On May 29, the Johnson City Press Community Editorial Board invited candidates running for the Republican nomination to serve Tennessee House Districts 6 and 7 to attend a June 24 public meeting at the Jonesborough Visitors Center.
Challengers Phil Carriger and Todd Franklin, who are seeking the District 7 spot, and Clayton Stout, who is running for the District 6 seat, accepted the invitation to field questions at the meeting.
Incumbent Rep. Micah Van Huss, R-6th, did not respond. Incumbent Rep. Matthew Hill, R-7th, did email the Press saying he could not attend the meeting. However, Hill’s communication came after members of the Community Editorial Board decided to cancel the meeting due to an incomplete panel.
Candidates were informed their comments at the meeting would help the Community Editorial Board form a decision on endorsements.
On June 18, the Press sent an email to each candidate. The communication asked candidates to supply answers to seven questions concerning prominent state legislation, as well as state and local issues. Candidates were asked to return their responses by the close of business July 8.
This request also informed candidates that the board would consider the responses for the purpose of helping guide its endorsements.
Carriger, Stout and Franklin confirmed receipt of the request within a few days. On June 25, the Press emailed Hill and Van Huss asking that they confirm receipt of the request. Neither responded.
On Tuesday, July 8, the Press again emailed all candidates, reminding them the due date was at hand. Carriger, Stout and Franklin delivered their responses before the due date passed. Neither Hill nor Van Huss returned the request.
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