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On Senate District 8 and a Campaign Relationship

The four-candidate race in Senate District has been reviews Hank Hayes. An excerpt.
Jackson, meanwhile, is hoping her name identification in Hawkins County
— the district’s largest county in population — will push her ahead,
although she finished third in the 2010 GOP Primary for the county
mayor’s race.
“I have put out more than 1,000 signs…I’m running a retail campaign,
going door-to-door and seeing people face to face,” said Jackson, a Realtor.
Rice, however, takes issue with Jackson’s connection to former state
Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens, a Rogersville Democrat.
“I signed her (nominating) petition; (but) I told her that after quite a
bit of encouragement from the leadership of the Republican Party in our
district (and beyond ), that I had also decided to run for the state
Senate seat,” Rice said in an e-mail. “She stood up and looked extremely
upset; then told me that Ken Givens was going to be able to raise quite
a bit of ($249,000) money for her and that I couldn’t raise near that
much and that (Givens) could get Democrats to cross over and vote in the
Republican Primary.”
In response to Rice’s e-mail, Jackson said: “I did not say anything like
that….We didn’t discuss anything about money. He must have a bad
memory or he is not telling the truth.”
Givens, a former state representative and a widower, acknowledged he’s
in a relationship with Jackson.
“When she announced she was running for state Senate, I would think that
most people would understand that someone seeing someone would probably
support them,” Givens explained. “…If I’m from Hawkins County, it
would only make sense that I would want somebody from Hawkins County
whether I was seeing Cynthia or not…I’m not ashamed or timid that I
would back a Hawkins Countian…I don’t have any plan to go after
Democrat votes. That’s something people decide for themselves.”
Aside from attacking Jackson, Rice said he’s focusing on jobs and
education in his campaign appearances.


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Of Horse Slaughter, Deer, Milk and Senate District 8 Campaign

Horse slaughter, deer farming and raw milk sales might be ignored in most political campaigns, but not in this summer’s four-candidate, six-county Republican primary race that will decide who succeeds retiring state Sen. Mike Faulk.
“The horse is a very intelligent animal. In my personal opinion and the opinion of humane societies I’ve talked with, we don’t need to be killing them for human consumption,” said candidate Jeff Brantley of Sharp’s Chapel. “What’s next? Dogs and cats?”
Candidate Frank Niceley of Strawberry Plains, as a state representative, has pushed legislation that would clear the way for operation of horse slaughter facilities. The bills have failed.
He has also unsuccessfully sponsored legislation that would legalize keeping whitetail deer in captivity and selling them — an idea Brantley said he also opposes.
Critics say such a move would raise the risk of Tennessee’s native whitetails becoming infected with illnesses brought in by imported, domesticated deer, including chronic wasting disease. Proponents say such concerns are mistaken and deer farming would be a new source of income in rural counties.

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Cynthia Jackson Declares as Candidate for Senate

Statement from Cynthia Bundren Jackson:
I am announcing today, that I will be a Republican candidate for State Senate
for the 4th Senatorial District, consisting of Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock,
Hawkins, Jefferson and Union counties. My decision to enter this race comes
after the announcement made by Senator Mike Faulk to not seek reelection to the Senate seat.
Senator Faulk has done an excellent job in representing our Senatorial District, and his leadership and presence will be missed. I fully understand both his family and business considerations that factored into his decision, and my thoughts and prayers are with him.
Since Senator Faulk’s announcement last week, I have been contacted by many
people throughout the district encouraging me to offer myself as a candidate.
After much discussion and deliberation with my family and friends, I have
decided to proceed.
I am a native of Hawkins County. I am a licensed real estate broker and the
owner of Main Street Realty, having served Hawkins and surrounding counties for 22 years. In addition to my business experience, I have always shown interest in politics and government. I currently serve as President of the Hawkins County Republican Women and I served as First Vice President of the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women. I worked at the federal level, serving as a field representative and special projects coordinator for the First
Congressional District. I believe that my background in business and government uniquely qualifies me for the office of State Senator.
Earlier this morning, I turned in my qualifying petition to the Hawkins County
Election Office and will be delivering certified copies to all counties
comprising the 4th Senatorial District. I have had the pleasure of talking to
many friends and supporters from all over the district the past few days, and I
plan on traveling throughout the district over the next several months to listen
to concerns and seek support for the primary that will be held August 3, 2012.
Since Senator Faulk’s announcement came just last week, I am still in the
process of establishing an office and assembling a campaign staff. However, I
can be reached by cell phone at 423.754.3502.

Note: While designated District 4 during Faulk’s term, the seat is renumbered as district 8 in redistricing