From Georgiana Vines:
Democrat state Rep. Harry Tindell will not seek re-election in a redrawn 13th House District, supporters say, and Republican Marilyn Roddy, a former Knoxville City Council member who lost a state Senate race last year, may run for the new seat.
Under a redistricting plan presented by the Republican majority in the state Legislature last week, Tindell’s 13th District expands from the inner-city south to take in Sequoyah Hills and others areas in the 17th District now held by Rep. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains. Roddy lives in Sequoyah Hills.
Tindell said Friday since the Democratic caucus had suggested changes and the Legislature had not yet approved the plans, he had not made a decision about whether to run. (Note: After approval of the plan, Tindell said he’ll announce a decision no later than Thursday.)
“I want feedback from people in Knoxville who help me or who don’t help me. I will make a thoughtful decision. I do every two years anyway,” he said.
Roddy said Saturday she had “not sat down and considered it yet. I don’t have a statement yet.”
She attended the 2012 Regional Legislative Agenda put on by the Knoxville Chamber and two other chambers on Friday.
The News Sentinel has a Sunday article on the three Republican women running for the state Senate District 6 seat -Victoria DeFreese, Becky Duncan Massey and Marilyn Roddy, Here’s an excerpt I thought interesting:
Each candidate was asked if she could introduce and be assured of passage of just one piece of legislation to benefit the state’s economy and create jobs, what that legislation would be.
Said Massey: “My law would be that for every new regulation that a state department creates, they must then eliminate two existing regulations. The No. 1 thing that (business owners) are telling me is that compliance with excessive regulation is choking them, and costing money that could instead be used to develop new jobs and improve the infrastructure of their business.”
Said Roddy: “If it has to be just one, it would be ‘loser pays’ tort reform. Last year, the Legislature passed limits on liability, and this would work hand in glove with improving the economy and job growth in our state.”
DeFreese: “Because the federal government manages the macro-economy and that impacts all states, if I could introduce one piece of legislation that would be ensured passage, I would suggest a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Obama. If we could join with other states and pursue that, that is what I would like to do.”
Note: Reporter Jim Balloch also has two sidebars on the 6th District Senate race, one on candidate views on issues that the winner may face in the Legislature; the other on their fundraising (Massey leads there).
News-Sentinel Backs Roddy
When Jamie Woodson announced she would resign her 6th District state Senate seat last spring to run an education nonprofit, three fellow Republican women leapt at the chance to succeed her in a special election.
Our choice in the Republican primary to replace Woodson is City Councilwoman Marilyn Roddy.
Roddy would bring to the seat an impressive command of the issues facing state government, experience working with Gov. Bill Haslam when he was mayor and a strong emphasis on education shared with Woodson.
….Roddy faces a tough road to the general election. Her strongest opponent is Becky Duncan Massey, who has done stellar work in the community as executive director of the Sertoma Center. Though politically inexperienced herself, she grew up the daughter of a congressman and is the sister of U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. Victoria DeFreese, a former Knox County commissioner, has enough name recognition and enthusiasm for campaigning to siphon off enough votes to make a difference in the outcome.
All three primary candidates paint themselves as conservative, but Roddy’s record on City Council and her statements in interviews and in candidate forums indicate she will be more pragmatic than ideological, making her an ideal legislative ally for Haslam.
(Full editorial HERE.)
State Employees for Massey
News release from TSEA’s PAC:
NASHVILLE – Monday, September 12, 2011 -The Tennessee Employees Action Movement (TEAM) – the PAC of the Tennessee State Employees Association – proudly endorses Becky Duncan Massey (R – Knoxville) in her bid for election to the District 6 seat of the Tennessee State Senate
“We are pleased to endorse Becky Duncan Massey’s campaign,” said James Braswell, Chair of the TEAM Administrative Committee. “Becky Massey appreciates state employees and values the services they provide daily to the citizens of Tennessee. She understands that quality services depend on a motivated, effective and efficient workforce and we believe she will be a strong supporter of state employees.” said Braswell.
TEAM, is the political action arm of the Tennessee State Employees Association, which represents hundreds of state employees in the 6th Senate District. TSEA was established in 1974. For further information, visit the Web site at www.tseaonline.org.
