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Commission committee votes to name replacement for Stanley

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Shelby County Commissioners are ready to fill Paul Stanley's vacant Tennessee State Senate seat, if only for a short time.

Wednesday, the Commission's General Government Committee recommended commissioners accept applications to fill the vacant District 31 State Senate seat until the Special election in October to permanently fill the seat. 

Stanley resigned after admitting he had an affair with legislative intern McKensie Morrison last April.  Commissioners have argued the Stanley affair could create a vacancy in the House, after two sitting state representatives announced they would run for his seat.

If Brian Kelsey or Steve McManus win the senate seat, they leave a House seat open - a seat that could be appointed by the County Commission. 

"I don't think we should appoint anyone," Commissioner Mike Carpenter said. "We're too close to a special election, and I think the voters should decide the issue.  In relation to the House position, it's held by a Republican - it's a Republican district.  If a position were to come open, I think a Republican should be appointed to that position."

"I think it's safe for us to fill the vacancy, and once we do have the election and we know who it is, we can appoint them so they can have a little advantage, seniority," Commissioner Steve Mulroy said.

Anyone who fulfills the state's minimal requirements of Senator can apply.  Applicants must be at least 30 years old and a resident District 31.

Commissioners say they hope to begin conducting interviews as early as August 26th, and expect to have the position filled by August 31st.

The dates won't be finalized until the full Shelby County Commission votes on the matter at their meeting on Monday.

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