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Haslam Adviser Slatery Applies For Tennessee AG

Haslam Adviser Slatery Applies For Tennessee AG

CREATED Aug 28, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's top legal adviser is applying to become Tennessee's next attorney general.

Herbert Slatery has served as Haslam's legal counsel for the duration of the governor's first term in office.

Other applicants so far include incumbent Attorney General Bob Cooper, who was previously former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen's legal counsel; state Sen. Doug Overbey of Maryville; and courts administrator Bill Young.

The deadline to apply for the eight-year term is noon Friday. Tennessee is the only state where the Supreme Court names the attorney general.

Democrats have a 3-2 advantage on the state's highest court after surviving an effort by some conservatives to defeat them in this month's retention elections.

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