Early voting begins Wednesday (October 18) for the Special 17th Senatorial District Republican and Democratic primaries, set for November 7th.
The election is the result of a vacancy created in the district when State Senator Mae Beavers resigned to focus on her gubernatorial campaign. The District includes DeKalb, Smith, Macon, Cannon, Clay and Wilson counties.
Only one candidate is on the ballot for both primaries. State Representative Mark Pody is looking to move to the upper chamber and is on the Republican primary ballot. Wilson County attorney Mary Alice Carfi is the lone candidate on the Democratic primary ballot. They will face each other in the General Election set for December 19th.
Location – Smith County Election Office 122 Turner High Circle, Suite 105, Carthage, TN 37030
Dates – October 18 thru November 2, 2017
Hours – Monday – Friday 8 am – 4 pm Saturdays 8 am – 12 pm
Location: At your Precinct Hours – 7 am – 7 pm
*Schools will not be closed on Election Day. Early Voting is available at the location and times listed above for voters who want to avoid heavy traffic during drop off and pick up times at the schools on Election Day.
Voting Early by Personal Appearance
Any registered voter who lives and is registered in Smith County may vote early during the dates and times listed above. A voter desiring to vote early by personal appearance shall go to the Election Commission Office, sign an application to vote and cast their vote on a voting machine.
Photo ID Requirements
State law requires all voters who vote by personal appearance to present a US or TN government issued photo ID. For more information regarding exemptions and acceptable forms of photo IDs, please contact our office.
Voting by Mail
To vote an absentee ballot by mail, the voter must make the request in writing and include their name (as registered), social security number, date of birth, residence address (911 address), mailing address (if different from residence address), the election(s) they wish to vote in and political preference if voting in a Primary, the reason they are requesting to vote an absentee ballot and their signature. We will accept written requests by mail, fax, or email during the dates listed above. Requests may be mailed to the Smith County Election Commission at the address listed below.
LEBANON, TENNESSEE – Mary Alice Carfi, candidate for state Senate District 17, will hold her official campaign kickoff tonight from 6-8 p.m., at The Capitol Theatre, 110 West Main St., Lebanon.
The kickoff is an opportunity for voters throughout the six counties in District 17 – Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith, and Wilson – to meet Carfi before the special General Election on Tuesday, Dec. 19.
“I look forward to meeting the voters and learning about their concerns for the future of District 17 and Tennessee,” Carfi said.
Senate Caucus Chair Jeff Yarbro of District 21 in Nashville will be in attendance, along with Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini, and Lebanon-native state Rep. John Ray Clemmons of District 55 in Nashville.
For more information, please visit Carfi’s website at www.MaryAliceCarfi.com.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Karl Dean for Governor is ramping up its organizational capacity and preparing to open a second campaign office later this fall in Memphis, as Dean continues to talk “Jobs and Family Across Tennessee.”
Today, Karl Dean for Governor announced additional staff who have joined the Dean team since the campaign first announced staff hires this spring:
- Political Director: Danny Glover joins the campaign this week after recently having served as the National Outreach Director to Historically Black Colleges and Universities on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. Glover has previously managed four races in Tennessee and was student body president at Tennessee State University from 2010-2011. Glover will be based in Memphis.
- Communications Director: Sophie Friedman joined the campaign in August, and has worked as an advance lead for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and communications staffer in the U.S. Senate.
- Finance Director: Wilson County native Nicole Dorris also joined the campaign in August and brings a decade of fundraising experience back to Tennessee, having led fundraising teams on Congressional and state campaigns across the country.
“Anne and I are excited to announce the growth of our team as we build on the momentum of the past six months and look ahead to expanding our campaign reach this year and into early 2018,” Dean said.
“Traveling to now 68 counties and counting, it’s evident people are concerned about three primary things: where they can find good jobs, public schools, and access to affordable health care for their families. People want pragmatic approaches to our shared problems, not partisan politics, which is why I’m proud to say we have remained focused on talking about solutions to support Tennessee jobs and families.”
The first six months of Dean’s candidacy have built a strong foundation for the campaign moving forward. During the first half of this year, Dean was able to raise the largest one-time haul of any Democratic candidate in Tennessee in a decade. More recently, Dean has led a two-month, statewide “Talking Jobs and Family Across Tennessee” tour to highlight the issues he believes matter most to Tennessee families: good jobs, public schools, and healthcare.
