Spivey disqualified from running in Senate District 14

Former State Rep. Billy Spivey, R-Lewisburg, has been  was disqualified as a candidate for the  Senate District 14 seat because he hasn’t paid a fine levied by the Registry of Election Finance, reports the Shelbyville Times-Gazette. Under state law, unpaid civil penalties for past campaign finance law violations mean the person in violation cannot run for office until the fines are paid — and Spivey hadn’t paid when the qualifying deadline passed on Thursday.

Drew Rawlins of the election finance office said that Spivey never paid a $425 fine which was assessed by the (Registry of Election) finance office because Spivey was late filing his campaign finance statements for the fourth quarter of 2016.

…The deadline for candidates to file for the special election was noon Thursday. Spivey had filed a candidate petition, but the state announced later in the day that he had been disqualified.

…Party primaries will be held Thursday, Jan. 25, with the special election on Tuesday, March 13.

On the Republican side, the candidates will be former State Rep. Joe Carr and entrepreneur Shane Reeves, both from Rutherford County. On the Democratic side, attorney Gayle Jordan of Rutherford County is unopposed in the primary. She will face the winner of the Republican primary in the general election.

State Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville resigned the seat, as well as the position of speaker pro tem, in November to accept a position as Rural Development state director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The district includes Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall, Moore and part of Rutherford counties.

See also Tennessee Star, which reports asking Spivey if he will appeal the disqualification and got the reply “likely so.” That would apparently require a lawsuit – and payment of the penalty.

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