By BROOKE WANSER
In a letter received today by the Williamson County Election Commission, the state’s Republican Party disqualified District 63 candidate RaeShawn Sanchez, who sought to run in the party primary against longtime Rep. Glen Casada, for not meeting the “bona fide requirements.”
The letter was signed by Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden and received by the election commission at 11:40 a.m. on Thursday, 20 minutes prior to the withdrawal deadline.
Casada, the Republican Majority Leader, will run against Democrat Bill Peach in the November general election.
But Sanchez, the director of neighborhood services at Graceworks Ministries, said she “will not go quietly into the night.”
“It’s one of the most un-American, un-democratic things I’ve experienced,” she said.
Sanchez said Chad Gray, the county’s administrator of elections, called her 12:30 p.m. to give her the news.
“They had four months to talk to me about my positions, but to wait until the last day, the last hour? The optics on it look horrible,” Sanchez said. “They should have let the democratic process play out.”
Though the state Republican party did not return a request for comment, Sanchez said she believed it was likely she was disqualified because of her past voting records.
Atema decided not to run as a write-in candidate, but Sanchez said she will continue her campaign as a conservative. She said she is looking forward to capitalizing on what she sees as an unfair situation.
“Write me in, write me in!” she said. “For anybody who has ever stood against a bully, for anybody who has ever felt isolated , for anyone who has ever stood in the face of giants: write me in!”