In addition, Dean has received public endorsements from former Congressman Lincoln Davis and Road Sprinkler Fitters Local Union No. 669 in recent weeks.
Diane Black: President Trump’s Immigration Principles are a Strong Step to Securing Our Border and Keeping Americans Safe
Nashville, TN – Today, Diane Black released the following statement regarding the immigration principles released by President Trump yesterday:
“I applaud President Trump for taking a strong step to secure our borders and keep Americans safe. The President has been consistent in his efforts to stop illegal immigration and make sure that we put Americans first. I support him and I hope every Republican does the same.
I’m glad the President has included some of the provisions from my bill with Senator Toomey (H.R.400 – Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act) to end sanctuary cities and make sure that liberal politicians around the country can’t ignore the law and put their citizens in danger. It’s something we need to do, and I support President Trump’s efforts to do it.”
State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver has received the “Tennessee Champion of Prosperity Award” from Americans for Prosperity – Tennessee (AFP-TN), the conservative grassroots organization fighting for lower taxes and limited government.
James Amundsen, Deputy State Director for Americans for Prosperity, presented Representative Weaver the award at Angie’s Diner in Smithville Friday during her monthly “Coffee and Conversations” meeting with constituents.
The “Champion of Prosperity” award is given to select lawmakers who scored 90 or higher in AFP-TN’s biannual legislative scorecard and voted against raising the gas tax.
“Today I presented Representative Weaver with our “Champions of Prosperity Award” which is in recognition for her support for free market economic policies throughout the legislative session. Terri Lynn has scored really high on our biannual legislative scorecard. We are also recognizing the fact that she stood up in defense of taxpayers in the state of Tennessee with her opposition to the Governor’s Improve Act, which we recognize as being a gas tax increase on the hardest working families in Tennessee. We wanted to make sure she was recognized for all of her efforts. We are doing a tour throughout the remainder of this month recognizing about 40 state legislators, both state representatives and state senators,” said Amundsen.
Representative Weaver said she is honored to receive the award.
“A majority of the people in our district did not want any more taxes. They are taxed enough. We stood our ground. I think we did a very good presentation of the peoples’ voice who didn’t want it (gas tax increase). Unfortunately we lost that battle. It takes a lot of spine to stand up in an atmosphere that is basically overwhelming you but the good news is that I can come back to my district and I can tell the people who sent me down there that I stood strong on this issue and that I will continue to stand strong and remain a voice for people who believe in free market values, capitalism , our constitution, and less government. When 65% of your district did not want this to happen (Governor’s Improve Act) that is a strong voice and I am honored that I am able to represent them,” said Representative Weaver.
Although Representative Weaver opposed it, the state gas tax increase under the Governor’s Improve Act was adopted by the state legislature and signed by the governor earlier this year. It took effect on July 1.
Greetings to the 40th District!
We are officially at the end of summer and at the beginning of a new fall season.
This was quite an eventful summer personally, but I am thankful to say that I am back in the saddle once again after some broken bones and some much-needed rest.
With cooler temperatures in the forecast, I am looking forward to Friday night football games in District 40. I am praying for a safe, fun and winning season for our Tigers, Owls, Yellow Jackets and Green Wave teams. Mike and I try to attend every home game that we can to show our support for our schools.
Every season, I provide a team roster the size of a bookmark to help navigate who is on the field. As an added bonus, they fit perfectly in your wallet.
I am looking forward to seeing you all in the coming months of fall.
The 2017 School Tour has kicked off and I am so excited to visit our local schools in order to listen to our principals, administrators, teachers and students so that your voice and concerns are heard at the state level.
As a firm believer in letting our teachers do what they do best, which is to teach, we need less state and federal intrusion in the classroom interfering with the learning process. It is a topic to which I am passionate on and plan to continue discussion in our upcoming session.
“The Comptroller Audio Summaries” is a great resource on education policy issues and BEP funding. Check it out here at comptroller.tn.gov/OREA/.
At my request, TDOT came to our district and we went to the Highway 25 road closure to assess why there is yet another delay in the opening of this vital vein out of Carthage. Though we do have a detour in place, there is still a massive amount of rock that must be removed. We can all agree that the safety of our construction crew and a safe road is the main focus for all involved.
TDOT has assured me that this project is on schedule and they are doing all that they can to get this road opened as soon as possible.
