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Ten candidates enter race for state Senate
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Ten candidates will be vying for state senator, State Representative Charles Curtiss will finally get a contested race, and all three School Board spots will be contested when voters go to the polls Aug. 2.Qualifying deadline passed Thursday at noon with a rush of activity, especially in the area of 16th District State Senator where incumbent Eric Stewart is not seeking re-election, instead opting to run for U.S. Congress.Of the 10 qualifying for state senator, half are Warren County residents. Included in hometown candidates are Democrat Jeffery Bottoms of Centertown, Democrat Kevin Lawrence of Viola, Democrat Steve Roller of Dibrell, Republican Rod McClellan of Smartt Station, and Republican Eric Chance of Morrison.They will be taking on Democrat Jim Lewis of Kimball, Democrat Justin Walling of Spencer, Democrat John Hargis II of Tracy City, Republican Ron Stolzfus of Winchester, and Republican Janice Bowling of Tullahoma. The primaries will be held Aug. 2.Meanwhile, in what is rarity for longtime 43rd District state Rep. Charles Curtiss, he will be challenged for his office by a pair of Republicans in Derrick Waggoner of Gruetli-Laager and Robert F. Dunham who hails from Curtiss’ hometown of Sparta.On the other side of the county, incumbent 47th District state Rep. Judd Matheny will face his normal opposition from a Democratic nominee, this time the opponent being Scott Price, who hails from Matheny’s hometown of Tullahoma.Meanwhile in local races, all three School Board spots up for election will be contested.