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June 08, 2006

Battle for the General Assembly 2006: House Districts 1-11 & 35

With less than two months remaining before the August elections, I had better step up the posting pace. 99 House seats are too many to make individual posts for, so I'm combining several at a time. I'm also going to focus "primarily" on primaries, since, even though I don't really care for public financing of party nominations, that's what's happening on August 3. General election info/analysis will come later. Here's the first installment.

District 1 (part of Sullivan County)
Rep. Steve Godsey decided to run for County Mayor (as incumbent Richard Venable set his sights on the open US House seat), and the resulting open seat is approached by two Republicans, two Independents, and one Democrat. County Commissioner John Crawford faces Bristol businessman John Lunberg in the GOP primary.

District 2 (another part of Sullivan County)
Democratic Rep. Nathan Vaughn is unopposed.

District 3 (yet another part of Sullivan County, plus Johnson County)
Republican Rep. Jason Mumpower is unopposed.

District 4 (Carter County)
Rep. Jerome Cochran is being challenged by Kent Williams in the Republican primary.

District 5 (Unicoi County; part of Greene County)
Republican Rep. David B. Hawk is unopposed.

District 6 (parts of Hawkins and Washington Counties)
See my earlier post on this all-GOP showdown.

District 7 (part of Washington County)
There are no contested primaries, despite early rumblings from two bloggers (1) (2) who are decidedly opposed to incumbent Matthew Hill.

District 8 (parts of Blount and Sevier Counties)
Republican Rep. Joe McCord is unopposed.

District 9 (Hancock County; part of Hawkins County)
Rep. Mike Harrison has attracted two challengers from within his own party, as well as one from the Democrats. A recent Rogersville Review article briefly mentions GOP candidates Ed Baird and Bill Sharp, and that Baird named healthcare reform as his top campaign issue.

District 10 (Hamblen County)
Democratic Rep. John Litz is unopposed.

District 11 (Cocke County; part of Greene County)
There are no contested primaries.

District 35 (Claiborne and Grainger Counties; part of Jefferson County)
"Coach" Roach faces a couple of mutineers as well. Rich Brewer and Judi Runions Swilling will each try to unseat Roach in the Republican primary and then ease past Ed Baldwin in November.

I'd really appreciate hearing from readers who know more about these candidates. I can't provide much in the way of analysis here, not to mention handicapping; but a good step toward becoming a full-fledged citizen is knowing what the ballot choices are, so hopefully I'm helping with that. If you have information, commentary, or candidate websites to offer, please leave a comment. Thanks!

To see all the candidates for the Tennessee House of Representatives, click here.

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State House Elections | By joe lance | 01:47 PM