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Nashville advocate Charlane Oliver cinches Democratic nomination for Senate District 19

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Charlane Oliver is the favorite in the Democratic-leaning district.

She faces Republican Pime Hernandez in the Nov. 8 general election.

Nonprofit executive and social justice advocate Charlane Oliver secured the Democratic nomination for Senate District 19 on Thursday, beating out former Metro Council members Ludye Wallace and Jerry Maynard with nearly 44% of the vote.

Oliver is expected to coast to a win in the Nov. 8 general general, as the district is a longtime Democratic stronghold. The winner will succeed Sen. Brenda Gilmore, who announced she would not seek reelection earlier this year.

The Equity Alliance executive will face Republican Pime Hernandez, who had no primary opposition.

The District 19 race opened in an unusual fashion this spring, as longtime incumbent Gilmore ran afoul of a little-used “anti-skullduggery” act when she announced a sudden retirement after the filing deadline had passed.The act, intended to block incumbents from effectively handpicking a successor, was triggered as Gilmore announced her plans to step down after public defender Keeda Haynes had filed.The move reopened ballot access in the race, drawing in Oliver, Maynard, Wallace along with candidates Barry Barlow and Rossi Turner. Though on the ballot, Turner eventually threw his support behind Oliver. More: Andy […]

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