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Local Primary Election Gets Dirty

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by Chris Conte

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn.- The primary battle between two local Republicans fighting for the same seat in District 70 got ugly on Saturday, after one of the candidates sent out thousands of flyers attacking his opponent's criminal past.

"I think it's relevant to the voters of District 70. They have a right to know about their candidates," explained Don Parr who had his campaign send 5,000 of the flyers out.

When Don says the candidates, he's really only talking about one candidate, his opponent Barry Doss. The flyers Don's campaign distributed were titled "Barry Doss: A Campaign of Criminal Activity."

"Obviously I had some concerns about it, or I wouldn't want it to be published," Barr explained.

What Don Parr and his flyers are referring to are two charges that are apart of Barry Doss's past-- charges that include criminal trespassing and assault.

"He's down by double digits, and desperate people do desperate things, but I can take it," Barry Doss responded on Saturday.

"They wanna make it out like I was handcuffed and brought to jail, and that was not the case at all," Doss added.

In fact the assault charge was dismissed. As for the criminal trespassing charge, Barry says it was over 10 years ago, and he merely stepped onto a school bus to talk to a bus driver. Court documents show the two got into an argument.

"I have no interest whatsoever in getting into dirty politics," Barry added.

Voters in District 70 will now decide what they want to do with this information when they head to the Republican Party's Primary election on August 2nd

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