Democrats don’t really know what to do about Jason Hernandez, the young, smart, educated, well-spoken Hispanic that is running on the Republican ticket for the state senate seat left open by the resignation of Roscoe Dixon in District 33.

I recently heard Jason speak. He is passionate and encompasses everything conservative that should appeal to minority communities. His credential are impeccable:

  • Four years serving his country in the Navy
  • Experience teaching at a Catholic high school in Memphis
  • B.A. in Environmental Science and Biology
  • MBA candidate at Union University
  • Long and varied history of involvement in the community

Jason Hernandez has a tough task in front of him. He faces stiff competition during the primary from a field of three other Republicans: former state representative Barry Sterling, Mary Ann Chaney McNeil and Mary Lynn Flood. Even if he wins the primary, he will probably be facing career politician Michael Hooks, who has significant name recognition. Moreover, district 33 is 80% Democrat.

On the positive side, this is a special election with only one item on the ballot — turnout will be very, very poor. If the Republicans can generate a good turnout they have a chance on picking off a seat that is usually a dead-cert for Democrats. It will be new Shelby GOP Chairman Bill Giannini’s first challange when he is elected later this month (which is another dead-cert).