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Jason Emert says he is out of the hospital, he has recovered from a recent illness, and he is still considering a race for the state House of Representatives.

Emert says reports of his illness were overblown and that he's now fine. He has been talking with members of the House Republican Caucus and gauging support for a run against state Rep. Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville. Johnson is a leader of the Knox County Democrats and the Republicans would like to pick up her seat.

Emert works for his family's health care technology business.