Steve Hall has left Knoxville City Council just in time to start running for the state House of Representatives. Hall, term-limited off council, is seeking the House seat being given up by state Rep. Stacy Campfield, who is running for the state senate.
Hall is an experienced campaigner and would be considered the front-runner at this point. Gary Loe, a local broadcaster, attended a recent House Republican caucus fund-raiser and was introduced around by his longtime friend Joe May, a lobbyist. Loe has a weekly show on the Ice Bears on MyVLT.
The Democrats are expected to contest the seat. Sam Alexander, a union organizer, is considering a run and has money pledged in support. The district is not as Republican as some others in Knox County, though the GOP would probably have an edge, depending on turnout.