The Race is On In District 73


Chris Todd

By Brandon Shields, Jackson Sun

A growing dispute between rival candidates for the Republican nomination for the District 73 seat in the state House of Representatives is turning personal, and both candidates claim it’s someone from outside the district making the accusations.

Chris Todd and Madison County Commissioner Jay Bush are seeking the nomination.

Recent mailouts accuse Bush of being a “fake Republican” with images of him next to Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump. The mailouts, which urge voters to say “No way Jay,” were apparently sent to voters throughout the district, which includes most of Madison County and the city of Jackson.

Todd said he’s not behind the ads and doesn’t support them.

“We have been as surprised and as disgusted by the name-calling in those ads as anyone,” Todd said in a message to the Sun. “My wife and I are especially sickened by this, and have told my opponent and his wife that in person, asking if they knew how to make it stop.”

The mail-outs were sent by CAS-PAC, a political action committee run by Glen Casada, the Representative for District 63 in Williamson County. Casada was quoted June 3 by the Times-Free Press in Chattanooga saying he has aspirations of becoming the new Speaker of the House in Nashville since current Speaker Beth Harwell is running for governor and not for re-election as a representative.

Editor’s Notes: Not all the ads are necessarily incorrect. County Commission voted to raise taxes when there was an alternative presented to the commission that didn’t raise taxes. Jay Bush voted in favor of a tax increase. The tax increase discussion was caused when the Jackson city council at the advice of the mayor removed 12 million dollars from the school budget due to their inability to control its own budget. 

Messages left on Casada’s phone were not answered.

Bush said he thinks Casada’s PAC involving itself in the election in Madison County is motivated by Casada’s hopes to become the next Speaker.

“I’m from Clarksville, and Curtis Johnson is a friend of mine that’s contributed to my campaign,” Bush said. “Curtis is reported to be interested in the Speaker position, and my guess is Casada thinks I’d vote for Curtis if I’m elected.”

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