Former Johnson City commissioner Phil Carriger will challenge incumbent state Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, for the GOP'S 7th District House seat.
"I'm convinced I have the support, and I think I can beat him," Carriger said this morning. "They need somebody in Nashville with some business and financial experience — Matthew doesn't have that."
Carriger said he will make a formal announcement in January.
The state primary is Aug. 7.
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