions. (Campfield’s petition was filed March 28. Richard Briggs is also running against Campfield in the August Republican primary.)
Alford said when he signed Campfield’s nominating petition, he (had not yet decided) to run.
“The idea was always there in the back of my mind but it was a last second split decision to decide even though I did sign his petition,” Alford said.
Alford said he did not pick up his own petition because he was in Nashville at the time. Instead, as first reported by the Knoxville News Sentinel, Bryan Dodson picked up the petition for Alford. (Dodson has worked as a legislative staff and as a campaign aide for Campfield.)
… “I called a couple people and nobody was available,” Alford said. “Somebody suggested I call Bryan and he wasn’t working for Stacey no more so I called him up because he could grab it walk in and walk right out.”
…Despite speculation that Alford is running to split the vote for Richard Briggs in Campfield’s favor, Alford told 6 News he is not running as a political tactic for Campfield.
“People that know me decided or talked me into throwing my name in the hat,” Alford said.
…In the 2010 primary, three candidates against Campfield (combined) received more than 50 percent of the vote (though Campfield won with a plurality).