April 6, 2018
Senator Thelma Harper Retiring
State Senator Thelma Harper (D-Nashville) announced she was retiring from the Senate on Wednesday after more than 30 years of public service – 27 of which spent in the State Senate. “Even though there is no greater honor than being able to serve and be your voice on the hill, I truly feel the time is right for me to pass the baton to the next generation of future leaders. Even though I will no longer be an elected public servant, I will continue to serve and work in the community to help those in need,” said Sen. Harper. Before being the first African-American woman to serve in the State Senate, Sen. Harper was co-chair of the Davidson County Democratic Women’s Club, president of the Nashville chapter of the National Hook-Up of Black Women, and served on the Nashville Metro Council. We will miss Senator Harper’s wise presence and her marvelous hats.
Rep Sherry Jones will focus on her local race
Sherry Jones had announced earlier she was undecided about running for re-election to her State House seat. From the campaign filings, it appears she has instead decided to focus on the race for Davidson County Juvenile Court Clerk.
Medical Marijuana Dead
Despite advancing through the House, the Medical Cannabis Act was killed in the Senate Tuesday. Senator Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville) cited not having enough vote for the measure to pass, “Instead of dragging this our interminably, I think the better decision at this point to put it in the general sub for the summer.” The Senate version of the bill was significantly different from the House, requiring registration cards and the creation of a new state board. Dickerson said the water downed version of the House might cause more harm than good for future legislation. He will continue to fight in future legislative sessions.
Harold Love Jr. Joins Nashville Mayor Race
State Representative Harold Love Jr. (D-Nashville), is running for mayor of Nashville after submitting his qualifying petition Wednesday afternoon. He has also submitted his qualifying petition to run for his House seat, which comprises parts of North Nashville and Edgehill. Rep. Love joins 11 other candidates seeking the position of Mayor.
Thursday at noon was the qualifying deadline for general and primary elections this year. Here is a breakdown of elections in both chambers. The withdrawal deadline is April 12th.
Open seats – 3
Uncontested seats – 3
Contested seats – 11
• Primary – 3
• General – 8
The Senate could have another open seat if Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) is confirmed to a federal judgeship.
Open seats – 20
Uncontested seats – 8
Contested seats – 71
• Primary – 34
• General – 37
On Wednesday, both the Senate and House of Representatives honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his death. Flags at the State Capitol and state office buildings were lowered to half-staff.
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