District 29 election stalemate has impact on voters

The stalemate in the District 29 election has a direct impact on voters, leaving some to believe politics is getting in the way of your civic services.

Since September 15th of last year, District 29 voters have been on a roller coaster ride with no clear picture of how this senate election will pan out.

While Ophelia Ford has been fighting to keep her seat, some wonder if the court battle is taking time away from her senate duties.

However, Ford's attorney, David Cocke, says she's devoting her full time to senate duties and hasn't missed a session. Cocke says she would rather focus her attention on her constituents.

District 29 represents about 172,000 people. After spending roughly 290 million dollars on the special election, voters will not know who will hold the seat through November until the full senate decides.

With the special senate committee voting in favor of voiding the election, political analysts are weighing the possibilities.

"The toughest thing, if you live in District 29 and you have a problem with the state government, and you wanna call your state senator, who're you gonna call? If the Tennessee State Senate voids the election, at least for some period of time, nobody will occupy that seat," said Political Analyst, Mike Nelson.

If the full Tennessee State Senate does not void the election, Ford will ride out the remainder of the term until the General Election. At that time, voters get another shot at choosing a senator for District 29. County Commissioners have the right to choose a replacement if the election is voided. That would minimize any downtime in having an empty senate seat.