Third-term incumbent District 17 State Sen. Mae Beavers easily defeated challenger Clark Boyd in the Republican primary Thursday, Aug. 7.
Based on final numbers from Wilson and Smith counties, with partial numbers from Clay, DeKalb and Macon counties and none from Cannon County, the vote, unofficially, was 13,214 for Beavers and 9,400 for Boyd.
“I just want to thank everybody for all of their hard work in my campaign,” said Beavers from her campaign party headquarters at the Holiday Inn Express in Mt. Juliet. “I just look forward to the future and working to bring everybody to better.”
Beavers, who will have no Democratic opponent in the General Election, said it will be the first time she hasn’t had an opponent in the November election in a long time.
She said she plans to spend her time between now and November helping other candidates and working on “Yes on One” campaign for the first Constitutional amendment on the November ballot.
“Voting yes on Amendment #1 will allow the voters to decide if they want the state legislature or the state Supreme Court making the laws on abortion,” Beavers said. “It does not outlaw abortion.”
Beavers was the prime sponsor of the bill in the state Senate.
Boyd, who was seeking his first political office, said he was proud of his campaign.
“We ran a good race. I learned about campaigning that would be useful in the future should I decide to run for office again,” he said.
“I’m humbled by the support I received from the community and the volunteers. We wish Mrs. Beavers the best moving forward.”
When asked if this was her last campaign, Beavers laughed and said, “We’ll see.”
Amelia Morrison Hipps is a correspondent for The Wilson Post. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.