Vote on District 29 replacement falls upon Shelby County Commission

The Shelby County Commission, made up of seven Republicans and six Democrats, will decide who will represent District 29 in the Tennessee Senate.

Republican Chairman Tom Moss is ready to nominate Terry Roland, the republican who lost the District 29 race to fill the vacancy.

"I think Terry is a very good representative of that end of the county," Moss said.

Marilyn Loeffel says she too will vote for Roland, and expects other Republicans to follow.

But the seat is traditionally held by a Democrat, and those party members do not want to lost it.

"I'm not sure that's a road they want to go down, because that sets a new precedent to for this county commission," said Commissioner Deidre Malone. "If that's what they want to do, I'm sure it will be a heated debate and healthy discussion, and it will be interesting to see what happens at that point."

It could all come down to this man, Commissioner Bruce Thompson, a Republican that his fellow commissioners view as a swing vote.

"I think we need to consider all factors, including who's running in the fall, and who could serve well now without having to campaign," Thompson said.

Once again, the race for the District 29 seat could be too close to call.