We have begun discussions to improve Exit 258. TDOT plans to widen SR-53 to five lanes with shoulders. The plan is similar to the Bell Road Exit under I-24 in Nashville. This plan is a doable, cost-effective fix for the increasingly dangerous congestion on the North and South side of I-40 at the Carthage/Gordonsville exit.
Currently, south of Airport Road in Gallatin toward the Cumberland Bridge, the first chapter of Highway 109 is now under construction, with the remainder chapter to I-70 to be let in December. With a traffic count upward of 25,000 per day, Highway 109 is a strategic corridor and a primary north/south connector between I-65 and I-40.
Remember, “patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”
District 40 is a beautiful rolling landscape of bluffs and rivers. On my watch, I am grateful that major bridges have either been repaired or replaced.
There is still work ahead but our system of pay-as-you-go without debt is a principle I hold and hope remains a Tennessee tradition.
Lawmakers across 16 states have considered legislation to establish medical marijuana programs. Twenty-three states have considered legislation to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana.
This month I was asked to attend a hearing where testimonies on both sides of the issue will be presented.
Numerous folks in our district have emailed me on the medicinal benefits marijuana has had on seizures, glaucoma and Alzheimer’s.
The elephant in the room is that with the federal government considering strict drug enforcement laws, the state of Tennessee would not be in compliance should we move to legalize medical marijuana.
However I am looking forward to paying attention to what will be said at this hearing and will be listening with an open mind.
One thing is for sure; big pharma and providers are destroying lives with an opiate epidemic that is affecting all Tennesseans. Perhaps something as simple and natural as a green plant could be the answer?
Currently, there is a great amount of focus and attention on the upcoming governor’s race in August 2018. It seems these campaigns get earlier and earlier every go around.
Since house races are every two years, I want those of you who receive “The Loop” to know just how grateful I am that you have afforded me the privilege to represent your voice in Nashville. As one who works for you, I have made it my mission to be transparent, honest, accessible, teachable, and open minded in order to be your voice on issues that matter to you.
You are a principled people that stand on conservative values coupled with Faith, Family and Freedom. My voting record has remained consistent with conservative values and so it is my prayer that you are pleased with your representation. I do not believe my mission in the legislature is yet finished and so I am running for re-election in 2018. I ask for your prayers and your support.
Do not ever hesitate to contact me with your concerns. I am here for you! Contact me at 615-741-2192 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faithful to our values,
LEBANON, TENNESSEE – Today, Wilson County attorney Mary Alice Carfi announces her candidacy in the Democratic primary for the District 17 state Senate seat in the upcoming Special Elections..
“We need some common sense in the Senate,” Carfi said. “Republicans have held the majority since the 2010 elections. They have had ample opportunities to improve the lives of working families in our state, but instead have put party interests before improving the health care, jobs, and education for our citizens.”
An attorney in a solo-practice in Mt. Juliet, Carfi can relate to the issues that affect the small business owners throughout District 17, which includes Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith, and Wilson counties.
“I understand struggles with health care costs,” Carfi said. “The Republicans missed the boat when they failed to expand Medicaid. As a result of their failure to act, the 10th rural hospital in Tennessee announced Saturday that it is closing its doors.”
“All of the counties in District 17, except for Wilson, are entirely rural, and if one of them lost their hospital, it would have a devastating impact not only the health care of its citizens but on that county’s economy,” she added. “This is just one example of how the failure to apply common sense to our health care issues has hurt working families in District 17 and across the state.”
When it comes to jobs and the economy, Carfi noted that in five of the six counties in District 17, an average of 20.6 percent of all households receives food stamps, which is almost 4 percent higher than the state average.
“We need jobs that pay a living wage, so no one who works a full-time job has to rely on public assistance to survive,” she added. “It’s sound common sense to raise the minimum wage because Tennessee’s economy runs on consumer spending. If working families struggle to pay their rent and put food on their table, then how can they afford to buy anything else?”
Last, Carfi wants to make sure all students in District 17 have a quality public education “because it’s the best investment we can make in our state and nation’s future.
“Common sense tells us that we need to fully fund Tennessee’s Basic Education Plan (BEP) so that a child in smaller, less affluent counties like Clay or Cannon County can be assured of getting access to the same quality education as a child in Wilson County,” Carfi said.
“We need less testing of our students, and we need to say no vouchers of any kind because they divert resources from already struggling schools,” she added.
