TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Josie Beets on Aug 8, 2014

Attorneys fared fairly well in General Assembly races across the state yesterday, with big wins in Memphis and Nashville.

In Memphis, attorney, law professor and Memphis City Councilman Lee Harris defeated Sen. Ophelia Ford in Senate District 29.  Also in Memphis, attorney Rep. Raumesh Akbari won the Democratic primary for District 91. Akbari won a special election last fall to fill the seat vacated when 40-year political veteran state Rep. Lois DeBerry died.

 In Nashville, attorney John Ray Clemmons defeated long-time state Rep. Gary Odom in House District 55. He has no Republican general election opponent. Jeff Yarbro, an attorney with Bass, Berry & Sims, won the Democratic primary race for the seat vacated by retiring senior legislator Douglas Henry in Senate District 21. Yarbro will face Republican candidate Diana Cueller in November. And real estate attorney Bill Beck defeated former Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Director Jennifer Buck Wallace in the primary race to fill the seat of retiring House Democratic Caucus Chair Mike Turner. Beck will face Republican Brian Mason in the general election for House District 51.

Elsewhere in west Tennessee, principal and coach David Byrd defeated attorney Rep. Vance Dennis in House District 71. Attorney Leigh Rosser WIlburn won the Republican primary in House District 94. The seat was vacated by Rep. Barrett Rich, who acted as her campaign treasurer.

In Knoxville, Sen. Stacey Campfield lost to Knox County Commissioner Richard Briggs (not an attorney), who took 67 percent of the vote. Attorney Martin Daniel edged out incumbent Rep. Steve Hall to be the Republican nominee for House District 18.