Steps To Replace Former State Representative Mark Lovell

MEMPHIS, TENN (localmemphis.com) - Now that former State Representative Mark Lovell has resigned, Local 24 dug deep to find out the next steps in finding his replacement. 

Lovell held the position only for 5 weeks and we are told more than a dozen people are interested in his job. 

Shelby County Commissioner George Chism says the process will be quick. The Shelby County Commission is in charge of finding a temporary replacement for Lovell's seat and Chism says he's gotten interest from nearly 20 people for the job. 

The commission appoints a temporary replacement. Chism says he is still waiting to hear back from the Shelby County Attorney on when the commissioners can get a resolution on the agenda to set a special election date.  He says those who are interested in running must apply and have a commissioner sponsor you.

House Speaker Beth Harwell says because Lovell resigned, there will not be any investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations.  Some Tennessee Democrats are calling for an independent investigator to look into the sexual harrassment claims. 

"We need a full investigation into the facts of the allegations that have come forward in the press today and we need to know what happened. We need to protect the identity of the victim but we can still have a complete investigation," said Representative Mike Stewart, D-Nashville, District 52.

Lovell's office will remain open. IN his brief stint he did have time to sponsor 11 bills. The special election can happen as early as May. 


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