Metro Pulse has a report today on the four women running to replace Jamie Woodson in the state Senate District 6 seat. In an overview piece, there are short profiles on the candidates with each given a label in the headline: Becky Duncan Massey, “the legacy;” Marilyn Roddy, “the thinker:” Victoria DeFreese, “the outsider;” and Gloria Johnson, “the carpetbagging Democrat.”
Massey, Roddy and DeFreese square off in a Republican primary Sept. 27. Johnson is assured of the Demcoratic nomination, meaning she’ll face the GOP primary winner in Novwember.
There’s a separate Q&A piece, wherein the candidates answer questions on issues.
As an interesting example, they were asked about Rep. Bill Dunn’s bill to protect from discipline teachers who promote alternatives to scientific theories — as in creationism as an alternative to evolution.
None of the Republican candidates had ever heard of the bill, which passed the House last session and will be before the Senate next year. But two – Massey and DeFreese – volunteered that they support teaching creationism in schools , which would be going a lot further than Dunn’s bill goes in promoting creationism. Roddy dodged a direct answer on whether she would vote for the bill, even after the reporter provided her with the text of the bill and an article on the measure.
Democrat Johnson flatly opposed the measure.
From a Metro Pulse report on a debate/forum for candidates in the state Senate District 6 special election:
If watching Marilyn Roddy, Becky Duncan Massey, and Victoria DeFreese answer questions last week proved anything, it’s this: Not all Republicans are the same, even if they’re all white middle-aged women.
It wasn’t just the stark contrast in their sartorial choices. Roddy wore a WASP-y pencil skirt and jacket; Massey wore a youthful suit that didn’t quite fit her; and DeFreese wore a frumpy black dress with a nautical-styled collar, the sort of dress last trendy in maybe 1991. But in a way, those fashion decisions set the tone for what was to follow.
There’s a fairly lengthy rundown on the questions and answers, including such topics as legislation involving sexual orientation.
But the issue of the night? Red-light cameras. And if the crowd at the Expo Center was any indication of the voters who do actually care about this campaign, it seems poised to become the central issue in the race.
In brief: Both Massey and DeFreese are opposed to red-light cameras–DeFreese called them a “tax”–and both have even more of a problem with such cameras ticketing people for turning right on red before coming to a complete stop. (Campfield has introduced a number of bills on this issue.) Roddy, however, is not opposed to red-light cameras being placed at certain intersections that law enforcement has designated as needing them due to the number of wrecks that occur there.
State Sen. Stacey Campfield has interviewed three candidates for the state Senate District 6 seat being vacated by Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Jamie Woodson and posted the resulting videos on his blog.
Victoria Defreese, Becky Duncan Massey and Marilyn Roddy – all Republicans – are questioned on multiple state government issues and proposed legislation. There are two videos on each candidate, each video running about 10 minutes.
Knox County Commission Chairman Mike Hammond has decided not to run in the Republican primary for the 6th District state Senate seat after considering it for a month, leaving the race right now between Knoxville City Councilwoman Marilyn Roddy and Sertoma Center executive Becky Duncan Massey.
Excerpts from Georgiana Vines column:
Massey, sister to U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. and daughter of the late U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Sr., …saod that once “we see the pace,” she’ll decide about taking “some” leave from her position as executive director at the Sertoma Center, an agency that receives state money under contract to serve some 100 persons who are disabled or handicapped.
…Duncan Jr. joined other family members in attending her announcement at the Holston Chilhowee ball park on Chapman Highway.
Afterward he indicated Roddy’s jump into the race a day after Woodson’s announcement may have given her an immediate advantage but that he expected Massey to catch up.
“The Kentucky Derby shows the first one out of the box doesn’t always win,” alluding to Shackleford, who was leading initially in the May 7 derby only to lose to the winner, Animal Kingdom.
“I didn’t put her in the race. She’s an independent woman, always has been and always will be. There are no Duncan women I know of who are meek and unliberated,” he said, laughing.
