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On Replacing Jamie Woodson: Ben Atchley (or wife Sue) as a Caretaker?sis?

Georgiana Vines takes a look at the money aspect of the developing race to succeed state Sen. Jamie Woodson, R-Knoxville, who has announced plans to resign at the end of the current session. There’s a rundown on prospective candidates, too.
City Councilwoman Marilyin Roddy, who announced she’s dropping a run for Knoxville mayor to seek the Senate seat instead, “appears to be narrowing the field of other candidates in one respect – fundraising.” She had been lead fundraiser in the mayor’s race.
A fundraiser planned for May 1 in her mayoral race will continue as a Senate fundraiser, she said Thursday in an interview. It will be held at the home of Dr. Linett Wilkerson in The Holston building downtown on Gay Street.
Chris Connolly, her campaign manager in the mayor’s race, will run her Senate campaign, she said. Ward Baker, a Nashville political consultant who has directed strategies for U.S. Reps. Marsha Blackwell and Diane Black, will be a consultant.
Knox County Commissioner Dave Wright, who represents the 8th District, said he feels “good” that people have mentioned him as a prospective Senate candidate but he considers it a “passing-fancy sort of thing. I would never have countywide support in dollars that Marilyn has.
….Commission Chairman Mike Hammond, who is at an-large commissioner, has said he’s exploring the race. So is former state Rep. Jim Boyer.
A potential candidate who could raise money is Becky Duncan Massey, sister of U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., R-Knoxville, and executive director of the Sertoma Center.
…(Former state Senate Republican Leader Ben) Atchley or his wife, Sue, are being mentioned as a potential appointment on an interim basis.
“That might be a possibility,” Ben Atchley said.
“I don’t know. That kind of blows my mind,” Sue Atchley said.
While county commissioners haven’t discussed it, they are likely to appoint someone who would be a “caretaker,” Hammond said.