McManus Decides Against Race; Ergo Senator Kelsey?

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After weighing his options, which included what he already had said were favorable House committee assignments and may also have included Monday's endorsement by six Republican state senators of his House colleague Brian Kelsey, state Rep. Steve McManus has decided not to contest the forthcoming special election for state Senate District 31.

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After a similar decision over the weekend by Shelby County school board chairman David Pickler, that leaves the way uncontested so far for state Rep. Kelsey, as the only Republican running for the seat left vacant by the resignation of Paul Stanley.

The Election Commission, awaiting a formal writ of election from Governor Phil Bredesen, has not yet set an election date, nor deadline dates for candidate filing and withdrawal, but commission members have voted unanimously to schedule the party primaries for the special state Senate election, if possible, for October 15, the same date as the scheduled special election for Memphis mayor.

District 31 votes overwhelmingly Republican in contested elections, so that whoever wins the GOP primary would be expected to take the general election as well.

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