In October, Tennessee lawmakers and candidates alike continued to fundraise in anticipation of the November election. President Donald Trump and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty remain frontrunners in the Volunteer State and are expected to win by hefty margins. All 99 House seats are up for re-election this year, as are half of the Senate seats, given that Representatives serve two-year terms and Senators serve four-year terms. However, we anticipate that the makeup of the General Assembly will not be significantly impacted in the general election.
The race for District 20 in suburban Nashville continues to garner the most attention at the state-level, as incumbent Republican Senator Steve Dickerson faces off against the former Democratic mayor of Oak Hill, Heidi Campbell. Similarly, the District 10 seat held by Republican Senator Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga is receiving increased attention, as Gardenhire faces off against Democratic police chief Glenn Scruggs.
In October, two members of Governor Bill Lee’s cabinet announced their departures for the private sector, Commissioner Danielle Barnes of the Department of Human Services and Commissioner Hogden Mainda of the Department of Commerce and Insurance. We will keep you updated with future developments on the election front. As always, it is a pleasure to represent you at the Tennessee General Assembly.