As a general practice attorney, Carfi often works with people who have differing opinions. “It’s my job to bring these people together, to compromise when and where it’s necessary, so that a positive result can be agreed upon by all parties.
“It’s time for some common sense in Tennessee’s Senate, and I ask for your support and vote on Dec. 19 so I can bring this to our legislative body.”
Carfi grew up in Smith County, the daughter of Don and Phyllis Eckel of Gordonsville. She is the granddaughter of the late Pete and Evelyn Watts, who owned Watts Angus Farm. Pete Watts was a well-known building contractor in Middle Tennessee and owner of Pete Watts Construction.
She has one daughter, Alexia, 9, and is a member of the Carthage United Methodist Church, where she sings in the choir. She and her husband, Jamie, are both members of the Bert Coble Singers in Lebanon. She also serves on the Bert Coble Singers Leadership Team.
Carfi is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the 15th Judicial District Bar Association. She is a graduate of Smith County High School and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice administration from Middle Tennessee State University. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Nashville School of Law. She was chosen as the Best Attorney in Mt. Juliet in 2016 by the readers of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet newspaper.
A Campaign Kick-Off will be held Monday, Oct. 16, from 6-8 p.m., at The Capitol Theatre at 110 West Main St. in Lebanon.
On Monday, September 18, the Smith County Democrats organized a “Meet the Candidates” picnic at Defeated Creek Campground. The picnic was open to everyone who was interested and no one went away hungry! Two candidates attended and gave speeches — Karl Dean who is running for governor and James Mackler who is running for the U.S. Senate. Both candidates fielded questions after their speeches and all those who wanted photos had a chance for a photo opp with their candidate.
John Rose issued the following statement in response to the mass refusal from professional athletes to respect the American flag and stand for the National Anthem. “Our flag is a symbol we all hold dear, and it is important that we Americans honor it. It is also important that we respect our men and women in uniform and recognize the sacrifice that they are making for all of us. There is too much division in our country, and our flag and national anthem should be symbols that unite us, not divide us.”
The Smith County Democratic Party invites you to attend a “Meet the Candidates” Picnic on Monday, September 18, at 6pm. The picnic will be held at the shelter at Defeated Creek Campground.
Karl Dean, James Mackler, and Craig Fitzhugh are expected to attend.
Tickets are $10 at the door ($5 for children under 12).
Karl Dean to Continue “Talking Jobs and Family Across Tennessee” in Putnam, White, Anderson, and Knox Counties
Dean Hosted Events in Madison, Haywood Counties Wednesday
Tuesday’s Gibson County Events, Which Were Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather, Have Been Rescheduled to Oct. 18
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 15) — Over the next week, Karl Dean for Governor will host campaign events in Putnam, White, Anderson, and Knox Counties to highlight the issues that matter most to families: good jobs, public schools, and healthcare.
This Saturday, Sept. 16, Dean will host a teacher roundtable with Putnam County educators in Cookeville to discuss what the state can do to improve the public education system and attend a University of Tennessee football watch party in White County’s Sparta.
On Tuesday, Sept. 19, Dean will tour the Oak Ridge National Laboratory on the 75th anniversary of the Manhattan Project, privately meet with Anderson County school officials, and host a meet and greet for interested voters.
On Wednesday, Sept. 20, Dean will privately tour Knox County Public Schools Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State Community College and the BHG Knoxville Citico Treatment Center, which treats patients suffering from opioid addiction.
This past Wednesday, Sept. 13, Dean hosted a coffee and conversation event in Brownsville and privately met with Jackson community healthcare professionals and Lane College faculty.
At the Brownsville gathering, Dean emphasized to attendees while discussing business recruitment and retainment in Haywood County, “It’s good for East Tennessee if West Tennessee prospers and vice versa…We’ve got to look out for one another.”
While Mayor of Nashville from 2007-2015, Dean helped navigate economic development with companies like Bridgestone, UBS, Loews Hotels, Warby Parker, Lifepoint, Asurion and Carlex Glass. He also negotiated a deal to keep the Predators, our state’s NHL team, from relocating elsewhere. As Governor, Dean will aggressively work to recruit businesses to communities across Tennessee, just as he did for Nashville.
