TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 20, 2018
The Tennessee Democratic Party has refiled a lawsuit seeking to keep former state GOP Chairman Robin Smith off the ballot in the Aug. 2 primary ballot, Chattanoogan.com reports. In response, the Hamilton County Election Commission has called an emergency meeting for Monday at 9 a.m. Democrats are contending that there was no valid reason for incumbent Rep. Gerald McCormick to drop out of the race after the deadline. They originally filed the lawsuit in Davidson County, but saw it dismissed for being filed in the wrong venue. Hamilton County Chancellor Pam McNutt Fleenor has set the matter for a hearing for Aug. 6. McNutt Fleenor has a personal connection to the case — Smith served as a campaign advisor to her when she ran for judge in 2014.