Reeves wins 14th District State Senate seat

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Shane Reeves

Businessman Shane Reeves, the Republican nominee, defeated attorney Gayle Jordan, the Democratic nominee, in a special election Tuesday for the 14th District State Senate seat vacated in November by Republican Jim Tracy of Shelbyville.

Unofficial vote totals were 13,139 (71.7 percent) district-wide for Reeves, 5,179 (28.3 percent) for Jordan. All vote totals are unofficial until certified by local and state election commissions.

The district is composed of Bedford, Lincoln, Moore and Marshall counties, plus the eastern half of Rutherford County, and Reeves carried all five counties convincingly. Both candidates are from Rutherford County.

In Bedford County, Reeves defeated Jordan 2,696 (74.3 percent) to 929 (25.6 percent). He carried every precinct except East Side School, where he and Jordan had a 98-98 tie.

A total of 3,627 votes were cast, a turnout of just 16 percent of the county’s 22,621 registered voters.

“I am humbled and honored to be elected to represent the 14th district as our State Senator,” said Reeves in a news release Tuesday night. “I will work hard to be the people’s voice across Rutherford, Bedford, Marshall, Lincoln, and Moore counties. I am proud of the campaigns we ran and commend the efforts of my opponents. We had a great team and I am thankful to those who worked hard to get us across the finish line tonight.

“Whether Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal, we must all move forward together to grow our district, bring new jobs, keep taxes low, and confront the issues facing Tennessee. My family and I have been overwhelmed and blessed as we have gotten to know so many new friends across our great district. I look forward to getting to work in Nashville to tackle the issues that are important to the 14th district.”

Reeves will serve the remainder of Tracy’s term, through 2020. Tracy resigned in November to take a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program, serving as state director for Tennessee.

Reeves is best-known as the former owner of the Reeves-Sain drug stores in Murfreesboro. He sold the retail business to Fred’s and continued to operate some of the non-retail portions of the business under the name TwelveStone Health Partners.

Although the district has voted Republican in recent elections, Jordan’s campaign drew attention, and both parties advertised heavily in the district.

Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden released the following statement:

“Tonight’s election shows that voters see the results of Tennessee’s Republican leadership - increased economic opportunity, expanded access to education, and record low unemployment rates. Congratulations to Shane Reeves and his hardworking campaign team. Shane will work to further the Republican record of success in the Tennessee Senate.”

The election ran more or less smoothly, but there was one hiccup in gathering results. The precinct workers at Flat Creek locked the key to their election box inside the box, leaving the county election office no way to open it. Election Commission member Bob York had to leave the courthouse and retrieve a pair of bolt cutters before that precinct’s votes could be counted.