Republican voters in Sullivan, Johnson and Carter County have selected their nominee to represent the party in November’s general race for the 3rd District State House seat. Timothy Hill was victorious Thursday evening after defeating a full slate of candidates in the race.
Yesterday’s Republican Primary for the seat, which has been held by Scotty Campbell of Mountain City for the last two years, featured four individuals vying to be the party’s nominee in three months. Hill defeated fellows Republicans Karen Greene Morrell, Kevin Parsons and Thomas White with 53 percent of the unofficial final vote.
Parsons finished second with 28 percent of the vote, while Morrell gained third place with 13 percent. White earned less than one percent of the total vote.
Following the Tennessee General Assembly’s 2012 redistricting plan, the 3rd House District now includes portions of Eastern Carter County, including Roan Mountain, Tiger Valley, Hampton and Valley Forge.
The 3rd District, which also includes portions of Sullivan County and the entirety of Johnson County, was split in their final decision on a Republican nominee. While Parsons was victorious in Johnson County, Hill gained the overall win after decisive victories in Sullivan and Carter Counties.
In Carter County, Hill picked up 61 percent, or 524 votes, in the final results. With his 187 ballots, Parsons finished in second place in the Carter County precincts with 21.9 percent of the vote. Morrell came in third with 13.9 percent and 119 votes. White was a distant fourth with 2.6 percent of the overall votes.
Following his victory Thursday night, Hill will move on the November general election where he will face Democratic challenger Leah R. Kirk. Kirk ran unopposed for her party’s nomination in yesterday’s primary.
Carter County’s other State House of Representatives seat–the 4th District–featured only one primary race. Republican Thomas Gray, who ran in a one-man field, will challenge incumbent Kent Williams in the Nov. 6 general election.
Williams, a former Republican, was ousted from the party three years ago after siding with House Democrats to secure the Speaker’s seat. Since the Tennessee Republican Party removed him from their ranks, Williams has run as a Carter County Republican.
In uncontested primaries, Republican Congressman Phil Roe picked up 2.941 votes in Carter County. Roe will vie for the 1st District U.S. House against Democrat Alan Woodruff.
Woodruff, who was running unopposed on the Democratic side of yesterday’s primary, earned 226 votes in the party’s race.
Carter County Republicans also selected incumbent U.S. Senator Bob Corker to be the party’s nominee for the second time in six years. Corker was the overwhelming choice in Carter County and across the Volunteer State in yesterday’s primary. Locally, the junior Republican Senator from Chattanooga gained 84 percent of the total vote. Corker’s 2,637 votes in Carter County far outpaced his closest opponent. Fred R. Anderson’s 158 votes.
While Carter County Democrats selected Greene County actress Park Overall as their choice to face Corker, she was defeated on the state level by Mark Clayton of Nashville.
Corker and Clayton will appear on the ballot in the upcoming general election in November.