Your guide to the 2018 general elections, state primary in East Tennessee

Published: Jul. 21, 2018 at 6:31 PM EDT
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Here's a look at some of the top races — including



— across East Tennessee:

Governor's race
Diane Black (R) Diane Black was born January 16, 1951, in Baltimore, Maryland.and graduated from Andover High School. After attending a college in Maryland, she moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University to become a registered nurse. Black is pro-life and plans to protect the religious freedom of entities that refuse to perform, pay, or refer abortions. She previously served in the state legislature and has been serving as the U.S. Representative for Tennessee’s 6th congressional district since 2011. Watch WVLT's interview with Black Twitter:@RepDianeBlack Instagram:@repdianeblack Facebook:Diane Black

Randy Boyd (R) Randy Boyd was born in South Knoxville in 1954 and graduated from the University of Tennessee. Boyd said he is a proud Republican and wants to improve the lives of Tennesseans. One way is through the Drive to 55 campaign, which makes sure 55 percent of Tennesseans are getting an education past high school, whether that’s college or mechanical school. He has worked with current governor, Bill Haslam. Watch WVLT's interview with Boyd Twitter:@randyboyd Instagram:@randyboydtn Facebook:Randy Boyd TN

Beth Harwell (R) Beth Harwell moved to Tennessee at age 16 and attended Lipscomb University, where she earned a master’s degree from George Peabody College and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt. She said she always enjoyed government, and that is when she ran for State Representative in the 56th district while teaching classes at Belmont. Beth is running for governor because she wants to change the outlook on public spending. She considers herself a Ronald Reagan Republican and became a state chairman. Watch WVLT's interview with Harwell Twitter:BethHarwellTN Instagram:beth.harwell Facebook:Beth Harwell

Bill Lee (R) - WINNER Bill Lee is married with four children and considers himself a cattle raiser. He said he is a true Tennessean who values family, his business, and his life in Tennessee. He spends most of his time traveling and wants to make life easier for all Tennesseans. Bill went to Auburn University where he studied mechanical engineering. He now lives in Franklin and he wants to lead Tennessee in the right direction and build more jobs, and economic growth. He is running for governor for Tennessee and his campaign focuses on the middle class, hard working blue collars. Watch WVLT's interview with Lee Twitter:BillLeeTN Instagram:billleetn Facebook:Bill Lee

Basil Marceaux (R) Basil Marceaux was born May 26, 1952 in Pennsylvania. He ran for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and also ran for governor in 2002 as an independent. He considers himself a historian and served as a US Marine. He is currently living in Soddy Daisy and is running for governor to make a point for the economic growth for Tennessee. Twitter:marceaux2010 Facebook:Basil Marceaux Jr.

Kay White (R) Kay White was born and raised in East Tennessee. Kay is a woman of faith and wants to lead that into the office. White is pro-life, conservative and wants to help the state with hard decisions dealing with economic issues. Kay attended East Tennessee State University in Johnson City where she studied medicine. She was a business owner, so she knows how to manage and be in charge. Kay said she is speaking for the people, and she is running for governor to overall improve the state of Tennessee. She wants to “drain the swamp” and be out with the old and in with the new. Kay currently lives with her husband and they both own Fresh Foods in Tennessee. Watch WVLT's interview with White Twitter:@kaywhite4tngov Facebook:Kay White for Tennessee

Karl Dean (D) - PRIMARY WINNER Karl Dean is from Tennessee and has expressed a huge concern about taxes. Dean is running for governor because he wants to bring more of an economic opportunity to the state. His main focus is education and jobs, saying he wants to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to better themselves. He managed the city of Nashville during the 2010 flood. He currently lives in Davidson County with his family. He attended Belmont and knows how to run an office. Dean has made public schools in Tennessee a main focus for his platform, and is constantly visiting schools to showcase what he can do. Watch WVLT's interview with Dean Twitter:KarlFDean Instagram:electkarldean Facebook:Elect Karl Dean

Craig Fitzhugh (D) Craig is a native from Lauderdale County who attended Ripley High School in 1968 and then the University of Tennessee, where he got his master’s degree. Craig said he is a family, Godly, and community man. He is seen all over doing things for his community. He wants to make athletics important in Tennessee, and he believes that running for governor will help with tax dollars and cut spending. He currently is on the board of Launch Tennessee and has been very active in the Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball Teams. Craig is a huge supporter of lowering property taxes, education and public schools in the state. Watch WVLT's interview with Fitzhugh Twitter:craigfitzhugh Instagram:craigfitzhugh Facebook:Craig Fitzhugh

