Before you laugh and make fun, I know the title is cheesy. Also, I should point out that this article in addition to having a cheesy title, it’s only meant to provide a little information regarding who’s running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Lamar Alexander and the U.S. House seat being vacated by Congressman Phil Roe.
The 2020 State and Federal Primaries in many states, especially in Tennessee are just heating up, now that the filing deadline has passed. Those who’ve filed and wish to be removed from the ballot have until April 15th to do so. Additionally, those who’ve declared as a Republican but have had their bona fides challenged under Tennessee GOP rules have until April 15th to prove their bona fides in order to remain on the ballot.
That aside, this year campaigning is going to be greatly modified due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this modification doesn’t bode well for Candidates who were counting on grassroots, face to face and door to door campaigning. However, it does favor the Candidates with money (or the ability to raise it) and those with name recognition. This year’s campaign, at least for the foreseeable future will play out through social media, television and radio ads as well as those who can mobilize a small army to phone bank and share the message on social media, etc.
Note: The challenge rules are below:
Section 2. If a person’s bona fide status is challenged, the challenge shall be made to the State Chairman from at least two (2) individual registered voters within the district in which the challenged candidate has filed to run. Such a challenge must be made no later than five (5) days before the deadline for removal of a candidate’s name from a ballot under TCA Section 2-5- 23 204 or otherwise, or any other applicable deadline. The State Chairman may require sufficient proof of the challenged individual’s status as a bona fide Republican, and the SEC hereby delegates to the State Chairman the authority to make the decision as to whether or not the challenged individual shall be considered a bona fide Republican for the purposes in question.
Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District
Below, according to Ballotpedia is the full list of Republicans who are running for the U.S. House seat being vacated by retiring 6 term Congressman Dr. Phil Roe. To read more about each Candidate, simply click on the Ballotpedia link, click on each Candidate respectively, from there you can navigate to their website or social media platform(s).
Below you’ll find a quick sentence that states whether the Candidate is a native of Tennessee, a Veteran and which elective office they most recently served if applicable. For more information as I mentioned, follow the link to Ballotpedia and click on the Candidates name. Below, if you see “No information available,” it simply means that the Candidate hasn’t filled out the Ballotpedia questionnaire.
Jay Adkins: Jay is a Tennessee native, an Iraq War Veteran who’s never held elective office.
Phil Arlinghaus: Phil is a Tennessee native, a supporter of Term Limits who’s never held elective office.
Richard Baker: No information available on Ballotpedia.
Chance Cansler: No information available on Ballotpedia.
John Clark: John is a native of Cuba but moved to the United States at a young age, he recently served two terms as Mayor of Kingsport.
Rusty Crowe: Rusty is a Tennessee native, a Vietnam War Veteran who’s serving his 8th term as a Tennessee State Senator. (Note: In a recent article, I mentioned Senator Crowe and some of the positive things I believe Candidates need to do in this modified campaign. https://ivotetennessee.com/campaigning-not-coattailing/)
Steve Darden: No information available on Ballotpedia. However, I know enough to say that Steve is a Tennessee native, an attorney by trade who recently served as Mayor of Johnson City. (Note: Steve’s brother Bill Darden currently serves as Congressman Roe’s District Representative.) (Additional Note: It’s been brought to my attention through several voters in the 1st Congressional District that Steve Darden voted in the 2008 Democrat primary. Given that iVoteTennessee and iVoteAmerica is a conservative platform, it’s important that I mention this.)
Chad Fleenor: No information available on Ballotpedia.
Robert Franklin: Perennial Candidate, ran for the same seat as an independent in 2014 & 2016.
Josh Gapp: I believe Josh is a native of Tennessee, he’s a Pathologist who’s never held elective office, but briefly sought the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Lamar Alexander.
Diana Harshbarger: Diana is a Tennessee native, a Pharmacist and a Business owner who’s never held elective office. (Full disclosure, I grew up on the same street she once lived on and many individuals in my family know her and her family.)
David Hawk: David is a Tennessee native; he’s worked as a Salesman for Tailor Shop Men’s Clothing since 1985 and has been its Vice President since 1990, who’s in his 9th term as a Tennessee State Representative.
Timothy Hill: Tim is a Tennessee native; he’s worked in his family business, who’s in his 4th term as a Tennessee State Representative.
Chuck Miller: No information available on Ballotpedia.
Carter Quillen: No information available on Ballotpedia.
Nichole Williams: Nichole is a Tennessee native; she’s worked in the car business; she’s never held elective office. (Note: Her Candidacy is currently being contested.)
Tennessee’s U.S. Senate Race
Below, according to Ballotpedia is the full list of Republicans who are running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring 3 term Senator Lamar Alexander. To read more about each Candidate, simply click on the Ballotpedia link, click on each Candidate respectively, from there you can navigate to their website or social media platform(s).
Below you’ll only find a list of names, I plan to write an article soon that will focus on the top-tier Candidates. For more information as I mentioned, follow the link to Ballotpedia and click on the Candidates name.
Tom Emerson Jr.
George Flinn Jr.
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