published Friday, August 29th, 2014

State Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge to leave House seat

State Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, will resign his District 30 post Aug. 31, according to letters he sent to Gov. Bill Haslam and the Hamilton County Commission.

Dean was elected Hamilton County Criminal Court clerk on Aug. 7, replacing longtime Democratic incumbent Gwen Tidwell. The four-year term begins Monday.

County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said the County Commission will have to appoint someone to fill Dean's House seat from Monday until Dean's replacement is elected in November. But the commission wouldn't advertise for that appointment until the seat was vacated.

East Ridge Councilman Marc Gravitt won the Republican nomination for the District 30 post in August. No Democrat qualified for the race, so Gravitt is unopposed in the November election.

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