Democrat Haynes to Challenge Wilder 

Just as it was considered common knowledge that Lt. Gov. John Wilder (D-Somerville) had the votes to be reelected as Senate speaker over Republican Ron Ramsey of Blountville, a respected Democratic senator has thrown up a roadblock. Senator Joe Haynes (D-Goodletsville) announced he would challenge Wilder’s election: “I have decided to offer myself for the position of Speaker of the Senate at this critical juncture in the history of the state of Tennessee. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the leadership of Lt. Gov. John Wilder, but I believe the time has come for a new vision for the Senate.”

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