Mezianne Vale Payne (D) Payne lives in Gainesboro and said she is fighting for the people. She believes that everyone should be able to voice their own opinion. She is originally from Alabama, but is excited to get to know the state while campaigning. Payne is highly educated and is a multimedia journalist. She studied journalism and is the only woman running on the Democratic side of the gubernatorial ticket. She fights for gun rights and wants every child should to feel safe while in school. Twitter:payne4governor Facebook:Mezianne Payne

The following are running as independents and can be written in: Mark "Coonrippy" Brown: Brown wants the Tennessee to pay closer attention to the wildlife in the state. Brown went viral on YouTube with a video of his pet raccoon. He is a strong Christian and believes that the people’s voices should be heard. Sherry L. Clark: Clark ran for Knoxville mayor in 2006. She currently lives in Knoxville with her family. No information on her current platform is available. Justin Cornett: Cornett is a member of the Libertarian party and is from Lenoir City. He focuses on returning the country to constitutional principles. Gabriel Fancher: Francher live in Murfreesboro where he is a realtor with Reliant Realty. He is a member of the Libertarian party and is a Western Kentucky University and Middle Tennessee State University alumni. No information on his current platform is available. Sean Bruce Fleming: Fleming is a member of the Libertarian party and is from Bradley, Tenn. No information on his current platform is available. William Andrew Helmstetter: Helmstetter is a member of the Libertarian party and is from Cleveland, Tenn. No information on his current platform is available. Cory King: King is a member of the libertarian party and is from Knoxville. No information on his current platform is available. Mathew Koch: Koch is a member of the Libertarian party and is from Chattanooga, Tenn. No information on his current platform is available. Tommy Ray McAnally: McAnally is from Tullahoma, Tenn. No information on his current platform is available. Dr. Jessie D. McDonald: McDonald is originally from Alabama, but has called Tennessee home since college. He earned his doctorate in education from Tennessee State University. Along with education and politics, McDonald has experience in radio broadcast and has driven a cab for over 33 years. McDonald is from Nashville, Tenn. Toney Randall Mitchell: Mitchell is originally from Virginia, but now lives in Cleveland, Tenn. No information on his current platform is available. Yvonne Neubert: Neubert earned a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University. She has been blind since her 20s. Nuebert is involved in many organizations like The National Federation of the Blind, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, an Tennessee School for the Blind. Neubert says she is a member of the Green party, though she also frequents Libertarian functions also. She lives in Knoxville, Tenn. Alfred Shawn Rapoza: Rapoza is Hispanic American and lives in Hendersonville, Tenn. He is a member of the Libertarian party. No information on his current platform is available. Chad Riden: Riden is a resident of Nashville where he has lived for the past 18 years. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting/mass communications. Riden worked in local television and radio before moving to Nashville in 2000 to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. Riden is running to make a difference when it comes to healthcare, school systems, housing, labor and laws to protect from discrimination. Riden wants healthcare for all, sustainable housing for the homeless, legalization of marijuana and laws to protect the LGBT community. Robert Sawyers Sr.: Sawyers is a resident of Nashville where he lives with his family. He graduated from Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice. Sawyers currently serves as a CEO of Music City King’s and Queen’s Youth Sports, a non-profit organization out of Nashville. If elected, he plans to bring all Tennesseans out of poverty, stop social injustice, legalize marijuana and raise the minimum wage rate. Heather Scott: Scott is a resident of Mt. Juliet and was an independent candidate for District 57 of the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2010. No information on her current platform is available. George Blackwell Smith IV: Smith is a resident of Chattanooga. No information on his current platform is available. Jeremy Allen Stephenson: Stephenson is a resident of Seymour where he lives with his wife and two sons. He is chairman of the Sevier County Libertarian Party and currently works as a delivery driver for FedEx. Stephenson stands for pushing liberty on all legislative level. Tracy C. Yaste Tisdale: Tisdale is a resident of Maryville where she lives with her husband and three children. She is running to make the state of Tennessee a better place. If elected, Tisdale plans to legalize medical marijuana, find and expose corruption in the state, take responsibility and promote honesty. Mike Toews: Toews is a resident of Signal Mountain where he lives with his wife and three daughters. He's a U.S. Air Force veteran, having served for over 20 years. He stands for more freedom and less government. If elected, Toews plans to do away with current state funding of political parties, create equality laws, limit government spending and cut taxes. Rick Tyler: Tyler is from Miami but is currently a resident of Ocoee, Tennessee, where he lives with his family. He has sought office before, running for the 3rd congressional district House seat and the U.S. Senate, but lost both races. If elected, Tyler plans to stop what he calls the "Muslim invasion in the state," end abortion, protect gun rights and help students in public schools receive a better education. Vinnie Vineyard: Vineyard is a resident from Pigeon Forge and graduated from the University of Alabama Samoa with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He's licensed in alcohol and drug counseling, owns a small business and is a current on-air personality at Big and Funky Productions in Gatlinburg. If elected, Vineyard plans to protect the First and Second amendments, legalize medical marijuana, protect civil liberties, protect personal freedoms, supports term limit of elected officials and promote peace. Jaron D. Weidner: Weidner is a resident of Memphis where he lives with his family. He attended Visible Music College in Nashville where he studied music business. He is co-owner of Avenue Coffee in Memphis and is a producer and vocalist in band. No information on his current platform is available. Patrick Whitlock: Whitlock is a resident of Franklin and attended Vanderbilt University in 1999. He went on to be an assistant basketball coach at Pepperdine University for five years. While at Pepperdine, he received a master's degree in educational technology. Whitlock currently teaches government at Ravenwood High school where he also coaches the men’s basketball team. If elected, Whitlock’s main goal is to improve the education system. His campaign centers off the issues of education, infrastructure and the legalization of sports gambling. Joe B. Wilmoth: The candidate did not respond to a request for information about his current platform. Mark Wright: Wright started his career in management in the car rental industry while completing his bachelor’s degree in business management from Middle Tennessee State University. He spent over a decade in progressive leadership roles focusing on the people side of change management including leading nationwide process improvement teams for Dollar Thrifty Automotive group. He has used this experience to help implement changes in manufacturing and warehousing companies in Middle Tennessee while prioritizing being a dad to two kids. Mark entered the race because he believes that in the current political environment there is a desperate need to bring people together to generate long-term solutions. He will use his experience and success in these areas to focus on strengthening families and communities today and for generations to come.

