The democratic primary ballot in north Nashville is crowded this year with some state legislators facing challengers for the first time in nearly 10 years. Jesse Tucker is running against State Senator Thelma Harper, who has run opposed in a primary since 1994. State Representative Mary Pruitt’s last primary challenger was in 1998. Tomorrow, she’ll face Jason Powell for the nomination.
The most visibly contested race, however, is the democratic nomination for the seat currently held by State Representative Edith Langster. Langster’s opponents are architect Melvin Gill and Metro Councilwoman Brenda Gilmore, whose term is up in the Metro council.
Reverend Enoch Fuzz directs the Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church and hosts a public affairs show on WVOL. He says it’s not clear why there are more candidates in this year’s democratic primary.
“I don’t know if there will be an incumbency backlash. You hear folks talk about ‘we need to get rid of all the politicians.’ I don’t think I’ve ever really seen that. Not from this community anyway, especially from African American voters. Those voters are usually pretty loyal to a candidate.”
Voting in the primary begins tomorrow. Contact your county election commission office to find out what time polls open and where you can vote.