Commission deadlocks on naming Cooper replacement in state Senate

McMINNVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Warren County Commission deadlocked on several votes to name a replacement for state Sen. Jerry Cooper.

After six ballots failed to earn either of two finalists enough votes, the commission decided to recess until Tuesday evening to try again.

A Senate Democratic Caucus spokesman says the two remaining candidates are Commissioner Bill Zechman and attorney Steve Roller. Both are Democrats like Cooper.

Zechman had 11 votes to Roller's nine. It takes 12 votes to win.

Cooper resigned from the Senate earlier this month after the Registry of Election Finance issued him a record fine for transferring campaign money into his personal account.

Cooper had served in the Senate since 1985.

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