|Senate run ‘not likely’ for Dem Maddox |
|Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2012 4:24 pm |
The names of potential candidates for a state Senate seat being left open by Roy Herron (D-Dresden) continue to circulate among media outlets.
Herron announced nearly two weeks ago he would not seek re-election to the Senate slot he has held for 16 years. The Dresden Democrat said he would focus on his leadership position with the McWherter Center to help broaden the Center’s scope for education opportunities for students across Northwest Tennessee.
It did not take long for rumors to swirl regarding potential candidates.
During a recent luncheon hosted by the Weakley County Republicans, their fellow Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey told the group fellow GOP’s are all eyes on the 24th Senatorial District. Recently there were new lines drawn for the Senate district, which drops the number of counties in the district from nine to five. The district will soon include Gibson County, pending Gov. Haslam’s signature sealing the deal for district maps that were redrawn, for the first time in the state’s history, by the Republican Party.
Former 76th District Rep. Mark Maddox (D-Dresden), said he was honored his name was mentioned recently as a potential candidate for Herron’s soon-vacant seat.
“I am definitely going to take a look at it. I was very happy in the House though. My family and I have discussed it and they are not 100 percent supportive of me running for a Senate seat,” Maddox said.
Maddox held his House of Representatives seat for 14 years before he was defeated during the 2010 General Election by now Rep. Andy Holt (R-Palmersville). With an April 5 candidate filing deadline for the Senate seat, Maddox said there is still a lot of water to wade through before all candidates come forward. While several names of Republicans have been suggested recently, including 77th District state Rep. Bill Sanderson (R-Kenton), Maddox reported there were Democrats who are considering a run for the Senate slot, although none were ready to make a formal announcement.
Potential candidates were eligible to pick up nominating petitions last week. The filing deadline for the seat in April 5. Qualified Republican and Democratic candidates will be listed on the August ballot during the state primary. Candidates from each party will be narrowed to one and listed on the ballot during the November state General Election.