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Potential candidate list for Senate spot taking shape

Potential candidate list for Senate spot taking shape
Staff Reporter
The names of several potential candidates are beginning to emerge for state Sen. Roy Herron’s seat.
Former state Rep. Phillip Pinion told The Messenger last week he has been approached but is not planning to run for the position. Also, state Rep. Bill Sanderson confirmed for The Messenger Thursday he has been approached by Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey about the position, but he, too, is not planning to run for the office.
“I’m OK where I’m at,” said Sanderson, R-Kenton. “I’m where I need to be to serve the people who elected me.”
He said he has developed good relationships with House Speaker Beth Harwell, state Commissioner of Transportation John Schroer and other key state officials. Those relationships and the work he is involved in as this area’s state representative will keep him in the state House of Representatives, he said.
Meanwhile, Herron’s sudden announcement last week that he will not run for re-election has stirred up significant interest from both political parties.
“There are several names floating around,” Sanderson told The Messenger last week.
On the Republican side of the list of potential candidates, McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland and Dr. Ron Kirkland of Jackson have been brought up as potential candidates, according to Sanderson.
Also on the GOP side, Sanderson said he has heard there is a potential candidate from Obion County and one from Weakley County considering a run for the office, as well as a state representative from West Tennessee and an attorney in Huntingdon.
“I personally believe this election will be decided in August,” he said, indicating the Republic nominee would likely be elected to fill state Sen. Herron’s seat.
On the Democratic side, he said he has heard former state Rep. Mark Maddox of Weakley County is considering running for the seat.
Today is the first day candidates for the state Senate seat can pick up their petitions.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ Publised in The Messenger 2.6.12

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