JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Voters in Washington County, Tennessee will see two state races on the November ballot. That includes the race for the representative of the state’s 6th District.
Micah Van Huss is the current Republican representative for part of Washington County. He is up against Democratic challenger John Baker.
Baker says his main priorities are job training, increasing funding for education and health insurance for all Tennesseans.
“We should have access to health care for everyone,” Baker said. “And in that health care it also should include provisions for our addiction problems in this area.”
Incumbent Micah Van Huss says he hopes to repeal the professional privilege tax, remove the Tennessee background check for firearm purchases and bring a government transparency piece of legislation.
“In committees we do not have to individually say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on a bill, we can just all of us at once give a voice vote and whatever the chairman hears is what goes,” said Van Huss. “I want to bring more transparency to the process by requiring a roll call vote in committees, which is what the Senate already does, the House does not.”
Van Huss is running for reelection he says to serve the people.
“There’s a lot of arrogance in Nashville. Republican, Democrat it doesn’t matter. There’s a lot of arrogance, and don’t vote for arrogant people,” Van Huss said. “If you think I’m arrogant, don’t vote for me.”
Baker is running for office for the first time, a moment he said was inspired when, “They took the $400,000 dollars away from the diversity training at the university and they wanted to use $100,000 of it to put ‘in God we trust’ on the back of police cars. To me that’s a disservice to our young people.”
Baker said though he is the director of the Pride Community Center of the Tri-Cities, and believes he is the first openly gay candidate, he wants to be a voice for everyone.
“We’re all diamonds,” Baker said. “There are many facets to a diamond; my being gay is just one of my facets.”
Van Huss is standing up for his ideals.
“I am a Christian conservative before I am a Republican, said Van Huss. “I believe that we need to keep our government small.”
At the end of the day both candidates agree they want everyone to come out and vote.
Early voting is ongoing. Election Day is November 8th.
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