Are You Kidding?

Mike Arms, chief of staff for Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale, is sounding out local Republicans about his chances in a state senate race.

State Sen. Tim Burchett is giving up his seat to run for county mayor, replacing the term-limited Ragsdale. Arms is considering a race for Burchett’s seat and has been hitting the lunch tables to solicit advice. Arms was an employee of SAIC in Oak Ridge and a Knox County Commissioner before taking the staff job when his friend Ragsdale was elected.

Their reign has not been without controversy. Ragsdale was censured by County Commission after a series of critical audits. Evidently, Ragsdale and Arms have given up on plans to run Ragsdale for governor.

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