Thursday is deadline to qualify in congressional race

Robert Houk • Updated Mar 31, 2020 at 8:51 AM

The deadline to qualify as a candidate in the Aug. 6 primaries for Congress and the Tennessee General Assembly is noon Thursday.

That includes the race for the 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Johnson City,  announced in January he is not seeking re-election this year.

In Washington County, state Sen. Rusty, Crowe, R-Johnson City, has announced he will seek the 1st District seat in Congress. Former Johnson City Mayor Steve Darden also announced he would be a Republican candidate for the seat

Meanwhile, former State Rep. Charles Allen, R-Johnson City, who had picked up a qualifying petition for the race, said Monday he will not be running for Congress.

“In these uncertain times, I believe I need to remain focused on my businesses, as well as assisting other small businesses and nonprofit organizations,” Allen said.

Other Republicans picking up papers for the race in Washington County are Richard Baker, Carter M. Quillen, Chad Fleenor and Jeff Lewis. 

James Brooks has picked up papers as a Democrat, and Steve Holder is an independent candidate.

As of Monday, six Republican candidates have picked up qualifying papers in Sullivan County for the 1st District race. They are state Rep. Timothy Hill, R-Bristol, who announced his candidacy last week; Diana Harshbarger, Mickie Lou Banyas, Jason Scott Moore, Nichole Williams and Sullivan County Attorney Dan Street.

Former Kingsport Mayor John Clark, a Republican, also announced in January he will be a candidate for Congress.

In Hawkins County, Democratic candidate Blair Waisingham has announced her bid for Congress last month.

The 1st District covers all of Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties and parts of Jefferson and Sevier counties.

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