Candidates for U.S. Senate

Marsha Blackburn (R) -- PRIMARY WINNER Marsha Blackburn is from Brentwood. She, along with her husband Chuck, have been married for 42 years and have two children and two grandchildren. According to her website, Blackburn started out selling educational books, listening to people as she went door to door. She is currently running for the United States senate to "remind the senate that it serves you." Twitter:Marsha Blackburn Facebook:Marsha Blackburn

Aaron L. Pettigrew (R) Aaron Pettigrew is originally from Wyoming, currently living outside of Murfreesboro. According to his website, Pettigrew is a Tennessean by choice, and is running because he believes that "now is the time to send someone to Washington that really will listen to you, represent you and serve you!" Twitter:Aaron Pettigrew Facebook:Aaron Pettigrew For Senate

Phil Bredesen (D) - PRIMARY WINNER Phil Bredesen was governor of Tennessee from 2003 to 2011. He grew up in Shortsville, N.Y., and earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Harvard University. He and his wife, Andrea, moved to Tennessee in 1975. He's running for Senate to represent Tennesseans and "bring Congress back to basics." Twitter:Phil Bredesen Facebook:Bredesen for Senate

Gary Davis (D) Gary Davis did not respond to a request for information about his current platform.

John Wolfe (D) John Wolfe attended the University of Tennessee and graduated in 1978 with a degree in political science. He then went to the University of Memphis and graduated in 1982 with a law degree. He's currently running for the Tennessee seat in the United States Senate. Twitter:John Wolfe U.S. Senate Facebook:John Wolfe U.S. Senate

The following are running as independents and can be written in: Trudy A. Austin: Austin is a retired Army captain from Harriman. She is married and has two children. She completed her Bachelor's of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. John Carico: The candidate did not respond to a request for information about his current platform. Dean Hill: The candidate did not respond to a request for information about his current platform. Kevin Lee McCants: The candidate did not respond to a request for information about his current platform. Breton Phillips: The candidate did not respond to a request for information about his current platform. Kris L. Todd: Todd is a lifelong resident of Tennessee raised in Medina. He graduated from Lambuth College in Jackson with a Bachelor's and then obtained a Master's from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is running for Senate because he "loves Tennessee and is really concerned about the nation."

