Former Rep. Shipley eyes run for Senate District 10

Seven people have now picked up the paperwork needed to run for the state Senate District 4 seat being vacated by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, reports the Kingsport Times-News.

Among the latest potential contenders are former state Rep. Tony Shipley, who lost his House seat two years ago, and Kingsport lawyer Alice Alexander, who lost a run for county attorney in 2014.

Alexander and Shipley joined Brad Baker and Steve Godsey (former county mayor and state representative) as would-be candidates who have picked up, but not yet filed, the qualifying paperwork.

State Rep. Jon Lundberg filed his qualifying petition on March 18, followed by Neal Kerney on March 21 and John Paul Blevins on Monday.

…Meanwhile, five hopefuls have picked up the paperwork to run for the District 1 House seat Lundberg has held for 10 years.

They include: Sullivan County Commissioner John Crawford (filed Monday); Bristol Tennessee City Council member Michelle Denise; Bristol Tennessee Vice Mayor Chad Keen; Bart Long (former county commissioner and register of deeds, filed Monday); and Sullivan County Commissioner Mark Vance.

Lundberg was elected to the House in the 2006 general election, after first besting Crawford in the Republican primary earlier that year by only 22 votes — 1,793 to 1,771.