Tipton Co. will select new rep for first time in 38 years

Tipton Co. will select new rep for first time in 38 years

(WMC-TV) - Tipton County is now its own House District.

For the first time in 38 years, voters in Tipton County will elect a new state representative.

The longest serving speaker of the house in the country, Jimmy Naifeh, announced his retirement earlier this year.

Now, three people are running to fill his seat.

"I'm very concerned about the governor wanting to put more children in classrooms. That concerns me because we already have a heavy burden to reach kids in class," said Democratic candidate Conneye Albright.

Albright has spent 20 years in education as a teacher and librarian.  She wants to increase teacher pay and bring more jobs to the area.

Brighton businessman and farmer Tommy Hill is running as an Independent candidate.  If elected, he plans to look beyond party lines to increase education funding and bring new industry to Tipton County.

"What we're trying to do in Nashville is that the legislation that is presented, if it's something that's good for our people, I'll be for that. If it's something that's just good for East Tennessee, where all the power is, then we're not gonna be for that," said Independent candidate Tommy Hill.

Debra Moody hopes her years as a Republican activist will earn her the votes to win.

Her focus is on the economy, running on the theme of taking your voice to Nashville.

"I'm a good listener and I'm a doer. I also believe in Reagan's three legged stool to cut taxes, reign in government spending and for the government to get out of the way and that unleashes job creation and that's what Tipton County needs," said Republican candidate Debra Moody.

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