The Washington County Commission has passed a resolution urging the Tennessee Republican Party to reinstate House Speaker Kent Williams so he can run for re-election in the upcoming Republican primary in neighboring Carter County.
The resolution tells the party Williams was elected in Carter County as a Republican and it should be up to the local Republican voters to decide, in the upcoming primary, whether they want Williams to continue to represent them.
The state party threw Williams out after he got elected Speaker of the House last session with Democratic votes, preventing the election of Republican Leader Jason Mumpower.
Chris Devaney, chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party, sent a letter to the Carter County election administrator Monday saying the state party has determined that "if Rep. Kent Williams files as a Republican, he is not qualified to appear" on the ballot. Locals are instructed not to allow Williams on the ballot in the upcoming Republican primary.