The race for the District 20 State Representatives seat being vacated by State. Rep. Doug Overbey is heating up as three individuals have picked up petitions for the position.
One potential candidate is current Blount County Commissioner Steve Hargis. The 60-year-old husband and father of two said he is currently just considering a run for the office.
“Actually I’m not ready to announce or commit one way or the other,” Hargis said. “I’m sampling the water and trying to assess how much it is going to cost to run. Right now I’m telling people I’m interested, and I’m asking for advice and anything they can do to help me to be a better state representative if I decide to run.”
Hargis reiterated that he was still not ready to commit to the race. “If I decide to (run), it would be in the next three or four weeks, closer to the date you have to turn (petitions) in,” he said.
Hargis said currently he’s speaking with as many people as he can. “Three-fourths of my commission district is in the 20th district,” he said.
Hargis said the state representative’s job is a position he has thought about in the past. “Yes, you always like to improve,” he said. “The opportunity is here and now, if I want to do this. After I retire, I don’t want to say I had the opportunity to do it and yet I didn’t.”
Hargis and his wife, Janie, have been married 36 years. They have a 31-year-old daughter and a 21-year-old son. Hargis works in high voltage Power Operations at K-25. “I’ve not made any mistakes,” he said of his high-risk job. “You only get to make one.”
Hargis also volunteers with the Friendsville Volunteer Fire Department. He is the public information officer for the department.
Also picking up petitions to run for state representative, District 20, are Tonawanda Monroe-Ball and Jimmy B. Melton. Blount Today was not able to contact them by press time.