TRI-CITIES, TN (WJHL) -Election Day is just a week away. The race for president isn’t the only contested race you’ll find on your ballot. There are four contested races for who will represent you in our state’s capital.
This year, brothers Matthew and Timothy Hill are both running opposed.
In the race for District 7, which includes part of Washington County, incumbent Republican Mathew Hill is running for his seventh term. His opponent, Democrat Nancy Fischman is running after losing to Hill for this seat four years ago.
We asked each why they are running:
“I really enjoy serving the families of Washington County in my district and we’ve been able to help a lot of folks over the years and would like to continue to do that and continue to fight for a conservative values,” Matthew Hill said.
“We really need to have Democrats on the ballot, I’d like to see Democrats on every single ballot,” Fischman said. “I just feel that the legislation that has been passed in the last few years has been not beneficial to most of the people who live here.”
We also asked each candidate what the two most important issues are to them:
“I’m really pushing to make sure we get some kind of healthcare coverage for the people who are working who don’t have access to health insurance either through their employer or through the Affordable Care Act,” Fischman said. Her other top issue, “We need to fully fund public education in the state.”
“Keeping taxes low is extremely important not only for families but for businesses that provide jobs to those families. I think the second issue are really our values whether it be the values of being pro-life whether it be keeping our Constitution protected,” Matthew Hill said.
Over in District 3, Matthew Hill’s brother Timothy Hill is running for his third term as state representative, serving Johnson, and part of Carter and Sullivan counties. He is running against Independent Gary Kawula, an Army veteran running for office for the first time.
Why are they running?
“It’s been a tremendous honor and a tremendous amount of work and responsibility to serve the last two terms, we’ve done a lot of good things, a lot of good work and there’s still a lot of work to be done, ‘ Timothy Hill said.
“I’ve been a conservative all my life and pretty much Republican most of my life. I have decided that the Tennessee legislature has abandoned the middle class and the working poor,” Kawula said.
Kawula said at the top of his priority list is healthcare, getting Governor Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee passed, and getting medical marijuana on the ballot. He said he would also like to cut taxes on produce and dairy products.
Hill said his biggest priorities are being accessible to the people he represents and being their conservative voice in Nashville.
Another contested race is in District 2 with incumbent Republican Bud Hulsey running against Democrat J.S. Moore to represent part of Sullivan county.
In District 6, incumbent Republican Micah Van Huss is running against Democrat John Baker to represent part of Washington county.
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