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Republicans run up the tally in TN House primaries

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Both Republican and Democratic candidates ran unopposed in their respective primaries, but the totals of the conservative party were nearly four times that of their counterparts.

However, Thursday night's races were all in preparation for the Nov. 8 General Election.

State House District 46

Rep. Mark Pody collected 3,366 votes in the Tennessee House District 46 Republican Primary. He received more than 4,600 votes throughout District 46.

Pody has served District 46 since 2010. He works on the Lebanon Public Square in the insurance industry.

In the Nov. 8 General Election he will be faced against Amelia Morrison Hipps, the Democratic challenger, who collected 1,006 votes in Wilson County and more than 1,400 votes across Wilson, Cannon and DeKalb Counties.

Her honest and outspoken nature is a trait that Hipps was born with. Admittedly interested in politics by the age of 8, Hipps said her father told her she was "too blunt" and "too honest" to be a politician - but good luck.

Hipps, a journalism veteran of 25 years, was approached two years ago to pursue public officer; however, "the timing wasn't right." Hipps, an only child, explained that her father passed away that year and she was busy helping her mother.

Hipps told Coleman Walker how her journalism experience influenced her decision to run for State Representative. "I felt like journalism was a calling. I felt like if you try really hard and you are fair and balanced, you could be of service to those communities (where the newspapers were located)," she said. After leaving journalism, she said she missed being of service.

She was also eager to get back into the community and hear stories.

"I want to listen to people. That is the only campaign promise I will ever make. I may not always agree with your position, and I may not be able to help you, but I'll listen and be honest and tell you whether I can or can't," Hipps said.

Hipps said she thinks there needs to be more of a balance in the general assembly.

"I think we need to all work together and compromise."

She added, "A lot of people didn't expect Democrats to turn out. Many people wanted to have a say in the Republican race, so they switched over to vote in that primary.

"Now the real race starts."

State House District 57

State Rep. Susan Lynn received 4,465 votes in Wilson County, running unopposed for the Republican nomination.

She will face Trisha Farmer in November who received 1,166 votes in her unopposed bid for the Democratic nomination.

Wilson County Voting Results

State House District 46

Republican Primary

Mark Pody- 3,366

Democratic Primary

Amelia Morrison Hipps- 1,006

State House District 57

Republican Primary

Susan Lynn- 4,465

Democratic Primary

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