Becky Duncan Massey’s decision to run to succeed Speaker Pro Tempore Jamie Woodson, R-Knoxville, pits two women who are considered strong competitors against each other in the special state Senate District 6 race, reports Georgiana Vines..
Massey, executive director of the Sertoma Center and sister of U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., will formally announce Monday. Councilwoman Marilyn Roddy already is out campaigning after withdrawing from the Knoxville mayor’s race.
Massey said Thursday she would have the press conference to announce her candidacy. “I wanted to end speculation,” she said. She is naming attorney Howard Vogel as her treasurer.
The ballpark (where the announcement will be made) is in the Holston Hills area where she grew up when her late father, John Duncan Sr., was mayor and a congressman. She is an aunt to Knox County Trustee John Duncan III.
…Roddy has named J.E. Henry, a retired Regal Entertainment Group executive, as her campaign treasurer. She had a fundraiser on Sunday and has announced another for May 24 with more than 100 people – many of them Republicans – serving on the host committee.
…Knox County Commission Chairman Mike Hammond, a Republican, said he’ll make a decision next week about seeking the post. He planned to talk with his family, which is having a reunion this weekend, about the situation, he said.
Issues to consider are the time away from Knoxville plus his job situation, he said. Hammond is WIVK program director and operations manager.
“Plus the other thing – I’m only in one year of a four-year term. Do I want to give up that term when I have three more years left?” he said.
While the Senate district leans Republican, Democrats may have a candidate or two. But it won’t include lawyer Wayne Ritchie, a former state House member.
In an email he said he would not seek the nomination, but was “glad to see some strong interest in the seat from a number of good candidates.”
Georgiana Vines takes a look at the money aspect of the developing race to succeed state Sen. Jamie Woodson, R-Knoxville, who has announced plans to resign at the end of the current session. There’s a rundown on prospective candidates, too.
City Councilwoman Marilyin Roddy, who announced she’s dropping a run for Knoxville mayor to seek the Senate seat instead, “appears to be narrowing the field of other candidates in one respect – fundraising.” She had been lead fundraiser in the mayor’s race.
A fundraiser planned for May 1 in her mayoral race will continue as a Senate fundraiser, she said Thursday in an interview. It will be held at the home of Dr. Linett Wilkerson in The Holston building downtown on Gay Street.
Chris Connolly, her campaign manager in the mayor’s race, will run her Senate campaign, she said. Ward Baker, a Nashville political consultant who has directed strategies for U.S. Reps. Marsha Blackwell and Diane Black, will be a consultant.
Knox County Commissioner Dave Wright, who represents the 8th District, said he feels “good” that people have mentioned him as a prospective Senate candidate but he considers it a “passing-fancy sort of thing. I would never have countywide support in dollars that Marilyn has.
….Commission Chairman Mike Hammond, who is at an-large commissioner, has said he’s exploring the race. So is former state Rep. Jim Boyer.
A potential candidate who could raise money is Becky Duncan Massey, sister of U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., R-Knoxville, and executive director of the Sertoma Center.
…(Former state Senate Republican Leader Ben) Atchley or his wife, Sue, are being mentioned as a potential appointment on an interim basis.
“That might be a possibility,” Ben Atchley said.
“I don’t know. That kind of blows my mind,” Sue Atchley said.
While county commissioners haven’t discussed it, they are likely to appoint someone who would be a “caretaker,” Hammond said.
Knoxville Councilwoman Marilyn Roddy, the frontrunner in raising money for the nonpartisan Knoxville mayor’s race, said today that she is considering running for the state Senate, reports Georgiana Vines.
Specifically, Roddy is mulling seeking the seat being vacated by Speaker Pro Tempore Jamie Woodson, a Republican representing the 6th District Senate seat in Knox County.
She was vague when asked whether a Senate bid would mean ending her mayoral race.
“This is a situation that has arisen very suddenly,” Roddy said. “It is something my family is thinking about and praying about. Any decision like this has to involve your family first.”
Roddy, interviewed by phone from Nashville, acknowledged she had met with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, the Republican speaker from Blountville. Roddy, also a Republican, said a daughter had a lacrosse game that took her to the area.
She gave as her reason for meeting with Ramsey that “any future mayor needs to know how state government works.”