Hughes to challenge Overbey for Senate seat
Seymour resident Scott Hughes has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the newly renamed and redrawn 2nd District State Senate seat currently occupied by Sen.
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#1 Jan 26, 2012
Just another Stupid Ass Filthy Baptist Bastard getting an ass kissing from Stanly Voit. I guess Bonny is using her vibrator more these days.
Hughes and Farmer made their announcements Wednesday. Both will run in the Republican Primary on Aug. 2.
Hughes, 34, will run against Overbey in the newly drawn Senate District 2, which includes all of Blount County and most of Sevier. Hughes ran for a House seat in 2010, losing to Art Swann.
Farmer will challenge Rep. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains. The newly drawn House District 17 includes all of Jefferson County and the northern portion of Sevier, including much of the city of Sevierville.
Here is a look at each candidate:
Hughes says he differs with Overbey on several key issues. He said Overbey has “a history of voting with unions” and also tried to get higher maximum damages when the Legislature was debating tort reform to cap civil liability.
“We live in one of the most Republican and conservative districts in the state,” Hughes said.“When you look at Doug’s voting record the last 12 years (four in Senate, eight in House), it is not the record of a conservative Republican overall. We have a different way of doing things.”
Hughes said Overbey should have done more to protect Sevier County’s interests during redistricting. The county ended up with one of two House districts with a majority of Sevier County residents and two Senate districts, neither of which has a majority of Sevier County residents.
“Doug sat quietly at his desk and voted with the majority on redistricting,” Hughes said.“He didn’t vote for the people of Sevier County.”
Hughes lives in the Blount County portion of Seymour about a mile from the county line.
Hughes pointed to his 10 years of “working in the pro-life movement,” most recently as executive director for the Hope Resource Center, East Tennessee’s largest crisis pregnancy center. He now is chief financial officer for Fuse Church in Knoxville.
Hughes said friends and supporters have encouraged him to run for the Senate after he ran a close race in 2010 for the House seat.
The 32-year-old attorney hopes his family and professional connections will help him blunt the difference in population. House District 17 is about 55-45 tilted toward Jefferson County.
Farmer’s family originates from Jones Cove, he attended New Center School, his father is from Kodak and his sister teaches at Caton’s Chapel. He also says his law practice has been focusing more on Jefferson County.
How will he overcome the population disparity?
“I have to get out there and meet the people,” he said.“I need to let them know how much I am interested in helping them. I need to build relationships.”
Some of the issues he cited include include continued improvement of educational opportunities for children, respect and support for teachers, aggressive programs for job creation, and cooperation with local governments and communities “that will improve economic opportunities and the quality of life for our citizens.”
He will also work to ensure law enforcement “gets the proper tools they need to safely and effectively protect the community.
“As an attorney, I have witnessed the devastating toll that prescription pills have taken on our community and if elected, I will aggressively push for legislation that will more closely regulate pain clinics and the doctors prescribing unnecessary and addictive prescription pain pills and to provide help to citizens who are battling their addiction to these drugs.”
Farmer said he hasn’t researched Niceley’s political views or legislative record.
“I’m not in a position at this point to attack anything,” he said. But he was not afraid to take on an incumbent.
“I think I could bring things to the table he couldn’t,” Farmer said.
Farmer knows he’ll need a strong Sevier County turnout on Aug. 2. to overcome Niceley’s Jefferson County advantage. He’s recruiting volunteers to help him.
#3 Nov 9, 2012
I see that Michael John Mgrdichian has lost his mind again!
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