Givens confident about primary

June 1, 2006 – While former state lawmaker Robert Rochelle was critical of incumbent State Sen. Mae Beavers during a press conference Wednesday, he did not mention his opponent in August's Democratic primary, Lebanon resident Aubrey Givens. Givens, however, said he was not bothered by the omi...
Jun 7, 2006

 

June 1, 2006 – While former state lawmaker Robert Rochelle was critical of incumbent State Sen. Mae Beavers during a press conference Wednesday, he did not mention his opponent in August's Democratic primary, Lebanon resident Aubrey Givens.
Givens, however, said he was not bothered by the omission.
"It really isn't a concern. In fact, him (Rochelle) overlooking this candidacy is probably a good thing," said Givens, a Nashville attorney. "Certainly, we've been on the campaign trail quite a bit. We're getting a lot of positive feedback, and that's with voters who obviously know there is a primary going on between myself and Mr. Rochelle."
Over the past few weeks, Givens said he has campaigned heavily across the eight counties that make up the 17th District. He maintains voters in the district remain opposed against an income tax – a measure endorsed by then-Sen. Rochelle in 2002.
"(Voters) know that I stand firmly against a state income tax. I've said that from day one," Givens said. "I have never went back and forth on that issue, and I believe that the voters appreciate that."
Givens, who said he plans to campaign heavily in Smith and Wilson counties in the coming weeks, said his steadfast opposition to a state income tax strengthens his chances of defeating Rochelle in the Democratic primary.
"A lot of the voters that we have spoken with seem to appreciate the fact I have always stood firmly against the income tax, and I believe that will be one of the issues that help me win … come Aug. 3," he concluded.

 

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