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June 12, 2006

Battle for the General Assembly 2006: House Districts 12-23

Picking up where we left off, here's a look at some more primaries to be decided on August 3.

District 12 (part of Sevier County)
Republican Rep. Richard Montgomery is unopposed.

District 13 (part of Knox County)
Neither GOP challenger J. Randall Parker nor Democratic incumbent Harry Tindell has opposition until they face each other in the general.

District 14 (part of Knox County)
Republican Rep. "Parkey" Strader is unopposed.

District 15 (part of Knox County)
Democratic Rep. Joe Armstrong doesn't have a primary opponent, though he probably should. Read more.

District 16 (part of Knox County)
Republican Rep. and House Minority Leader Bill Dunn is unopposed. If Republicans acquire a majority, Dunn will likely move up a rank or two.

District 17 (parts of Jefferson and Knox Counties)
Republican Rep. Frank Niceley is being challenged by fellow Republican Jim Bletner. Bletner also ran in 2004, though I'm not certain it was for this seat. It looks like it was. Someone correct me if I'm mistaken.

District 18 (part of Knox County)
Republican Rep. Stacey Campfield is one legislator who can answer me in kind, if he so wishes. Why? He runs a weblog, lastcar.blogspot.com, and he has used it for good and for ill. Many, and I admit I'm no exception, have taken exception to his, um, language skills. But to his credit, Mr. Campfield has taken these hits in stride, with a great sense of humor, and has kept on blogging. In essence, what he's done is a great thing. He has often given us insights into our citizen legislature that we would not have had. He got himself into hot water, after a failed attempt to join the Legislative Black Caucus, when he compared their admission policies unfavorably to those of the KKK. Oh, Stacey. I don't know whether it was that, or several other incidents, or just a general sense that change is needed, but he has drawn two opponents in the GOP primary. George Dodson and Gary Drinnen will each try to unseat him (and each seemingly has the funds to pull it off); the winner there faces two more opponents in November.

District 19 (part of Knox County)
Republican Rep. Harry Brooks is unopposed.

District 20 (part of Blount County)
Republican Rep. Doug Overbey is unopposed.

District 21 (parts of Loudon and Monroe Counties)
Republican Rep. Russell Johnson decided to give up this seat for a chance at the District Attorney's office, so there are two Republicans and one Democrat aiming to replace him. The GOP candidates are Robert Joe Lee and Jimmy Matlock. One of them will face Ann Barker.

District 22 (Meigs County; Polk County; part of Bradley County)
The incumbent here, Rep. Eric Watson of Cleveland, won a special election after former Rep. Chris Newton resigned in disgrace. (Attorney Sally Love served a brief appointment prior to being defeated by Watson.) You remember Newton: he was the only House member and the only Republican (so far) to be indicted in Operation Tennessee Waltz. He's serving his time. Eric Watson caused a small stir himself recently, by publicly decrying the rights of "queers and lesbians" to join the rest of us married folk. Some took issue with his use of the "Q word."

District 23 (McMinn County; part of Monroe County; additional)
Republican Rep. Bob McKee has vigorous primary opposition in one Mike Bell. Several have commented that McKee won't survive this challenge.

There's more to come, but that's all for now.

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State House Elections | By joe lance | 10:29 PM