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Calfee, Hurley Speak to TV Folk; Not to Each Other

Rep. Julia Hurley lost Thursday’s Republican primary after serving one term. Former Roane County Commissioner Kent Calfee took 55% of the vote, while Hurley garnered 45%. Hurley and Calfee say they have not spoken to one another since the results came in and don’t intend to either.
But they did speak with WATE-TV:
They’re each trying to look to the future instead. Kent Calfee says he had a feeling Thursday night’s numbers would come out in his favor.
“We got to feeling pretty good about the time early voting started, and we were just getting lots of positive feedback from both Roane and Loudon counties,” he said.
However, setting out to beat an incumbent was going to be tough.
“It’s hard to do and we knew it was an uphill battle from the beginning, and we think that gives us a lot of momentum going into the November election,” Calfee said.
Hurley says she also had a feeling about this election. “I’m not shocked at all. I wasn’t. My family and I had prepared for this election to go either way,” she said.
She understands how hard it is to unseat an incumbent, which she did herself.
“I took a seat that they had had for 18 years, and they worked very very hard to get it back. They chose a candidate who had voted half and half, and that’s wonderful. The voters decided what they wanted,” Hurley said.
She says she believes crossover voting contributed to her loss. “The Democrats came out and voted in the Republican primary and they got their candidates. You’ve got to commend them, you really do,” she said.
Hurley says just because she lost this election doesn’t mean the end of her political career. “One door closes. One door opens so we’re just keeping a positive outlook for the future,” she said.


Note: See also the collected election night Tweets, by of Julia Hurley, by Stephen Hale.

House District 32: Hurley vs. Calfee

Something of an incumbent-challenger role reversal seems afoot this summer in the parts of Loudon and Roane counties where Republican voters will decide whether they want Julia Hurley or Kent Calfee to serve them in the state House of Representatives.
Typically in such primary contests, especially this year in Tennessee, the incumbent is being criticized by the challenger as not strong enough in pushing conservative values and perhaps as having already served too long in office. In the 32nd House District, the opposite seems the case.
Incumbent Rep. Hurley, 30, a Lenoir City resident seeking her second term, is on the attack. Challenger Calfee, 63, a former Roane County commissioner, says that he is not.
“I’m already a better legislator than my opponent. Out of 20 years on the county commission, he’s missed three years of meetings,” said Hurley. “I have a 100 percent voting record and a 100 percent attendance record.”
Further, she declares that Calfee has voted in Democratic primaries, most recently in 2008, and “financially supported Al Gore.” Calfee denied ever aiding Gore.
More is to come as the Aug. 2 primary approaches, Hurley said. Her campaign has researched his voting record on the commission and plans direct mail pieces pointing out what she perceives as shortcomings.
“Bless his heart, he’s got to an age where he’s completely forgotten what he voted for, and those things will be coming to light very soon,” she said.
Calfee says “it’s not my nature to be attacking people” and he has no plans to do so in campaigning against Hurley.
Still, he does say things such as, “I want to restore respect, dignity and professionalism to the seat.”

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