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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.

Polling in Hall-Hancock House Race Has a Republican Push

A “push poll” is being conducted in the state’s 18th House District race between Rep. Steve Hall, the Republican incumbent, and Democrat Anthony Hancock, a former University of Tennessee and NFL football player.
From Georgiana Vines:
Both candidates said they did not know anything about the poll, which appears designed to help Hall based on the questions and the Republican strength in Knox County.
Such a poll has questions designed to persuade voters to vote for a specific candidate.
One person in the district who received it, who asked to be anonymous, said the first questions dealt with how the voter felt Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, all Republicans, were doing in office and which presidential candidate would get his or her vote in November.
The voter was asked if he or she would likely vote for Hall if he or she was a small-business owner, had voted for a balanced budget or voted to lower taxes on groceries. Hall recently retired as president of Interior Finishes Corp.
The Hancock questions were on whether it would matter to the voter that he is supporting President Barack Obama, a Democrat; if it mattered that Hancock was being investigated for campaign law violations; and that the same unions and special interest groups that support Obama are supporting Hancock.
…Drew Rawlins, executive director of the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance, said Friday no complaints have been filed regarding Hancock’s campaign financing.
Hall said the poll was news to him.
“I haven’t heard about any of that stuff. I’ve never done any polling in any race I’ve been in. I can’t justify the cost. Things change too fast. What may be good today, tomorrow is irrelevant. For polling to be effective you have to do it often,” he said.
Hancock said the poll is “crazy.”
“It’s a ploy, I guess. It must be a fierce campaign. We haven’t got to early voting yet,” he said. Early voting begins Oct. 17 for the Nov. 6 election.
As for supporting Obama, “I support anybody who will be the right person. My campaign is not geared toward Barack Obama. It’s geared toward Anthony Hancock,” he said.