SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL)- There are four contested races for state representative here in the Tri-Cities. We are highlighting each of those races so you know who is on your ballot before heading to the polls on Election Day.
Wednesday we talked with the two candidates vying to represent a part of Sullivan County including Kingsport.
Incumbent Republican Bud Hulsey is hoping for a second term as state representative.
“It’s a huge honor to be there to begin with and of course two years you don’t even really get your feet wet, you start to learn the system,” Hulsey said. “If you’re going to do something that’s halfway comprehensive and really tackle some big issues you have to have credibility and you have to have influence with people and you can’t get that in a year or two.”
His opponent is Democrat J.S. Moore.
“Public service should be about the public not about the party affiliation that type of thing. I was really surprised that Bud doesn’t keep an office,” Moore said.
“I don’t have an office because I wouldn’t be able to staff it but I get emails from people every day and I respond to him every day even when we’re in session,” Hulsey said.
Hulsey said two issues on his priority list are getting regulations on Suboxone clinics, and an issue with the death penalty.
“(There’s) an office that’s set up that defends death penalty cases post conviction. I think it’s way out of balance compared to all the hoops district attorneys have to jump through with the amount of money that they have versus this office. I’d like to make a level playing field there,” Hulsey said.
Hulsey said one of the first pieces of legislation he will introduce if re-elected is a follow-up to his bill last year that expresses support for the storage of gold and precious metals in a Tennessee bullion depository.
“Now I’ve got to work on a tax exemption for purchasing a gold bullion, precious metal bullion and that’s a big thing, that’s a big thing. My biggest aim here is to provide or try to be used to set things in motion to give people in Tennessee sovereignty and give them security when the federal government goes crazy,” Hulsey said.
Moore said he wants to provide security for workers in Tennessee. “If we had labor unions in place they would have a little more of a cushion more of a safe feeling,” Moore said.
Moore says his top two priorities: “Education and roads, roads around here are a disaster,” Moore said.
As far as what his first price of legislation would be, “It would be something that’s going to benefit this area,” Moore said. “People that have held that office have never done anything that really benefited this area.”
You can chose your state representative on November 8th.
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