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From Post staff reports

Confirming her announcement last week, State Sen. Mae Beavers, 17th District, filed her qualifying petition for the Senate campaign in Wilson County Wednesday and said yesterday she plans to file in the remaining seven counties “today and tomorrow,” meaning Thursday and Friday.

Beavers, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced a week ago that she would not continue a campaign for Wilson County mayor but instead would seek reelection to the senate seat she has held for the past eight years.

Beavers said she filed a qualifying petition with the Wilson County Election Commission on Wednesday and added that she planned to file in the other counties, as required by election laws, yesterday afternoon and today.

The 17th Senatorial District includes all of seven counties, Wilson, Smith, DeKalb, Clay, Cannon, Trousdale, Macon, and a small part of Sumner in the Hendersonville area.

Beavers’ decision last week to switch from a campaign for county mayor to that of running again for the State Senate caught several off guard.

She said yesterday that she had given thought to her first decision to run for mayor and had decided that she would rather continue her service in the Senate for a number of reasons including the opportunity to spend time with her grandchildren during the summer months. She said she would not be afforded that opportunity as county mayor because it’s full time job. The legislature is in session about four months each year.

Beavers’ opponent in the Republican primary race will be State Rep. Susan Lynn.

Lynn said last week that she was going to stay in the race and would continue her bid to unseat Beavers.

She said she had initiated her campaign for the Senate seat “in good faith” believing that Beavers was running for county mayor.

It’s generally known that the two legislators have had a tumultuous relationship for several years and several political observers are saying the race between the two for the Senate seat will be a fiercely fought contest.

The Wilson Post was asked to publish a clarification of a statement made last week by a blog reporter who said that Beavers had changed her mind and was now running for the State Senate and would “try to beat the crap out of her nemesis Rep. Susan Lynn in the political grudge match of the century.” The quote in this instance is by reporter Jeff Woods and is not to be construed as a statement by Beavers. 

The deadline for qualifying for all offices on the Aug. 5 ballot is April 1.

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