NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Voters will fill a west Tennessee state Senate seat Tuesday.
Republican Paul Stanley of Memphis resigned in August 2009 following an alleged extortion plot that revealed an affair he had with a 22-year-old legislative intern.
Stanley stepped down from his position as Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee.
A special election will be held Tuesday to determine a replacement to serve out Stanley's remaining term.
Republicans have picked former State House Member Brian Kelsey of Germantown to run for the Memphis-area seat.
Democrat Adrienne Pakis-Gillon is running against Kelsey.
Court records show Stanley, a 47-year-old married father of two, told agents investigating a blackmail case that he had a sexual relationship with McKensie Morrison, a student at Austin Peay State University.
Morrison's boyfriend, Joel Watts, is charged with trying to extort $10,000 from Stanley in exchange for explicit pictures of her that "appeared to be taken in Stanley's apartment."
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