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Comptroller, Secretary of State Treasurer Re-elected, Praised

Joint news release from House and Senate Republican Caucuses:
(NASHVILLE) – In a joint session of the Tennessee Senate and the Tennessee House of Representatives today members unanimously re-elected Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. and Comptroller Justin P. Wilson. Secretary Hargett will serve his second four-year term, while Treasurer Lillard and Comptroller Wilson will each serve two-year terms. All three were originally elected to their posts by the General Assembly in January, 2009. Treasurer Lillard and Comptroller Wilson were re-elected to their second two-year terms in January, 2011.
Senate and House leaders congratulated the Constitutional Officers today, and released the following statements:
“While many Tennesseans don’t know what they do, the constitutional officers are really the unsung heroes of state government. They work – often behind the scenes but sometimes in the harsh glare of the media spotlight – to make sure that our state’s investments are managed properly, that public employees have a financially sound retirement system, that taxpayer money isn’t wasted, stolen or misused at the local or state levels of government, that local governments get the assistance they need to be successful in various levels of their operations, that our elections run smoothly, that our public libraries have the support they need to provide excellent service to Tennesseans. Tennesseans are lucky to have leaders like Comptroller Wilson, Treasurer Lillard and Secretary of State Hargett overseeing these essential services of state government.” -Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey
“Tennessee is in excellent financial condition – and the work of our three constitutional officers has played no small part in that. As members of the State Funding Board, they set revenue estimates that are used by the governor, his staff and members of the General Assembly for budget planning purposes. They also appear regularly before the major rating agencies that determine how strong Tennessee’s credit ratings will be. They also provide helpful advice and information to help members of the General Assembly do their jobs better.” -House Speaker Beth Harwell
“I am very proud of the work Treasurer Lillard, Comptroller Wilson and Secretary of State Hargett have done over the last four years. They have made many major improvements to make Tennessee state government work more efficiently and effectively which benefits all Tennesseans. All three of these public servants are well deserving of another term in office.” -Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris
“Reforming government is something that’s easy to talk about, but difficult to do. These three constitutional officers have spent the last four years challenging traditional thinking about the way their offices should operate and, as a result, their offices are operating more efficiently and effectively than ever before. They have made the offices more accessible by making more services available over the Internet and have found ways to maximize the productivity of their employees.” -House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick.

Chris Devaney Gets Another Term at the TNGOP Helm

News release from Tennessee Republican Party:
NASHVILLE, TN – The TNGOP State Executive Committee today (Saturday) re-elected by acclamation Chris Devaney to a second full term as Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party. The election was held during the committee’s December meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Nashville.
“It is an honor the State Executive Committee has elected me to serve another term,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney. “I look forward to working with Republicans across the state to strengthen our Party by effectively communicating our message to as many Tennesseans possible and want to thank committee members for this opportunity to help move our party forward for another two years.
“The Tennessee Republican Party has experienced great success, but it is critical we begin efforts now to build on that success in coming elections,” continued Devaney.
“Moving forward, it is important that we continue to expand the base that the Republican Party has had over the years in Tennessee. It is important to continue to recruit qualified men and women to serve, to continue building our county parties and to reach out to minority groups in our state and let them know they have a home in the Republican Party.”
Chris Devaney was first elected Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party on May 30, 2009. He led the State Party’s efforts to elect Republicans in the historic 2010 Midterm Elections which resulted in Republicans taking the governorship, gaining a Congressional majority, and increasing majorities in the General Assembly. This year, history was made again when Republicans gained supermajorities in the State House and State Senate. Prior to serving as TRP Chairman, Chris worked as State Director for U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), was an aide to U.S. Senators Fred Thompson (R-TN) and Phil Gramm (R-TX), served as Executive Director at the TRP and assisted with other campaigns across the country.
Chris and his wife Heather live in Chattanooga with their four children and attend Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church.

Wharton Waltzes to New Memphis Mayor Term (without coattails)

Unsurprisingly, there were no surprises in the 2011 Memphis city election– unless you count the apparent irrelevance of Mayor A C Wharton’s maiden effort at a Ford-style coattails ballot.
More from Jackson Baker’s look at Tuesday’s election results in Memphis:
Otherwise, the mayor — who breezed to an easy 2-to-1 victory over his closest opponent, former city councilman Edmund Ford Sr, and eight other opponents — had no worries. Neither did any of the other incumbents who had opposition — including councilwoman Janis Fullilove in Super-District 8, Position 2, who was opposed by the much touted minister/activist Roslyn Nichols, a Wharton endorsee.
Fullilove won over Nichols and two other opponents by a comfortable 57.83 percent margin. Another Wharton endorsee, University of Memphis law professor Lee Harris, ran neck-to-neck in District 7 with Kemba Ford, the daughter of former state Senator John Ford, who is currently languishing in a federal prison in Mississippi but was surely following the election returns with some degree of vicarious pride.
Harris, who had an abundance of establishment support, and Ford, the two of whom will now vie in a runoff, were the leaders in a large field of contenders, with the rest trailing far behind.
District 7 had been the bailiwick of former councilwoman Barbara Swearengen Ware, who retired after accepting a sentence for official misconduct, and was the only Council district with an open seat.