Candidates for U.S. House District 1

Mickie Lou Banyas (R) Born to an Army captain, Banyas grew up living all around the United States. She spent several years in Germany, and her family later moved to Johnson City. She attended school to become a pediatric nurse. After several of nursing, she began studying social sciences and government at Harvard. She joined the Navy in 1996 to help pay for her law school. She graduated from Pepperdine Law School and is licensed in Tennessee. Banyas is passionate about fighting for the rights and care for our service men and women. She wants to keep training for jobs strong in our state and continue to grow our economy. Facebook:Banyas for Congress

James Brooks (R) James Brooks did not respond to a request for information about his current platform.

Todd McKinley (R) A native to Kingsport, McKinley joined the Army shortly after graduating from Sullivan North High School. During his 11 years of service, he worked on individual assignments in the white house for six and half years, earned his rank as an SFC, and spent time in both Iraq and Afghanistan before retiring in 2016. While serving time, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security from American Military University and Masters in Global Leadership from Duquesne University. Since retiring from the U.S Army, he has volunteered with several veteran service organizations and has similarly served as a state delegate to the 2017 Young Republican National Convention and a volunteer for the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Committee. The time he spent in the Army led to his passion for helping veterans, and help aid in the change from military life to civilian life. Twitter:@todd4house Facebook:Todd McKinley for Congress

Phil Roe (R) - PRIMARY WINNER Born in Clarksville, Roe earned his medical degree at the University of Tennessee and then served two years in the United States Army Medical Corps. He ran a medical practice in Johnson City for 31 years, delivering around 5,000 babies. From his years as a Physicians, Roe grew passionate about America’s health care system. He is the co-chairman of the House GOP Doctors Caucus and a member of the Health Caucus. Before serving in Congress, Phil served as the Mayor of Johnson City from 2007 to 2009 and Vice Mayor from 2003 to 2007. Twitter:@DrPhilRoe Instagram:@drphilroe Facebook:Phil Roe for Congress

Marty Olsen (D) - PRIMARY WINNER A former OB-GYN physician, Olsen grew up in Appalachia where he found his passion for opiate-addicted pregnant women. He found he loved providing and aiding treatment to both the baby and the mother. His physician practice took him to international borders in the Middle East where he taught health and safety courses. Olsen also invented unique surgical simulation technology to help in medical training. Olsen aims to provide aid in public health insurance coverage so all people can have access to health care. Twitter:@martyo4congress Facebook:Marty Olsen for Congress

The following is running as independents and can be written in: Michael D. Salyer:The candidate did not respond to a request for information about his current platform.

Candidates for U.S. House District 2

Tim Burchett (R) - PRIMARY WINNER A graduate of Bearden High School and the University of Tennessee, Burchett has spent most of his adult life serving in government. In 2010, he served as Knox County mayor where he focused on fighting against property tax and cutting down the county's debt and built a new elementary school. Before serving as mayor, he served in the State House of Representatives and State Senate. Tim has a passion for fighting for “what is right” and fighting for East Tennessee. Twitter:@timburchett Facebook:Tim Burchett

Jason Frederick Emert (R) An eighth-generation East Tennessean, Emert has earned both his MBA and law degree before taking over the family business. He then started a company of his own that he has run for several years. Emert has a passion for future leaders as he has worked as an adjunct professor teaching a wide range of American government topics. He hopes to fight for values of the Republic party. Twitter:@jasonemert Facebook:Jason Emert

Hank Hamblin (R) Born to working-class parents, Hamblin learned from an early age the value of working hard. Raised in LaFollette, Hamblin joined the Army and served for 26 years. The leadership skills Hamblin learned while serving has helped him make a change for East Tennessee.

Jimmy Matlock (R) Matlock comes from a family with deep roots in Lenoir city. He helped run his family business, Matlock Tire Service & Auto Repair, for over 30 years before getting into local politics (Loudon Co. Republican Party) and eventually getting elected to state house where he served for 11 years. Matlock is running for congress due to disdain with the current climate in Washington. According to his website, “I’ve watched with disgust as Washington, D.C., seems to become more and more of a swamp filled with self-serving career politicians who say one thing to get elected and then act for their own self interests once in office. I believe that men and women of principle must now rise to the challenge of reclaiming the Capitol and correcting the course that’s been set in DC.” Matlock believes that he can accomplish his goals due to the fact that he’s an outsider that can bring East-Tennessee conservative values to Congress. Twitter:@JimmyMatlockTN Facebook:Jimmy Matlock For U.S. Congress

