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Sanderson re-elected in state House race

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bill Sanderson and his wife Marjie pose together at the Obion County GOP headquarters in Union City, Tenn. after it was announced he was the winner of the District 77 Tennessee House of Representatives race.
Bill Sanderson walked in to the history books on Tuesday evening after he won the Tennessee House of Representatives District 77 race.

Sanderson is only the second Republican ever to carry Dyer County in a state House race when he won his seat in 2010, but on Tuesday he became the first Republican ever to carry Dyer County in the House race for a second term and the first Republican to ever carry Lake County in a state House race.

Early voting results in Dyer County showed Sanderson with a lead over Democrat Mark Oakes with a total of 5,319 to Oakes' 2,745. Sanderson went on to take the county with 8,130 votes compared to the Oakes' 4,545 votes.

In Lake County, Sanderson brought in 1,056 votes and Oakes trailed with 821 votes. In Obion County, Sanderson had 5,193 votes with Oakes bringing in 1,969. Sanderson ultimately won with 14,379 votes throughout the district compared to Oakes' 7,335 votes.

In 2010, Sanderson beat Democrat Judy Barker by a vote of 8,225 to 7,939. In that race, Sanderson pulled in 3,450 votes to Barker's 1,913 in Dyer County. In Lake County, Barker beat Sanderson with 871 votes to Sanderson's 555. In Obion County, Sanderson had 4,220 votes and Barker had 5,155.

Sanderson said he wanted to thank the people of Dyer County for their support and knew he still had to work hard to win the race against Oakes.

"You never want to discount an opponent and Mark Oakes is a really good guy," said Sanderson. "Overall, it was a very friendly race and there is something to be said for that."

He noted his re-election was a result of hard work and people coming together for a common cause.

"I want to thank Dyer County for supporting me," said Sanderson.

Sanderson will also be part of a new super majority of Republicans. By controlling two-thirds of the seats in both chambers for the first time since the Reconstruction era, Republicans can now carry on business even if Democrats walk out of session.

"We feel like we can expedite the voting process," said Sanderson.

He noted the he supports states' rights and feels Tennesseans want to preserve conservative values.

"Nationally, President Obama was re-elected tonight, but Tennessee's vales have remained conservative and our state government is going to be there to protect those values," said Sanderson. "Washington, in my opinion, is headed down the wrong path, but the state of Tennessee overwhelmingly supported Mitt Romney. We want to see more state government and less federal government. We believe in the Fifth Amendment, which are states' rights. And we are there to protect states' rights regardless of what the path the federal government takes."

Sanderson said one of the first things the Legislature will have to deal with when they reconvene is how they will handle the Affordable Health Care Act.

"That's going to be our main agenda," said Sanderson.

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wishing sen. sanderson great success in representing us in nashville. from his own words tho, he and our state may very well be on the wrong side of history. if we are, we need to get on the correct side of history. america's pot is melting more every day.

-- Posted by closerlook on Wed, Nov 7, 2012, at 9:53 AM

It's only melting for the greedy... Hope is good for those who believe in scriptures... Times are tough, always been for some people, but hanging in their and making an honest effort pays off...

-- Posted by DMASE on Wed, Nov 7, 2012, at 10:22 AM

Mark Oakes never really stood a chance.

-- Posted by liveshere on Wed, Nov 7, 2012, at 5:06 PM

actually saw a paper(hardcopy) state gazette at a neighborhood quick pick today. they musta figured out on the paper side that we just went thru a presidential election in this country. they even used some of their front page news with a photo of our president. guess us guys paying for the electronic paper will have to just put up w/the little truth they decide to let us know of. no editorial page (of course, that's the free speech section) but with the editors they have there is no such thing as free speech. bout half the time they delete my comments..much to many of ur amusement!!

-- Posted by closerlook on Wed, Nov 7, 2012, at 5:06 PM

Congrats to Sanderson. Mark did better than most expected. Good clean race!

-- Posted by dyercoresident on Wed, Nov 7, 2012, at 8:18 PM

Dear State Gazette:

Can you please tell me why you are the only paper in America they did not post that President Obama won the election???

I am in Germany and its posted in the small villages here but not in my hometowns paper that is in America...

State Gazette Showing your real colors

-- Posted by austin on Wed, Nov 7, 2012, at 11:16 PM
Response by SG:
The emphasis of the State Gazette website is to provide coverage of local issues. Coverage of national events is provided by the Associated Press in the section "Videos from across the U.S." Extensive coverage was given of the presidential election in this section.

The Gazette website also featured Associated Press coverage of the presidential election in 2008, although in a different format.

Additionally, technical issues at the AP prevented the purchase of photos the night of the presidential election. AP gives strict guidelines governing use of its content on websites.

