By Post staff reports
The year ahead in politics is promising change.
Wilson County in this election year is certain to elect a new congressman, a new state senator, one new state representative and a new county mayor. And of course Tennessee will elect a new governor.
These changes in office are guaranteed because of resignations and because some who hold elected positions now are opting to run for different posts. In the case of governor, Gov. Phil Bredesen, who has been elected to two consecutive four-year terms, cannot seek reelection. For the first time in a quarter of a century the Sixth Congressional District, of which Wilson is one of 15 counties, will have a new representative in Washington. U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Murfreesboro, who has held the congressional seat since 1984, announced two weeks ago that he will not seek a 14th consecutive term. Gordon replaced former Vice President Al Gore, who held the congressional seat before his election to the U.S. Senate.
Because the person who holds the office now is running for county mayor, the 17th State Senatorial District will elect a new state senator in November.
State Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, is giving up her seat to run for county mayor.
Beavers has represented the senatorial district, which includes Wilson, Smith, Macon, Trousdale, Cannon, Clay, DeKalb and a part of Sumner County since 2002.
Her decision to vacate the senate seat in favor of a campaign for county mayor opens yet another office as State Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Lebanon, has decided to not seek reelection to her 57th District House seat in favor of running for Beavers state senate seat.
Lynn was elected to the State House of Representatives in 2002.
Both vacancies in office created by Beavers and Lynn are occurring because Wilson County Mayor Robert Dedman is not seeking reelection.
Dedman, who announced earlier this year that he would not seek another term as county mayor, will have served in the post for 12 years at the end of his term this year.
Each of the three offices to be vacated are to be filled in 2010. For the state senate and state representative offices, the first test will come in August in a primary election. For county mayor there will be only one general election and that will be on Aug. 5. The general election date for the state offices is Tuesday, Nov. 2.
There is a trio of candidates in the field as it stands now for county mayor. Besides Beavers, former Lebanon Mayor Don Fox is seeking the office along with Randall Hutto, a career educator who currently serves as assistant director of the Lebanon Special School District.
Beavers’ state senate seat is being contested by Lynn and businessman A.J. McCall in the Republican primary. McCall ran against State Rep. Stratton Bone, D-Lebanon, two years ago.
Although there have been other names mentioned only one candidate, attorney Aubrey Givens, has surfaced so far for the Democrats in the state senate race. Others thought to be considering the race for the democrats include former Sen. Robert (Bob) Rochelle and Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe.
Lynn’s house seat will likely attract a collection of Republican hopefuls and few if any Democrats as the district is generally considered dominated by the GOP.