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Senate District 18: Haile vs. Brewer

After winning a four-way Republican primary in August, retired longtime Gallatin pharmacy owner Ferrell Haile will face former Sumner County Democratic Party Chair and Hendersonville resident Maria Brewer in November for the Senate District 18 seat, observes The Tennessean.
For at least two decades, voters in the 18th state Senate district had always seen their incumbent representative on the ballot. But that changed in 2010, and for the second time in less than two years, the 18th is an open seat.
Voters in the district were subjected to a special election in early 2011 after the seat was vacated by former state senator Diane Black following her election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Then, when the Republican-led Tennessee General Assembly redrew district lines this year, it was the GOP incumbent in the 18th who was the biggest loser: The new maps drew Robertson County into District 25, meaning current state Sen. Kerry Roberts, who lives in Springfield, was suddenly a resident of a district with a seat not up for grabs until 2014. That left the 18th wide open again.
…The two candidates differ on certain aspects of education policy. Haile said he supports the voucher system that is expected to be considered in the upcoming legislative session, arguing such a program would foster competition that would benefit both public education and teachers as a whole.
Brewer, however, does not support vouchers, citing as an example the budget battle between the Sumner County Board of Education and Sumner County Commission that delayed the opening of schools this semester.
“If you start chipping away at that with vouchers, you’re cutting into that broad base of support for public schools,” she said.

Both candidates said they are unhappy with the idea of virtual schools programs allowed under a law passed in 2011.

A Bredesen Becomes a Brewer

Ben Bredesen, Qualifacts Marketing Vice President and son of former Gov. Phil Bredesen, is leaving the health care software company after eight years to start a beer brewery in Nashville, reports The City Paper.
At the beginning of this month, Bredesen filed incorporation documents for Fat Bottom, which he says will be a small but not insignificant operation.
“It will be a production brewery, not a pub or anything like that,” he said.
The brewery will begin with distribution and kegging operations. Bredesen said that he would like to get into bottling but that such an operation comes with significant costs. Asked what variety of beers Fat Bottom will produce, he told NashvillePost.com, “that hasn’t been nailed down yet.”

Tennessean Political Editor Clint Brewer Takes ECD Job

News release from Department of Economic and Community Development:
NASHVILLE — Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today named veteran journalist Clint Brewer as Assistant Commissioner, Communications and Creative Services.
“I’m pleased to have someone with Clint Brewer’s depth of experience joining our economic development leadership team,” said Commissioner Hagerty. “As a former business owner and media executive, Clint Brewer will effectively lead our department’s communications and marketing efforts.”
“I’m grateful to Governor Haslam and Commissioner Hagerty for this opportunity,” said Brewer. “Tennessee is one of the very best places in this country to do business, and I am excited to help spread that message.”
Brewer comes to ECD with more than 15 years experience in the Tennessee media as an award-winning reporter, editor and publisher. He was previously at The Tennessean in Nashville as the newspaper’s political editor. He has also previously served as editor of the daily Lebanon Democrat and of Nashville’s City Paper. Brewer started his own company in 2000 where he owned the Mt. Juliet News, a weekly newspaper in Wilson County.
Prior to his tenure at the Tennessean, Brewer was executive director of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, a non-profit, free market think tank.
Brewer is a native of Knoxville, TN and a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He was national president of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2007-08, where he led a lobbying effort in the U.S. House and Senate to see a national reporter shield law passed. He is a former board member of the Tennessee Press Association, and served as the co-chair of TPA’s Government Affairs committee during the last legislative session.
In his current role, Brewer will lead all communications and marketing efforts for ECD, including oversight of the department’s press and creative services teams. ECD’s Communications and Creative Services division keeps staff, legislators, other state and city departments, local agencies, the media and the general public informed of ECD services, programs and activities. The division also provides strategic communications planning for the department and the coordination and execution of all ECD public events.