Around the South for Dec. 8: TN, TX & KY


Tennessee: Bredesen for senator. Former Volunteer State Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) announced yesterday that he is running for the US Senate seat being vacated by US Sen. Bob Corker (R), reports The Tennessean. Bredesen, a moderate Democrat who was a successful CEO of the state, will likely win the Democratic Primary handily, but will have a tougher time facing the Republican nominee, most likely US Rep. Marsha Blackburn or perhaps former US Rep. Steve Fincher ……. Texas: Valdez for governor. Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez has added her name to the crowded field of Democrats who want to succeed term-limited Gov. Greg Abbott (R) next year. Valdez was the first openly gay Hispanic sheriff in the nation. She had a career in law enforcement before getting elected sheriff of Dallas County, reports The Texas Tribune ……. Kentucky: Ermold for county clerk. David Ermold, one of the gay men denied a marriage license by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, announced Wednesday that he will challenge Davis for her job. Davis cited religious objections to same sex marriage. Ermold will run as a Democrat; Davis is a Republican …….