Somerville lawyer Steve Butler has decided against running for John Wilder's state Senate seat. That leaves lawyer/lobbyist Randy Camp, a former Wilder chief of staff, in the Democratic primary.
The seat is one of three in the Senate targeted by Republicans. Running in the GOP primary are state Rep. Delores Gresham of Somerville, Selmer physician Tim Linder and Bob Shutt, the former Savannah mayor. Here's the statement from Butler, Fayette County Democratic Party chair:
While I was excited about the campaign and committed to serving the people of Senate District 26, I think it is of the utmost importance for the Democratic Party to unite behind one candidate. Randy Camp now has my full and enthusiastic support, and he has the support of all the people across the district that were committed to me.
As of today, we are a united party, determined to continue the legendary service of Lieutenant Governor John Wilder. I appreciate the help and friendship of the people of the 26th District, and I look forward to electing Randy Camp to the Tennessee Senate.