Sarah Ashley Nickloes (R) Ashley Nickloes serves with the Tennessee Air National Guard and the Air Force and is currently a Lt. Colonel. She has a bachelor's in communications with a focus on journalism and a minor in German. After attaining these degrees from Appalachian State University, she moved to Germany to further her German studies and later married her husband, Dr. Todd Nickloes, and has five children. They now live in Rockford. She's running because, according to her website, “A strong, secure America needs its leadership in Washington that does its job and does it well - Washington does not need more career politicians.” Nickloes plans on going to Washington to strengthen the military, protect the borders, and grow the economy. She isn’t a career politician and doesn’t aspire to be one. Twitter:Ashley Nickloes for Congress Facebook:Ashley Nickloes for Congress

Vito Sagliano (R) Sagliano is a veteran who was a U.S. Navy Seabee, where he participated in both military operations and humanitarian efforts. He then became a steelworker and welder, and eventually started a small business called VAS Technologies in 2012. He eventually closed his business in 2016 to help his wife with her own small business, and has been enjoying his life as a family man since its closure. According to Sagliano's website, “I intend to bring the voice back to “We the People” and prove to those who have me elected that the people are the power behind this nation. Not by fancy words, but by my actions. I stand by what is right, and defend those who need their voices heard. We may ruffle some feathers in the process, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take to do the right thing for the People. I am a man of my word, and I will promise you I DO deliver.” Twitter:@vitoforcongress Facebook:Vito Sagliano for Congress

C. David Stansberry (R) Stansberry is an Army veteran who was inspired by Ronald Reagan's handling of the Iranian embassy crisis. Stansberry has served in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. He’s a retired senior, a Minister at Maynardville Church of Christ and worked three jobs for the last 20 years before retiring. Stansberry is running to, "provide equal representation to all citizens of the 2nd Congressional district, especially the regular, working people...The same-sex marriage issue was examined and rejected by over 80% of Tennessee voters (1.4 million) in 2006. The U.S. Supreme Court unconstitutionally forced all Americans to accept the homosexual church’s unique doctrine of same-sex marriage in 2015. I believe this issue still matters to the citizens in the 2nd Congressional district. No other candidate is willing or able to stand up for the peoples' [sic] right to reject this church’s radical doctrine. I have studied this religion since the 1970's and am uniquely qualified to defend 2nd Congressional District citizens right of freedom of religion and freedom of speech.” Facebook:stansberryforcongress

Renee Hoyos (D) - PRIMARY WINNER Hoyos is the daughter of a public school teacher and a Seventh-Day Adventist. She holds her grandfather in high regard and values public service, having been Executive Director of the Tennessee Clean Water Network for the last 14 years. She has advanced degrees in Science and Agricultural Management which she pursued after college, and has also served as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the national Clean Water Network, and was a founding board member of the Community Health Alliance. She’s also served as the Chairperson and Commissioner of the Knoxville Transportation Authority, and was on the Board of Directors for the Bijou Theatre. Hoyos is running because, “I am concerned that Congress doesn’t work and is not attending to the needs of most Americans. It becomes more obvious to me each day that the current administration is not providing the leadership we need to meet the challenges we face.” Hoyos is also concerned with environmental issues and healthcare, as well as education. Twitter:@Hoyos4Congress Facebook:Renee Hoyos for Congress

Joseph William Schenkenfelder (D) The candidate did not respond to a request for information about his current platform.

Joshua Williams (D) Joshua Williams is a doctor with a degree in clinical psychology, after being the head of a community health center in Maryville, he then began work at a new division of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital where he worked with children and their families. During his time at Children’s Hospital, he helped over 2,000 children from over 20 different counties in Tennessee. He and his wife, Dr. Laurie Williams, have three children who are all adults. Williams is running because, “It is time for true, effective leadership in Washington. We need leaders who say what they mean, mean what they say, and know how to get things done. We need leaders who aren’t afraid to listen to good advice just because it comes from somebody in the other political party.” Williams believes that Congress doesn’t understand or care for the needs of the majority of US citizens and wants to change that by being a voice for East Tennessee. His focuses are affordable health insurance, growing business, and bringing about progress without the sacrifice of civil liberties. Twitter:@Joshua4Congress Facebook:Joshua Williams for Congress