For coverage of national issues, please scroll down to the section titled "Videos from across the U.S."

Austin..Change will be all over the world except for Dyer Co. It hasn't changed from the the beginning all the way up to now and it's sad for those who think thats how life is because they don't journey out...

-- Posted by DMASE on Wed, Nov 7, 2012, at 11:34 PM

Its ok with me for the state gazette to keep obama out of thier news

At wdsg radio years ago one get fired mentioning

a republican name on air

Times have changed

-- Posted by tank2 on Thu, Nov 8, 2012, at 8:19 AM

Yeah u right.... times change when a person of color rises up and white folks just can't stand it, but blame the white folks who voted him in... Theres not enough people of color in the U.S. alone to put him in ...Dummy..

-- Posted by DMASE on Thu, Nov 8, 2012, at 10:58 AM

Gazette... u are just a big, fat lie..... How could u even tweak ur poisonous fingers to type that....

-- Posted by DMASE on Thu, Nov 8, 2012, at 11:01 AM

tank 2, u lie about person getting fired at wtro/wasl or w d s g for mentioning person republican or democrat on the air. i started working at w d s g in 1960, and worked off and on until the mid 1980s at all dyersburg stations and others in the west tenn area. as far as i know or have knowledge, i was only news person ever fired, but it wasn't because of mentioning any person on the air. i was told by don minkle (who was a owner partner w/eddie burks at the time) that it was because they wanted to become a juke-box essentially. this was about 5 or 6 weeks after he had given me a substantial raise for the work i was doing. when i got fired there i went to w d s g (we called it the worst damn station going, ha!) joanne ward paid me about half what i was earning at the other station, so i saddled up and left town. never did amount to much, but have always upheld the right for the people to have a free press and freedom of speech. s g, you'll probably delete this message from your comments section, but it is the truth regardless of how long it last on comments section. wtro/wasl still reads their local news from the state gazette normally, and they should be ashamed to allow dyersburg/dyer county/n.west tn to allowing the state gazette and the d'burg news to have total dominance of what the news actually is.

-- Posted by closerlook on Thu, Nov 8, 2012, at 2:25 PM

ap is not the only news service going! there are other pictures available. just get off ur lazy u no what and get it done!

-- Posted by closerlook on Thu, Nov 8, 2012, at 2:27 PM

That's a butch of Malarkey SG.

-- Posted by win2kadm on Thu, Nov 8, 2012, at 2:44 PM


So you are telling me that you dont cover the biggest event of the year.Lets keep this real and honest that way no way has to lie.I am from Dyersburg so I know how the reporting is done there so dont try to blow smoke up my butt, I been there, done that and have the badge to prove it.Every paper in the World took time out from there normal coverage to write of this but you want me to believe there was a issue with the AP service.Let me make sure I dont misquote you " Additionally, technical issues at the AP prevented the purchase of photos the night of the presidential election. AP gives strict guidelines governing use of its content on websites".There were so many ways to get photos and news for a story.I know there are people in Dyersburg that still have TV's that work and I know your internet works.I think they have something

called copy and paste.So maybe in the future you will try using this option.,...

Now lets get real,You didn't post it because you didn't want to show a black man on your front page doing anything worth while.Now if it was drug related, oh you would carry that for sure. Oh I am sure some will say this isn't true but the facts are the facts

-- Posted by austin on Thu, Nov 8, 2012, at 4:31 PM

State Gazette:

Additionally if you dont cover national events why would you run a poll asking about the Presidents relationship with Congress over the next 4 years.Surely you are not talking of a national event in your local news.This would be contrary to what you posted above.Let me make sure I dont misquote you "The emphasis of the State Gazette website is to provide coverage of local issues". Coverage of national events is provided by the Associated Press in the section "Videos from across the U.S."...Either your policy has changed overnight or maybe you are just full of Hot Air for less of a better word.

Please Explain????

-- Posted by austin on Thu, Nov 8, 2012, at 4:38 PM

State Gazette is getting their arse handed to them.... showing who they really are....

-- Posted by DMASE on Fri, Nov 9, 2012, at 12:10 AM

call s g what they are starts w/ ra; ends w/ist. tired of seeing the accused law breakers mug shots covering front page. take ur camara to court get pic of d a bivens, ask him why he plead down almost every crime. then get pic of convicted criminal and put of front page. leave these people who are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law off the front page until they are proven criminals. add another section for the puff stuff u put on front page. u are here to service us. tell us the truth; quit putting smiley face on everything. do ur duty, job, inform us! that is why you are there! and that's why u can't sell anything much on ur want ad page. wake up. ur on the wrong side of history!

-- Posted by closerlook on Fri, Nov 9, 2012, at 3:23 AM

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