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Pruitt Faces Two Challengers in House District 58

Two years after longtime state Rep. Mary Pruitt held off an upstart Steven Turner by 167 votes in a primary election, both Democrats are running again for the same seat against the son of another tenured lawmaker.
Further from the Tennessean’s review of the race:
The primary race among Pruitt, Turner and the Rev. Harold M. Love Jr. will determine the outcome for the district. No other candidates, Republican or independent, are running to represent the majority African-American 58th District in the state House.
For Turner, who runs a small electronics business in southeast Nashville, his near-election in 2010 was a major reason he decided to run again.
“It was something I owed to my constituents. To have us come so close to victory required us to go for it again,” he said.
Two years later, the district all three candidates are running in has seen its share of changes. Redistricting announced in January turned a district that used to include downtown and parts of Germantown and Belmont into a district stretching from Bordeaux and the areas near Fisk and Tennessee State universities around to greater parts of East Nashville and Murfreesboro Pike.
“Thirty-five percent of this district has never voted for a Pruitt, Love or a Turner,” Turner said. “That presents an opportunity for us to be there and fight for that vote.”
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