With Sen. Douglas Henry announcing that this state Senate term will be his last, the Democratic primary race to succeed him is already taking shape.
Over at The City Paper, both Metro Councilman Jason Holleman and Nashville attorney Jeff Yarbro confirm their intentions to run for the seat.
Holleman, who has called Henry a hero of his, confirmed his plans to The City Paper.
“I intend to run for the state Senate next year, because I think it’s the place where I can do the largest good,” he said, noting that he has lived in District 21 his entire life.
With the caveat that formal announcements and campaign organizations are still a ways off, Holleman said education is a top-of-mind issue for him at the state level, where policy decisions “have a tremendous impact on the classrooms in our local school system.”
“Beyond that, we’re in a time when there is a lot of discussion about the interplay between state and local government,” he said. “I think that there is a need to be sure that our local government interests are represented. And with the background in local government, both as an elected official and an attorney, I think I can contribute in a meaningful way to that discussion.”
Yarbro also confirmed that he intends to run, but said he will make a formal announcement later.
“I’m looking forward to a conversation about Tennessee’s future and this Senate seat, but there’s plenty of time for the next campaign. I’ll make an announcement when the time’s right.”
He declined to comment further, saying he’d “love for this week to be about Sen. Henry,” and his “faithfulness to the state over the years and his service.”
Consider this developing story...developed. After the jump, a longer statement from Yarbro, which just hit the inbox.
Earlier this week, Senator Douglas Henry announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2014.
Senator Henry and I got to know each other on the campaign trail in 2010, often speaking at the same events. During that time, my fondness and respect for him deepened. While we sometimes disagreed on issues, we always shared a love for this community and a commitment to public service.
Tyler and I appreciate all of those who have reached out encouraging me to enter the race. There is no question that the need for new leadership in the legislature is even greater now. There has already been much speculation about 2014. While I look forward to a conversation about Tennessee’s future, there is plenty of time for the next campaign. I’ll make an announcement when the time is right.
But this week, the public attention should be focused on Sen. Henry, his faithfulness to Tennessee, his dedication to his family, and his lifetime of service. I wish him and Mrs. Henry all of the very best. Please join me in thanking Senator Henry for his service.