Dickson High School graduate Sara Peery Kyle nominated to fill husband’s seat in state Senate

Sara Peery Kyle
Sara Peery Kyle

After considering a run for governor, former Dickson resident Sara Peery Kyle has now been nominated by the Shelby County Democratic Party to fill her husband’s seat in the Tennessee Senate. Kyle will face Republican George Flinn in a Nov. 4 special election for the 30th District seat in the Senate after Jim Kyle resigned following his election as a chancery court judge in August. The winner of the special election will serve the two years remaining on Kyle’s term. The daughter of the late Bruce and Emma Gene Clement Peery of Dickson and a 1970 graduate of Dickson High School, Sara Peery Kyle is the last Democrat other than Phil Bredesen to win a statewide election when she was elected to the former Public Service Commission in 1994. She briefly considered seeking the Democratic nomination to oppose Gov. Bill Haslam but announced in January she would not run this year. The Democratic Executive Committee members from House districts in the 30th Senatorial District narrowly chose Kyle Monday over former Sen. Beverly Marrero and former Rep. Carol Chumney. The Shelby County Republican Party Steering Committee previously chose Flinn as its nominee in the heavily Democratic district. Jim Kyle had served in the General Assembly since 1982 and made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010. A former school teacher, public defender and attorney, Sara Kyle served on the PSC, which became the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, until March 2013 when she resigned saying changes made by Haslam left the agency ineffective. She is the niece of the late Gov. Frank Clement and the late Sen. Anna Belle Clement O’Brien. A radiologist and owner of more than 40 radio stations, Flinn is a former Shelby County commissioner who has run unsuccessfully for U.S. House, U.S. Senate and Shelby County mayor.