published Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Bradley Democrats host candidates

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CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- Two gubernatorial candidates and two congressional candidates have confirmed they will take part in the first Bradley County Democratic Party dinner in nearly three years.

Party Chairman George Patton said Ward Cammack and Roy Herron, seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, will speak.

Third District congressional candidates include Paula Flowers and Brent Benedict.

Mr. Cammack is a Bedford County businessman. Mr. Herron is a state senator and former state representative. Most recently he was chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus.

Ms. Flowers is former commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Industry. Mr. Benedict, from Chattanooga, was the Democratic Party candidate two years ago against Republican incumbent Zach Wamp.

The dinner will feature a photo presentation of prominent past Bradley County Democrats.. "Bradley County, not so many years ago, had numerous Democratic elected officials," Mr. Patton said.

Also featured Saturday will be Steve Lawson, who has said he is exploring a run for sheriff in the 2010 primaries.

Mr. Lawson, who now runs the Criminal Investigations Division of the Bradley County Sheriff's Department, said he has served five county sheriffs and has established a working relationship with the region's law enforcement agencies.

Mr. Lawson has said he will make his official announcement in the fall.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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