Psychologist seeks Democratic nod in 2nd Congressional District

Joshua Williams, a 64-year-old Knoxville clinical psychologist, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District seat now held by Republican John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr., reports the News Sentinel.

Williams is running to work toward comprehensive health and mental health care, “fair and just” taxation and tax reform and to work to end the opioid and heroin epidemic that’s striking the country, particularly Appalachia.

“It’s one of the places I’m uniquely qualified to comment on because I’ve been in healthcare for over 30 years and I see the end result – I see the bodily damage and death caused by these drugs,” he said.

The state’s 2nd Congressional District hasn’t been held by a Democrat since before the Civil War in 1855, so it’s been a while.

“What you’ll hear me say repeatedly is that Mr. Duncan and his father (Rep. John Duncan Sr.) will have represented the second district for 52 years out of the 200 that the state has had representation,” Williams said. “And you’ll hear me say that we appreciate their service. That’s about all I’d say about it.”

Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. hasn’t said publicly whether he will run for office again next year.

…Williams has been a board member of Leadership Knoxville, the Tennessee Voices for Children and the Knox County Community Health Improvement Council. He and his wife, Laurie, also a clinical psychologist, live in Knoxville. They have three grown children.

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