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Friday, January 06, 2006

1 Dem, 2 GOPers File for Special Election in HD 01

Less than an hour ago (5:00 pm) the filing deadline passed for the special election to replace the late Nelson Starkey in State House District 001. Tammy Irons was the only Democrat to file, while the Feb 14 Republican primary will pit William E. Smith versus John Hargett.

Tammy Irons was the only Democrat to file, making her the party's de facto nominee for the March 21 general election. Since Starkey's May announcement that he wouldn't seek re-election, Irons has successfully positioned herself as the frontrunner in the race. Though Starkey's unfortunate passing necessitated a special election, Irons seems to have maintained her status as the candidate to beat. Today's revelation that Irons has raised well over 3 times as much money as her once presumptive Republican opponent William E. Smith further cements Irons' status. The fundraising discrepancy is even more daunting when looking at cash-on-hand numbers -- 45K for Irons, 6K for Smith.

On the Republican side the process has not been as smooth. William E. Smith was initially the party's favorite after Starkey's initial announcement. But in the months between his entry and the death of the incumbent, Smith fell out of favor with the party leadership (see above fundraising numbers). Bob Riley even went so far as to actively recruit candidates to run against Smith in the special election primary. Though two high profile Republicans sought by Riley opted against the race, one surprise entrant did file.

John Hargett, the 1998 GOP nominee against State Sen Bobby Denton, has also decided to run as a Republican in the special election. Other than his unsuccessful race against Denton, I am not overly familiar with Hargett. He doesn't seem to be as strong Steve Pierce or Billy Jackson, (two of the local Republicans recruited by Riley), but his local GOP ties may give him a shot at defeating recent party switcher Smith in the primary.

This result has to be a disappointment to local and state Republicans who were optimistic about this seat when Starkey announced his retirement. However, Irons ability to coalesce Democrats behind her candidacy combined with the lack of a top-tier Republican candidate nearly ensure this district will remain in Democratic hands.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Tammy raise that kind of cash, or did her 70 somethin' boyfriend Bob Hill help? I guess it pays to be a Lobbyist...

1:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoever writes this junk does not have a clue of what is really happening!

1:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL She has a 70 year old boyfriend? Surely thats not true. She looks like an attractive woman in her pic on her website.

2:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the dems will hold this seat now and in november

4:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Ole Bob is like 73 or 74. You know it's like the old saying, "Old Lobbyists never die, they just find younger women to glom onto..." This will be Bob Hill's seat, just with a much younger,and prettier face.

5:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tammy Irons is a truly ethical, personable, intelligent person. She has no need of a lobbyist to do her work for her. She could possibly be the best legislator District 1 has ever been lucky enough to have!

Those who spend their time bashing other people's successes need to get a life!

9:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if tammy irons is related to luther irons, you people better grab your wallets and run for the hills.

9:57:00 AM  

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