High school teacher wants Hargett's seat

The first potential candidate has stepped

forward to replace state Representative Tre Hargett of

Bolton High School teacher Jim Coley says he'll run for the seat Hargett is vacating in mid-September when he goes to work for pharmaceutical maker Pfizer.

Coley teaches high school government and is an adjunct political science professor at the University of Memphis. He unsuccessfully opposed Hargett in the 1996 Republican primary.

Among those who say they might be interested in making a run are finance director Warren Young of the Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk's office and Bartlett aldermen Mike Morris and Bobby Simmons.

Governor Bredesen will call special primary elections within 60 days of the seat becoming vacant. A general election will come within 107 days.