Just What Does the Word "Nominate" Mean?

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper has said that state Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, does not have to step down from ...
by | March 20, 2008

Dean_2 Chattanooga Times Free Press:

Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper has said that state Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, does not have to step down from his House seat if the Republican party nominates him for Hamilton County sheriff in the Aug. 7 election.

State law says no member of the General Assembly can be "nominated or commissioned" to be sheriff.

"We think that the term 'nominated and commissioned' as used in (the law) is best read as referring to the final selection of a sheriff by qualified voters and not the nomination of a candidate for sheriff by a political party," the attorney general's opinion states.

Hat tip: Tennessee Politics Blog

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