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Van Huss, Hill re-elected to General Assembly

Robert Houk • Nov 6, 2018 at 11:16 PM

Two veteran Republican incumbents in Washington County are returning to the Tennessee House of Representatives. State Reps. Micah Van Huss, R-Jonesborough, and Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, both defeated their opponents in Tuesday’s election.  

In the 6th District race, Van Huss outpolled independent candidate Murphey Johnson by 8,439 votes. The 6th District covers the northern and western parts of Washington County.

Van Huss is a web programmer with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Pensacola Christian College. The former Marine was elected to his fourth two-year term in the General Assembly.

“I will continue to vote against in-state tuition for illegal aliens and ensure that Tennesseans are put first,” Van Huss told the Johnson City Press last month.

Van Huss collected 15,878 votes to 7,439 for Johnson, who is an engineer and former Navy pilot with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In the 7th District race, Hill collected 13,226 votes to the 6,676 cast for Democratic challenger Nathan Farnor to win his eighth two-year term in the General Assembly. Farnor is an employee at East Tennessee State University.

During the campaign, Hill said Tennessee “must improve access” to health care for patients, but aded, “Medicaid expansion is not the answer.”

Other local races for the General Assembly on Tuesday included the 3rd House District, where incumbent state Rep. Timothy Hill, R-Blountville, was unopposed for the seat that represents all of Johnson County and parts of Carter and Sullivan counties. Hill collected 3,024 complimentary votes in Carter County, 4,918 in Johnson County, and 10,507 votes in Sullivan County.

State Rep. John B. Holsclaw, R-Elizabethton, was also unopposed in the 4th House District, which represents all of Unicoi County and a part of Carter County. Holsclaw received 12,535 votes in Carter County and 5,110 votes in Unicoi County.

Rep. John Crawford, who represents a portion of Sullivan County, was unopposed in the 1st House District.

Rep. Bud Hulsey defeated two opponents to win his third term to represent the 2nd House District, located in Sullivan County. Hulsey was opposed by Democrat Arvil Love Jr. and independent Robert Ellis.

And state Sen. Dewy Rusty Crowe, R-Johnson City, was unopposed in the 3rd Senate District race. Crowe represents a part of Carter County, and all of Washington and Unicoi counties. He was re-elected to his eighth four-year term to the Tennessee General Assembly with 50,189 votes, making him the longest-serving member of Northeast Tennessee’s legislative delegation.

Hank Hayes of the Kingsport Times News contributed to this report.

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