The decision by Sen. Joe Haynes not to seek re-election has resulted in many politicians both current and past to jut their fingers up skyward to get a sense of where the political winds may be blowing.
On the Republican side, it appears that Dickerson will have a challenger, either in the form of David Hall, who defeated the establishment backed Jeff Hartline in the 2010 Republican Congressional primary. Or Eric Crafton, our xenophobic former Councilman from Bellevue who seems to have run and lost for all manner of races in the past couple of years.
On the Democratic side, the field also appears deep. Ronnie Steine has expressed interest in exploring a race, but with a stated affinity for the ability of local government to effect change at a faster and more dramatic pace than that of the Tennessee State Senate. Tim Garrett's name is also in the mix as a guy with money who could buy his way into the seat. I've also heard former Council at-large candidate Richard Exton's name being bandied about, in addition to David Briley who was recently drawn into the 21st Senate District and would have to move in order to run for the seat.
All told, the first open Senate seat in Davidson County since the 1980s is unsurprisingly going to result in a tough fight on both sides of the aisle.