So, another one bites the dust. After three decades in service to his district, Sen. Joe Haynes has decided to let someone else take over representing the significantly altered 20th Senate District.
The most likely Republican candidate is Steve Dickerson, who tried his hand at defeating Sen. Henry two years ago and was clearly unsuccessful. Moments after the Senate Republicans announced their intentions towards Davidson County, he pounced on the opportunity to run in the more Republican friendly 20th.
On the Democratic side the picture is a little less clear. The Tennessean reported that Nashville lawyer Kevin Doherty has been mulling a run for this seat. Doherty has been an active giver to the Democratic party and its candidates in the past, and has recently launched a non-profit organization whose intention is the change the political system which is geared towards gridlock and demagoguery, especially in Washington.
Another name that I've heard being floated from some of those famed "Democratic insiders" is that of recently elected Councilman Brady Banks. Banks, 33, won his Republican leaning 4th Council District by a nearly 20 point margin against his tea party supported Republican challenger Dave Patterson. Banks is a Hermitage native who has a Divinity degree from Harvard and worked for Sen. Roy Herron on his State Senate race in 2004, and later left the Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods to work on the Senator from Dresden's short-lived 2010 Gubernatorial campaign. Oh, and he and his minister wife just had a baby...so, if you were to create a Democratic candidate in a lab to run in this district, you'd be getting something roughly similar to Brady Banks (unlike lab-grown Mitt Romney though, he has a likeable personality).
Brady's roots in eastern Davidson County coupled with his strength and organization in southwest Davidson could be a political asset were he to run in a general election against Dickerson who would have to run up the score in heavily Republican Belle Meade. But, of course, that all depends on whether he'd want to run another race after just going through a year long council race and having a baby. Either way, you can expect that Democrats will compete heavily for this district, and against a politically inept but well-funded Dickerson, we have a strong shot at holding it.