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Nashville has an open state Senate seat after the last-minute retirement of Sen. Brenda Gilmore in April.
Gilmore held the Senate seat for four years, but had been in public office in Nashville for nearly two decades.
At first it seemed like there would be only one candidate in the Democratic primary for a seat long held by Democrats.
But Gilmore's retirement created drama and triggered a little-known state law that's in place to prevent incumbents from picking their successors.
Here is everything to know about the upcoming state Senate race.
What law did Gilmore violate?
Gilmore violated the Anti-Skullduggery Act of 1991, which reopens ballot access for candidates if the incumbent in the race retires after the filing deadline.
The law is in place to prevent incumbents from picking their successors.
With Gilmore's retirement, only former public defender Keeda Haynes remained on the ballot for the Democratic primary after the April filing deadline.
Gilmore received sharp criticism for retiring after the deadline in what seemed like an attempt to favor Haynes.
But, the blowback hurt Haynes, who withdrew from the race.
Who's on the ballot?
Ludye N. Wallace
Who are the favorites?
Oliver, Maynard and Wallace are among the candidates with highest name recognition.
Oliver is the executive director of The Equity Alliance, an organization working to help Black and other minority communities build political and economic power. She was named one of The Tennessean's People of the Year in 2020.
Maynard is a former Metro council member, serving from 2007 to 2015. He was involved in controversial $150,000 contract with Nashville General Hospital, following his term as council member. Maynard now runs a consulting group called The Maynard Group.
Wallace is a former president of the Nashville branch of the NAACP and a longtime former Metro council member. He ran for mayor in 2019.
What areas does the seat represent?
Tennessee lawmakers drew new Senate district boundaries this year, but Democrats have held the District 19 seat for decades.
District 19 is one of four Senate seats that represents parts of Davidson County.
The new seat represents North Nashville, the White's Creek area, Antioch and parts of South Nashville.
When is the election?
The primary election is on Aug. 4, and the general election is on Nov. 8.
Adam Friedman is The Tennessean’s state government and politics reporter. Reach him by email at email@example.com.
This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Skullduggery to candidates, what to know about Nashville's Senate race