Report: Billy Spivey ‘Disqualified’ from Running in State Senate Special Election ‘Due to an Unpaid Fine,’ Says Appeal is ‘Likely’

The Shelbyville Times-Gazette reported on Friday that former State Rep. Billy Spivey (R-Lewisburg) has been “disqualified” from running in the State Senate District 14 special election to replace former State Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) “due to an unpaid fine levied by the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance.”

The Times-Gazette broke the story late Friday morning:

The election finance bureau, which is separate from the state election office, informed the election office that Spivey was ineligible, according to Adam Ghassemi, a spokesman for the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office, who referred more specific questions to the election finance registry. Drew Rawlins of the election finance office said that Spivey never paid a $425 fine which was assessed by the finance office because Spivey was late filing his campain finance statements for the fourth quarter of 2016. State law says that this type of unpaid fine makes a candidate ineligible, and because Spivey did not take care of it before the candidate filing deadline, he is ineligible to be on the ballot, said Rawlins.

Final deadline

The deadline for candidates to file for the special election was noon Thursday. Spivey had filed a candidate petition, but the state announced later in the day that he had been disqualified.

When asked by The Tennessee Star on Friday afternoon if he would appeal the disqualification, Spivey responded by text message, “Likely so.”

Former State Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) and Murfreesboro businessman Shane Reeves were qualified by the state to compete in the January 25 Republican primary.

Gayle Jordan is unopposed in the Democratic primary.

The winner of the Republican primary will face Jordan in the special general election on March 13.

The 14th State Senate District includes all of Marshall, Lincoln, Bedford, and Moore Counties, as well as the eastern half of Rutherford County.

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2 Thoughts to “Report: Billy Spivey ‘Disqualified’ from Running in State Senate Special Election ‘Due to an Unpaid Fine,’ Says Appeal is ‘Likely’”

  1. Misty Partner

    This might be an unrecognized blessing for Spivey. There is a lot of baggage hanging around his neck down in Marshall County a lot of folk are not aware of. It would be a shame if it made it into the campaign, and it would.

  2. Stuart I. Anderson

    So it’s between legendary conservative Joe Carr and no record Shane Reeves. I heard a one minute Shane radio add this morning and in that minute the add contained the word “conservative” no less than six times. I have a rule of thumb, if candidate X with no record is running against candidate Y with an impressive conservative record and candidate X’s commercial mentions “conservative” more than three times in a minute, X is nowhere near as conservative Y. With Mae Beavers and Mark Green out of the State Senate let’s pray that the people of the 14th District vote Joe Carr in.