Dec. 1 – Tennessee SD 31 and HD 83
**Updated – Ivan Faulkner dropped out of the Democratic Primary for HD 83. The only Democrat remaining is Guthrie Castle**
On Dec.1, voters will go to the polls to elect a new state senator to fill the seat of Republican Paul Stanley who resigned and pick in the primary for the 83 House District in a seat resigned by Republican Brian Kelsey, a candidate for Stanley’s seat.
In the State Senate race, covering most of Bartlett, almost all of Cordova and Germantown, a few East Memphis precincts and parts of Hickory Hill, Democrat Adrienne Pakis-Gillon is hoping to bring the seat into her party’s hands. A Shelby County Democratic Party Executive Committee Member, her website can be found here.
The Republican candidate is former State Representative Brian Kelsey. The Republican floor leader in the House for 2007-2008, his website can be found here.
Republicans currently hold an 18-14 advantage in the Senate not including this vacant seat.
The House Race is incredibly important.
Right now, Republicans have more seats in the House, yet do not control the chamber due to a power-sharing agreement where Democrats voted for Kent Williams, elected as a Republican, to become Speaker of the House. Republicans want to hold onto this seat in order to take over the majority positions.
For the House race primary vacated by Kelsey, the candidates are Republicans Mark White, a businessman in Wyrestom and John Pelliciotti, also a businessman, and Michael Porter. Unopposed in their primary are Democrat Guthrie Castle, a lawyer from Germantown, and Independent John Andreucetti.
To read a news article about this race, click here. The general election for HD 83 will be on January 12.