Beverly Marrero, the former state Senator who in the Democratic primary of 2012 was out-voted by Senate colleague Jim Kyle in the newly gerrymandered District 30, may have another opportunity to serve in the Senate if she wants to, and all indications are that she does.
Kyle’s victory in a race for Chancery Court Judge in the county general election just concluded will result in his resigning the Senate seat, creating a vacancy.
Marrero can almost certainly count on an endorsement from Steve Cohen, the newly renominated Democratic incumbent in the 9th congressional District and a longtime supporter of hers, and Deidre Malone, the recent Democratic nominee for Shelby County Mayor in the recent general election has announced her support of Marrero for the seat.
Malone professed herself to be “110 percent” behind Marrero. “She understands the Senate,” Malone said. “She’s been there and, with the majority Republican legislature, we need seasoned individuals in our state positions. My hope is that she’s going to run ad go up there and represent us well, particularly with Amendment One` on the ballot.”
Amendment One is one of four constitutional initiatives passed by the General Assembly for the November statewide ballot and would significantly curtail women’s ability to seek and arrange abortions. The proposed Amendment begins with the words “Noting in this Constitution secures or protects the right to an abortion” and secures the legislature’s right to “enact, amend, and repeal statutes” relating to abortion.
Apparently it will be the province of the Shelby County Democratic executive committee to appoint a nominee, in the expectation that Governor Bill Haslam will set a date for a general election to fill the vacancy. All indications are that he will set the election for November 4.
Another name that had surfaced as a potential candidate for the seat was that of outgoing County Commissioner Steve Mulroy, who is term-limited on the Commission and will leave that body at the end of this month.
Mulroy had been approached, he said, by several colleagues about an interim appointment to the District 30 seat, should one be called for before the party executive committee might make a nomination, but Mulroy has professed uncertainty about seeking it for several reasons, including the fact that he is at present not a resident of District 30.
Other names mentioned in relation to the vacancy include those of state Representative G.A. Hardaway and former Tennessee Regulatory Authority member Sara Kyle, wife of Senator Kyle.