Dean will help identify, develop and capitalize on infrastructure assets, like the Memphis Regional Megasite in Haywood County. The megasite sits in one of more than a dozen economically distressed counties in Tennessee, meaning it’s in the bottom 10 percent of counties in the nation based on poverty, income and unemployment. Dean will work to recruit the right business to the megasite in Haywood County and help other economically distressed counties find business recruitment opportunities.
During September and October, the campaign’s statewide launch will include stops in Anderson, Blount, Cheatham, Davidson, Franklin, Gibson, Hamilton, Haywood, Knox, Madison, Montgomery, Putnam, Rutherford, Shelby, and Weakley Counties. All future events and dates will be advised in detail.
About Karl Dean
Karl Dean is a democratic candidate running for governor in 2018. Dean served two terms as the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. His administration focused on education, public safety and jobs. As mayor, he led the city of Nashville to unprecedented economic prosperity that it’s experiencing today. He kept taxes low while making significant investments in public infrastructure, paving the way for new economic development in all parts of Davidson County. Dean first held public office when he was elected as Nashville’s public defender in 1990, a role he served in for nearly a decade before becoming the city’s law director. After leaving the Mayor’s Office in September 2015, Dean began teaching at Belmont University as a distinguished visiting professor of history and political science. Dean is married to Anne Davis, a Nashville native and attorney. They have three grown children and one granddaughter. More information about Karl Dean for Governor can be found online at www.karldean.com or by following Karl Dean on Twitter and Facebook.
Architect of Reagan fiscal policy to serve as Economic Advisor to Diane Black for Governor
NASHVILLE – Conservative economist and close Reagan advisor Arthur Laffer today endorsed Diane Black for Governor and will serve as Economic Advisor to Diane Black for Governor. Dr. Laffer was a personal economic advisor to both President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher, serving on the President’s Economic Policy Advisory Board for both of President Reagan’s two terms in office.
“Diane Black knows exactly how to keep Tennessee’s economy growing rapidly by ensuring that Tennessee keeps tax rates low while paying its bills and protecting its taxpayers,” said Dr. Laffer. “I moved from California to Tennessee eleven years ago for these very reasons, and I couldn’t be happier with my adopted home state. There’s no one more qualified and prepared to lead Tennessee into a new era of prosperity than Diane Black.”
Dr. Laffer’s economic acumen and influence in triggering a world-wide tax-cutting movement in the 1980’s earned him the distinction in many publications as “The Father of Supply-Side Economics.” The New York Times wrote, “we do know from official economic statistics that the seven-year period from 1982 to 1989 was the greatest, consistent burst of economic activity ever seen in the U.S. In fact, it was the greatest economic expansion the world has ever seen – in any country, at any time.”
“Art Laffer has the greatest fiscal policy track record of the last 40 years,” said Black. “I am honored to have his endorsement and look forward to working with him to put conservative economic principles to work in Tennessee. My team will focus on bringing jobs, low taxes and prosperity to every corner of Tennessee.”
Laffer is the founder and chairman of Laffer Associates, an institutional economic research and consulting firm in Nashville. One of his earliest successes in shaping public policy was his involvement in California’s Proposition 13, the groundbreaking initiative that drastically cut property taxes in California in 1978.
Dr. Laffer received a B.A. in economics from Yale University in 1963. He received a MBA and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 1965 and 1972, respectively. He has served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, University of Southern California and Pepperdine University.
You are invited to coffee and doughnuts with Mark Pody, candidate for District 17, Tennessee State Senate
Where? Smith County Ag Center
When? Friday, September 22nd, 7:00am – 9:00am
Come meet the true conservative candidate who is best suited to fill the Senate seat Mae Beavers resigned to run for governor.
Special primary is November 7th, and the special general is December 19th. Bring a friend!
MT. JULIET, TN- Conservative Republican Mae Beavers is standing with President Donald J. Trump and his decision to terminate the DACA program. “The Executive Order that President Barack Obama relied upon to create DACA was unconstitutional and should never have been allowed to remain in place as long as it has,” Beavers said.
“The rule of law should be the basis for our actions and policies regarding illegal immigration, and Congress should immediately take action to fund construction of the border wall, enact E-verify, reduce illegal immigration, and impose immigration limits based upon merit,” Beavers noted. “American taxpayers have carried the burden of illegal immigration long enough. President Trump is making American taxpayers and workers his top priority rather than promoting the agenda of those who have illegally entered our country, illegally worked in our country, and illegally relied upon identity fraud to cover up their illegal actions.”