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Various House & Senate Notes

May 25, 2011
tags: 2011 State House, 2011 State Senate
by Brett

** The big news today- and for the election cycle really- was that Speaker Billy McCoy will be retiring. He has been Speaker since 2004, and that race will certainly be one we follow into January. As for HD 3, the seat McCoy has held since 1980, Fire McCoy is reporting that Tracy Arnold, the 2007 GOP nominee, qualified today. He joins Democrat Bobby Wren.

** No Democrat has yet to come forward to qualify for SD 46, the seat currently held by Sen. David Baria. This is a largely conservative district and would be a Republican pickup if no Democrat qualifies.

** A Democrat, Jason White, has qualified to run against Rep. Mary Ann Stevens in HD 48. This district is about 48 percent black so Democrats would certainly like someone less than conservative than Stevens. I am not sure if White is in that mold, but Stevens will have a primary challenger.

** We are still waiting for a re-election announcement from Rep. Diane Peranich. She has held the HD 121 seat for some time and has waited an awful long time to make a decision. With McCoy out, you’d think she may be out too. Peranich is still popular even though this is a conservative district, but if she leaves you’d think Republican Jeff Wallace would have the upper hand.

Update: Peranich has qualified for re-election, so she will be seeking another four-year term.

** The MSGOP touted the candidacy of Van Branch for the open SD 10 seat today. Right now, he would be matched up with Democrat Steve Hale for the seat held by Nolan Mettetal, a Republican who opted to run for the House. This should be a good race, but it is a tough district for Republicans. Mettetal switched parties after his last election so he has not been elected as a Republican yet.

** There is a rumor going around right now that Sen. Terry Burton may withdraw from his re-election bid as a Republican and run as an independent which would guarantee his spot on the general election ballot in November. That would be a very smart political move. On Monday, we looked at some of the trouble he would have in a GOP primary with Rep. Tad Campbell.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. TheSilenceIsConsent permalink
    May 26, 2011 1:42 am

    So, who is the Republican running for SD 46 (the seat held by Senator Baria at present)?

    • May 26, 2011 8:57 am

      Brian Cuevas, Mickey Lagrasse and Fred Sullivan are qualified as Republicans. There is also a Constitutional party candidate.

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