Former State Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) launched the first installment of a new radio ad campaign for the upcoming special election on January 25th to select the Republican nominee to replace State Senator Jim Tracy (R- Shelbyville), who resigned in November to accept an appointment in the Trump Administration’s USDA.
The message of this first ad is the importance – and unusual – January election date, while emphasizing Carr’s conservative stance on many key issues important to Middle Tennessee voters. Among them are the repeal of the unpopular gas tax increase, his commitment to stop taxpayer subsidies of tuition for in-state tuition for illegal alien students, a commitment to secure our borders, and to stop any expansion of Obamacare in Tennessee.
“January is an inconvenient time for an election and we thought we should help explain to voters why they are hearing political campaign ads just before Christmas,” Carr said in a statement. “But we also wanted to point out that the election is very important because the State Senator we elect will take office immediately and be in position to impact several key issues that will come up for a vote in the legislature next year.”
“Over the next several weeks, and into January, I will be sharing how my conservative track record is the best indication of what voters will get with me as their State Senator,” Carr added. “There is a lot of distrust among voters these days, and properly so. I’ll put my consistent conservative record of results up against what anybody else might promise, and I think voters will respect and respond to that.”
The 14th State Senate District includes Moore, Bedford, Marshall, Lincoln and part of Rutherford County. Early voting in the Special Election begins January 5th for the Republican Primary election on January 25th.
Listeners can expect to hear the first round of radio ads six radio stations in the district, beginning Wednesday on WJJM in Lewisburg, WDUC in Lynchburg, WILT and WZNG in Shelbyville, WGNS in Murfreesboro, and WYTM in Fayetteville.
The Tennessee Star obtained an advance copy of the ad you can listen to:
“Hey, honey, why am I hearing political ads in December?”
“Oh, that’s for a SPECIAL ELECTION being held on January 25th for Rutherford, Lincoln, Bedford, Marshall and Moore counties. Jim Tracy resigned so now we get to vote to elect JOE CARR as our NEW Senator to take his place. The Republican Primary is January 25th.”
MAN: “Joe Carr? Isn’t he a state representative?”
“He was, and as a candidate for the U.S. Senate he beat Lamar Alexander in our county! Now Joe Carr can be our conservative state SENATOR.”
“January’s a weird time for an election, but getting a TRUE conservative like Joe Carr in the Senate is important enough to get MY support…and VOTE! When is it?”
“January 25th. I’ll text you.”
JOE CARR: “Hi, I’m Joe Carr. In January let’s put conservative TALK into ACTION. As your State Senator I’ll vote to REPEAL the gas tax increase; to STOP payment of tuition for illegal aliens; to STOP any expansion of Obamacare; and to secure our borders. I’m Joe Carr and you can count on me to stand firm for our conservative values every time, and with every vote, in the State Senate.”
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Carr is one of three candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the State Senate District.
Murfreesboro businessman Shane Reeves and former State Rep. Billy Spivey (R-Lewisburg) are also seeking the Republican nomination in what is expected to be a hotly contested race in an election in which very low turnout is expected.
The winning candidate may need as few as 5,000 votes to secure the GOP nomination.
The candidate who wins the Republican nomination on January 25 is expected to easily win the general election in March, given the past voting behavior of the district.