Early speculation came to pass Thursday as Maury Republican County Chair Scott Cepicky announced he is running to represent the people of State District 64 in the Tennessee House of Representatives.
In an open-letter style statement, Cepicky said:
As most of you know by now, State Representative Sheila Butt will not be seeking re-election in 2018. She has devoted the last six years to successfully serving the people of Maury County. Her passion and enthusiasm for the belief in Faith, Family and Freedom has endeared her to the citizens of our county.
Today, after much prayer and thoughtful consideration, and with advice from family and friends, I hereby announce my intention to seek the nomination of the Republican Party for the position of State Representative for the 64th District. I will pick up the mantle of Faith, Family and Freedom and continue to move our county forward. I appreciate the support of Representative Butt, and her team in this endeavor.
Representative Butt and I have developed a professional friendship and respect for each other’s beliefs and work ethic. I am honored to receive her endorsement and am humbled by the responsibility that comes with the position of representing friends and neighbors.
Our team looks forward to traveling across Maury County, sharing our ideas and listening to suggestions from everyone. Together, we can make Maury County the best place to live, work, and raise our families.
Scott E. Cepicky
Maury County resident
The move came on the heels of a surprise announcement by popular State Representative Sheila Butt that she would be stepping down at the end of this term in early 2019.
During her three-term tenure, Butt has been a reliably conservative members of the Tennessee House of Representatives. While in office, Democrats considered Butt’s seat unwinnable – but that could change, depending on how well Cepicky performs in the early months of his campaign.