Special election dates have been set to fill the state Senate seat vacated by former state Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville).
Primaries have been set for Jan. 25, with the general election set for March 13, according to a writ of election issued by Gov. Bill Haslam.
Joe Carr and Shane Reeves are vying for the Republican nomination for the District 14 seat. Carr is a former state representative who ran unsuccessfully in primaries to unseat U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-TN-6). Reeves is a businessman who formerly owned the Reeves-Sain Family of Medical Services and currently owns TwelveStone Health Partners.
Democrat Gayle Jordan has also joined the race. The lawyer and farmer ran unsuccessfully against Tracy in 2016.
Tracy resigned from the Senate in early November to accept an appointment as state director of rural development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
District 14 covers Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties and part of Rutherford County.
Early voting for the primaries begins Jan. 5 and early voting for the general election begins Feb. 21.