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Thomas Ken Owens

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T.K. Owens
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Tennessee
Thomas Ken Owens was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Tennessee.[1][2]



See also: United States Senate elections in Tennessee, 2012

Owens ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Tennessee. He was defeated by Mark Clayton in the August 2 Democratic primary.[2]


See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2010

Owens ran in the 2010 election for Tennessee State Senate District 3. He ran unopposed in the August 5 Democratic primary and was defeated by incumbent Rusty Crowe (R) in the general election which took place on November 2, 2010.[3]


Solicitation to commit first degree murder

In August 2013, Owens was arrested after allegedly trying to hire a hit man to kill his uncle, a pastor and bailiff. The deal was struck in the parking lot of a sports bar, where Owens offered $500 to a police informant he believed to be a hit man. Owens also provided the photo and address of his uncle Ernest "Ernie" Widby, who is the founder and pastor of the local church, New Zion Faith Center. Owens was charged with solicitation to commit first degree murder.[4]

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