Hatcher, McDonald added to list for State Senate seat

From Post staff reports

As the deadline window for qualifying for upcoming elections continues to close, new names are surfacing as potential candidates.

In the 17th District State Senate Democratic Primary race two new names have been added to that of attorney Aubrey Givens, who was candidate in the same race four years ago.

Sam Hatcher, a Lebanon newspaper publisher, and George McDonald, a farmer from Riddleton in Smith County, have both picked up qualifying petitions for the election. McDonald has qualified in Wilson County submitting the necessary 25 registered voters and signatures on Wednesday. Hatcher picked up his petition for the race Thursday and indicated he would likely qualify for the race early next week. The deadline to qualify for all candidates is April 1. Givens qualified for the race in February.

Running for the Senate seat in the Republican Primary are Sen. Mae Beavers and State Rep. Susan Lynn, both of whom have officially qualified for the election.

One candidate, Mark Pody, has qualified for the State House seat in the 46th District for the Republican Primary and only incumbent State Rep. Stratton Bone has qualified for the Democratic Primary in the same district.

The House seat being vacated by Lynn has attracted so far three names including Mt. Juliet Mayor Linda Elam, Robert C. Fields, and Adam Futrell. Only Futrell and Fields have officially qualified. Elam has picked-up qualifying petitions but has not officially filed.

Only Allen Barry, a former member of the Wilson County Board of Education, has qualified for the 57th District seat in the Democratic Primary.

Lined up to run as Independents in the race are Mt. Juliet veterinarian Nathan Clariday and former Mt. Juliet Mayor and City Commissioner Luther Lenning.