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Two Announce as House Candidates in Nashville

Two candidates announced runs for Nashville seats in the General Assembly on Wednesday, reports the City Paper.
Jason Powell will run for House District 53 in South Nashville, soon to be vacated by Rep. Janis Sontany, who announced her retirement last month. Powell, a real estate broker and former teacher, announced his candidacy via Twitter and Facebook.
In a release posted on his Facebook page, he said, “If elected, I hope to continue in the tradition of strong leadership demonstrated by Representative Janis Sontany.”
Harold M. Love Jr., pastor of St. Paul A.M.E., also announced his run for state House District 58, presently held by Rep. Mary Pruitt, in the Aug. 2 election. Love pointed to his father’s 24 years of service as a state representative that drew him to want to impact other’s lives in similar fashion.
“I feel I have significant fresh ideas regarding governance, utilizing the talents of many that are being ignored in our community, and tapping the full potential of the resources and skills we have at our disposal,” Love said.

Race and Redistricting

By Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Republican plans for Tennessee legislative redistricting released Wednesday would draw five black House members into three seats and place the top Senate Democrat into the same district as a GOP incumbent.
The House plan was roundly criticized by Democrats, but Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville stressed that the proposal would keep the same number of districts where minorities make up a majority of the population at 13 of the chamber’s 99 seats.
“We’ve gone out of our way to be as fair as possible,” Harwell told reporters after the plans were unveiled in a crowded committee hearing room. “I can’t control the demographics of this state.”
The once-a-decade redistricting plan reflects population changes in the 2010 Census and shifting political trends. Republicans hold wide majorities in both chambers of the Legislature. Republican leaders have said they want the redistricting measure to be among the first bills considered when the legislative session begins next week.
Harwell said she expects redistricting maps for Tennessee’s nine congressional districts to be released this week.

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