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Another name surfaces in race for Senate seat

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By SAM HATCHER The Wilson Post


While one potential candidate for the 17th District State Senate seat has removed his name from consideration, a second person has indicated that he is considering a decision to enter the race for the Republican nomination.

John Rose, a former state agriculture commissioner and businessman who makes his home in neighboring DeKalb County, said Tuesday he has received a number of inquiries as to whether he might be interested in running for the post that is to be vacated this year by Sen. Mae Beavers. 

Rose said some have asked about his interest in the seat before businessman A.J. McCall announced over the weekend that he would not be a candidate and others have called since McCall’s announcement to ask if he would run.

Yesterday Rose would not commit to entering the race. He would say only that at this time “I am weighing the matter and realize that this is a very important decision.”

He said he was encouraged to enter the race from a number of people who had telephoned him.

“I can’t say today that I am a candidate but it is something that over the next several days I plan to think about and carefully consider,” he said.

The only other announced candidate in the Republican primary for the seat is State Rep. Susan Lynn of Wilson County.

Aubrey Givens is the only candidate who has announced seeking the Democratic nomination.

Rose, who has been active in Republican Party politics on all levels, holds a degree in agribusiness economics from Tennessee Tech, a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University, and a law degree from Vanderbilt.

Rose owns Lancaster Farm, one of Tennessee’s oldest working farms. Established in 1790, the Lancaster Farm is one of only 41 farms in Tennessee that predates the formation of the state of Tennessee

Long active in the Future Farmers of America, Rose currently serves as chairman of the Tennessee FFA Foundation and has held other key leadership positions with the organization on the state and national levels.

He was a principal organizer and currently serves as a member of the board of directors of MainStreet Media, a publication company that owns community newspapers and other periodicals in Tennessee and Florida including The Wilson Post in Lebanon.

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