|Senate candidates share their views |
|Posted: Friday, July 20, 2012 9:01 pm |
|By MARY JEAN HALL |
Special to The Messenger
After nearly 20 years of service in the state Senate, Sen. Roy Herron of Dresden announced his retirement earlier this year, which left an empty seat for the 24th state Senate district.
Three candidates are currently fighting to win Herron’s seat for the opportunity to serve six counties that span from Obion County to Benton County.
On Aug. 2, one of the candidates from the Re-publican Party primary will be weeded out and the voters in the 24th district will know which two candidates will be on the ballot in November. Republican candidates Danny Jowers of Kenton and John Stevens of Huntingdon will face off in the primary.
The biggest concern many voters have is whether that seat will remain blue or turn red. On Nov. 6, the voters will make the final decision between the winner of the Republican primary and the Democratic candidate, Brad Thompson of Martin.
Jowers currently serves as the director of Obion County Emergency Man-agement Agency and is also an Obion County commissioner. He is the Budget Committee chairman for the Obion County Commission and is a University of Tennessee at Martin graduate.
Stevens currently serves as an attorney in private practice in Huntingdon and as a United Way volunteer. He also coaches youth basketball and soccer, and he was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy.
Thompson, the lone Democratic candidate and native of the Midway community between Union City and Martin, currently serves as the director of Community Development for the City of Martin and as a member of the Drug Court Steering Committee for the 27th Judicial District. He has been a leader of the United Way of Obion County and Chimes for Charity drive, and he earned a bachelor of science degree in agricultural business from UT Martin. He also served with retired U.S. Rep. John Tanner as a field representative for nearly 15 years.
The Weakley County Press in Martin spoke with the three candidates to get their views on the following issues:
Q: With the recent drought negatively affecting crops, is there anything you have planned to be able to help the local farmers?
A: Jowers — “Usually with disaster relief, it comes from the federal level. State legislature doesn’t have the funds set aside. They would get help from mostly crop insurance or federal disaster relief.”
A: Stevens — “I will certainly help support the ag help through federal assistance. I’d reach out to see if state programs are available and possibly pressure the governor to get the counties designated as disaster areas. I’d work with the city, county and state leaders, as well as work with Congressman Fincher’s office.”
Published in The Messenger 7.20.12