Local businessman and first-time candidate for the Tennessee House 57th District, Aaron Shane, announced this week that he is putting $150,000 into his campaign to oppose Representative Susan Lynn in the August 2 Republican primary.
Shane made the announcement of his significant personal financial commitment after beginning his campaign just two weeks prior on a “mission to protect the families of District 57 and repeal the gas tax increase.”
Shane is the owner of Shane Electric located in Mt. Juliet, which is a multi-year winner of the Best of Mt. Juliet award. Now a legal citizen, Shane originates from Canada, where he became an “admirer and student of how our Founding Fathers enumerated our God-given rights in the Constitution,” a stark contrast to “the excessive taxation and government overreach” he witnessed in Canada.
“I wouldn’t move back to Canada, if you paid me,” Shane emphatically tells The Tennessee Star.
A staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, member of the Tennessee Firearms Association and the National Rifle Association, Shane relays that in Canada if you legally own a gun and your house is broken into, you are still expected to call law enforcement and hope they arrive in time.
On his campaign website, Shane lays out his beliefs in making his case as “The Conservative Choice.” In doing so, he has a comprehensive platform in which he takes a hard stance on the “bathroom bill,” questioning how this has become an issue, committing to repeal the gas tax, being “100% pro-life,” Constitutional carry, prison reform, education and trade schools, business friendliness and term limits.
One issue that motivated his run and his family’s financial commitment to his campaign is political action committee (PAC) influences on elections and in his press release points specifically to his opponent’s acceptance of funding from lobbyists representing special interest groups.
Indeed, incumbent Susan Lynn’s most recent campaign financial disclosure, “Amended 2018 Early Year End Supplemental (2017)” dated February 7, 2018, showed contributions totaling $40,700. Seventy-seven percent of those contributions, $31,250, came from PACs while just 23 percent came from individuals.
In that report, Lynn’s single largest contribution of $5,000 came from the Tennessee Highway Contractors PAC.
Shane joined the race following the withdrawal by Jeremy Hayes after having his house raided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which Hayes claims was politically motivated and State Rep. Bo Mitchell (D-Nashville) referred to as “horrifying.”
Hayes points to Lynn’s admission that she sought the investigation and the statement made by Wilson County District Attorney Tommy Thompson that Hayes’ withdrawal from the race “was the outcome we wanted all along.”
Shane and Lynn will face off in the Republican primary on August 2, 2018.