Knoxville’s Michele Carringer and Eddie Mannis will advance to the November election for state representative seats, according to unofficial returns.
Thursday’s primary narrowed the race for state representatives. Here’s who will face off in the November election.
State Rep. District 16
Michele Carringer will be the Republican nominee for Rep. Bill Dunn’s seat. Earlier this year, Dunn, the longest-serving Republican member of the House, announced he would not seek re-election after 26 years.
Carringer is a Knox County Commissioner for District 2. She has served on the commission since August 2016. Carringer beat Patti Bounds, a longtime Knox County Board of Education member, for the nomination.
Carringer was celebrating her victory on Thursday night at her home with a small group of family and supporters. She credited her success to her “grassroots campaign” and her time on county commission.
“I’m just very humbled just to have this opportunity to move forward to November,” Carringer said. “I’m speechless, really … I’m overwhelmed.”
Carringer will face Elizabeth Rowland, the Democratic nominee, in November. Rowland was the only Democrat running for this seat.
“I’m ready to take maybe a half day off tomorrow and get back to work,” Carringer said.
Rowland is the founder of the TN-China Network, a non-profit that connects people in Tennessee and China for business.
State Rep. District 18
Eddie Mannis will be the Republican candidate for Rep. Martin Daniel’s seat. Daniels held his seat in the House for three terms, and announced he would not seek re-election earlier this year.
“I’m honored by this win tonight and I will do everything possible to earn your vote in the future,” Mannis said in a video posted to Twitter.
Mannis is a former candidate for Knoxville mayor and a Knoxville business owner. His campaign for mayor last year was his first run for a political office. He beat Gina Oster by 99 votes in this primary.
“It’s on the general now and my team will be working really, really hard to make sure that we earn the confidence of all the voters in district 18,” Mannis said.
Virginia Couch will be the Democratic candidate for Daniel’s seat. She was running unopposed in this primary.
Couch is an attorney at The Trust Company of Tennessee, and is also the founder and co-owner of Barkside Lodge, a dog boarding and care center in Lenoir City.
State Sen. District 6
Jane George, a Knoxville native, will be the Democratic candidate for district six, and will face incumbent Sen. Becky Duncan Massey in November.