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Special election Tuesday for Senate

Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Early voting ends today (March 8) and the special election will be held Tuesday (March 13) for the District 14 seat in the state senate formerly held by Jim Tracy.

A sample ballot appears again in this week’s edition of The Times – Shane Reeves (R-Murfreesboro) faces Gayle Jordan (D-Murfreesboro) in the special general election for the seat, representing Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall, Moore and part of Rutherford County.

Tracy had represented District 14 in the state senate from 2004 until last November when he resigned after accepting an appointment by President Donald Trump to serve as Tennessee’s rural development director for the U.S. Agriculture Department. His resignation triggered the special election.

Early voting continues through today at the Lincoln County Election Commission’s office at 208 Davidson Street East, Room 106 of the Ralph Hastings Building, will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Early voting got underway Feb. 21.

Polls across Lincoln County open next Tuesday at 9 a.m. for voting and remain open until 7 p.m., according to officials with the election commission.


Gayle Jordan describes health care for the uninsured in rural areas as being a top issue in the campaign.

A mother of four grown children, she is grandmother, farmer and attorney. She has also been a small business owner, owning and operating a massage therapy practice in the Murfreesboro Athletic Club during the years she attended law school.

She also serves as the executive director of Recovering from Religion, an organization dedicated to helping those “who are dealing with a negative impact of religion in their everyday lives,” according to its website, which also states Jordan is a former Southern Baptist who left the faith 10 years ago. On her blog, Happy, Healthy, Heathen, she describes herself as a “lawyer, ironman, gammy, farmer, hippie, liberal, atheist activist.”

Saying she has watcher the legislature of her state “govern with unkind, uncaring, and unnecessary legislation, costing the state millions of dollars in legal battles,” Jordan said, “I listened as they made divisive and hateful statements regarding immigrants, refugees, members of the LBGT community, women, the uninsured, and the poor. I observed as this leadership passed intrusive legislation that reeked of government overreach.”

Jordan cites the her concerns, saying, “280,000 Tennesseans have no access to health care, many thousands of whom are veterans; students in Tennessee public schools are at risk of having their education experience negatively affected by the financial impact of vouchers; teachers have had their ability to participate in their professional union hindered by intrusive legislation; roads and bridges continue to deteriorate in our rural and urban areas, placing a heavier financial burden on our children and grandchildren.”


Shane Reeves’ family has lived in middle Tennessee for seven generations. His mother was an educator and his dad a small businessman.

He and his wife, Amanda, have three children. Reeves worked as a pharmacist before he and Rick Sain established Reeves-Sain Family of Medical Services in 1995. They bought the business from the candidate’s father, former Murfreesboro Mayor Richard Reeves, and sold the company in 2015.

Describing himself as a Christian family man and conservative businessman, Reeves says he is an encouraging and a strategist who likes to work with others to solve problems and create a brighter future.

“I am focusing on three things in this campaign,” he said, citing strong families, building businesses and rethinking healthcare as being his primary concerns.

“If you want a strong state, then we need to equip our state’s families with the necessary tools to attract quality jobs, educate our children, have clean air and water, have safe neighborhoods and tolerable traffic and can attend a house of worship freely on Sunday morning.

“Businesses are, too often, overtaxed, overregulated, over mandated, over litigated and often under-appreciated,” he said. “We need to clear the way for Tennessee to become an economic juggernaut and offer excellent high paying jobs.”

Regarding healthcare, Reeves said it is time for Tennessee to “take control of its own healthcare destiny” – “We must rethink complex issues in order to encourage greater competition within the healthcare marketplace to give the consumer more say with their healthcare choices. It is also imperative that we take, very seriously, the rising opiate crisis in order to protect those most vulnerable.

“Bottom line, I want to use my experience running successful businesses in healthcare to create conservative solutions for obstacles that are facing our great state,” he said. “As a state senator, you can count on me to uphold the Tennessee values I grew up with – faith, family, and freedom.”