Besides Burchett, Duncan retirement may bring out other candidates for 2nd Congressional District

Beside Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, who is scheduled to announce his political plans Saturday, the News Sentinel has a rundown on other prospective candidates to replace retiring U.S. Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. in the 2nd Congressional District. The article quotes former Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe as saying Burchett is the clear frontrunner at this early juncture.

Among other Republicans: State Rep. Jimmy Matlock, R-Lenoir City, who says he think about it. Also, listed as “rumored” but not quoted are Blount County Sheriff Jim Berrong, state Sen. Richard Briggs, R-Knoxville; state Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville.

State Rep. Jason Zachary, R-Knoxville, who ran against Duncan in the 2014 GOP primary, said he’s not running for Congress.

On the Democratic side, Joshua Williams, a clinical psychologist, had already announced as a candidate before Duncan said he is retiring. Renee Hoyos, executive director of the Tennessee Clean Water Network, says she’s considering a run. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero says she is not.

The district, of course, is solidly Republican and hasn’t elected a Democrat since the Civil War.

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