Jul 17 2008

Maryville Daily Times

The 8th District State Senate race pits incumbent Sen. Raymond Finney against 20th District state Rep. Doug Overbey in the state Republican Primary. Since there is no Democrat running, the winner of the primary will win the seat in the November general election, barring a major write-in vote. The seat represents both Blount and Sevier counties. Jim Bishop of Sevier County is also on the ballot.

This is certainly big news to Ira (Doc) Lapides, who has qualified and been certified by the Tennessee Division of Elections to be on the November ballot as an Independent.

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The battle for Overbey's 20th District seat among four Republicans, including Steve Hargis, Jim Melton, Tona Monroe-Bell and Bob Ramsey. There is no Democratic candidate, so the winner of the primary will most likely claim the seat in November. The western part of Blount County comprises the 20th District.

Winner will most likely claim seat?

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