Leatherwood Beats Mills

CA reporter Ryan Poe writes, “After losing the Circuit Court clerk race by a wide margin, Shelby County Register of Deeds Tom Leatherwood will run for the open House of Representatives District 99 seat left vacant by the sudden death of Rep. Ron Lollar. Leatherwood won the party’s appointment to the Nov. 6 ballot last night Monday, defeating Republican Party of Shelby County chairman Lee Mills, as reported by The Daily News. He’ll face well-known Germantown Democrat Dave Cambron. Mills’ bid for the office raised eyebrows among Republicans, even though he and his wife — County Commission District 1 candidate Amber Mills — recused themselves from the vote. And those eyebrows furrowed after the party’s Aug. 2 election rout. Before Thursday, Cambron seemed destined for defeat. But now? Well, his victory is still a stretch in the heavily Republican district. But if the “blue wave” carries into November and the “red tide” remains out — well, all bets are off.”

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