The following are running as independents and can be written in: Jeffrey A. Grunau: Grunau said he's running because, “this is a campaign to reduce the partisan divide so we can address very real and very serious challenges to our Nation’s future prosperity.” Grunau is concerned with the "acrimonious partisan relationship" in the country and in Congress and his main goals include changing laws involving Congress in order to make managing the country and improving it easier for all involved, including the average voter. Keith A. LaTorre: LaTorre said he's running because, “I’m on the ballot because I’m dissatisfied with the partisanship in Washington, the rhetoric is getting more and more negative and tribal, I’m on the ballot, but quickly realized that you need to have a lot of time….so instead of running, I’ll present my case when I have the time to talk about how we’re Americans first, not republicans or democrats, and we don’t need parties to have a discussion. When given the opportunity without campaigning I like to extol candidates that are anti-bipartisanship, Vito is a strict constitutionalist, Renee and Joshua are good as well, Marc Whitmire is good as well, he comes from the republican side but seeks some very progressive solutions. Support bipartisan solutions. If I ever did run, as in campaign, I would push 60-40, our district is 60% republican, 40% democrat, so 40% goes unrepresented— a candidate should vote 60% republican, and 40% democrat. If we put someone up there that votes 100% for one party, that’s unfair to the citizens of our district.” Greg Samples: Samples is a Knoxville native that went to Central High School and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UT. He’s lived in Knoxville all his life and raised his family here, and became an “Alternative Health Counselor” in 1988. He’s authored two books, the Health Freedom Manual, and The Constitution of the United States of the Earth. He first entered politics in 1994 for Congress, and was chosen by the Libertarian party to run for the Senate in 1996. Since then he’s run three campaigns for congress until 2012, and is now running again. Samples said he's running because, “My goal as your representative in Washington will be to bring Peace, Prosperity, and Freedom to America. Each of these universally desired blessings have been diminishing in recent years, and it is essential not only to stop the erosion of these virtues, but to restore them to their fullest measure….We can no longer allow our present government to become more destructive. Please help me, in any way you can, to restore our government to one that functions within its rightful powers. As Edmund Burke once said, 'The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.'” Marc Whitmire: Whitmire is a veteran and a small business owner who’s dedicated to ending corruption in Washington. He's running because, “Marc is a veteran and small business owner fighting to end the corrupting influence of money in politics. He believes guaranteeing health care for every American with Medicare for All will help entrepreneurs by freeing up capital to grow their business and hire more workers. He will pursue sensible investments in emerging industries to create thousands of new, skilled jobs with good wages, ultimately reducing dependence on government services by closing the income gap. Those jobs will require skills, and people will need the training and education to pursue them. Marc believes every kid deserves a shot at the American Dream, and will fight to take Tennessee’s promise of a free college education to every citizen nationwide.”

Candidates for U.S. House District 3

Chuck Fleischmann (R) - PRIMARY WINNER Fleischmann currently represents the 3rd district of Tennessee and lives in Ooltewah with his wife, Brenda, and their three sons, Charles, Jamie and Jeffrey. According to his website, he is running for office so he can "try to bring that American dream that he's been privileged to be a part of to you, to your family and to your grandchildren." Twitter:@RepChuck Facebook:Congressman Chuck Fleischmann

Jeremy Shane Massengale (R) Massengale lives in Cleveland with his wife, Molly, and their youngest son, Phillip. Their oldest son, Nathan, is currently enrolled in the University of Tennessee. According to his website, Massengale is "not a lawyer or career politician. He is a blue collar worker that knows what it is like to live from paycheck to paycheck." He is running because "he believes it is time for citizen legislators to be sent to congress." Twitter:Jeremy Massengale for Congress Facebook:Jeremy Massengale for Congress

Harold E. Shevlin (R) Shevlin is a businessman living in Ooltewah, TN with his wife of 28 years. Together, they've had 7 children. Shevlin says that he has spent much of his adult life buying failing businesses and building them up. "I know this has given me the experience to succeed not only for myself but for the folks I represent," Shevlin writes. Twitter:Harold Shevlin Facebook:Harold Shevlin for Congress

William E. Spurlock, Sr. (R) Spurlock grew up in Chattanooga. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps, and after three years of active duty he attended the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, earning a B.S. in business management. Spurlock has worn many hats throughout his life, working as a police officer, mechanic, welder and carpenter, to name a few. He is running for Congress because "the values sculpted by a call to duty and service to country are more important than ever." Twitter:William E. Bill Spurlock Sr. Facebook:Spurlock For Congress

Danielle Mitchell (D) - PRIMARY WINNER Dr. Mitchell is a small business owner from Hixson. According to her website, she grew up in a poor family and decided to go into medicine in order to help others. "I have spent my adult life listening to and caring for others," her website says. "Representing people means you listen to their concerns, you find solutions, and you get stuff done." Facebook:Dr. Danielle Mitchell for US Congress TN-3

The following is running as independents and can be written in: Rick Tyler: The candidate did not respond to a request for information about his current platform.

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