Hargis formally announces State House bid

On Monday, March 10, Steve Hargis announced his candidacy for the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing District 20 in Blount County.

Hargis has served as a Blount County Commissioner for 10 years representing the seventh District of Blount County, which includes Friendsville, Lanier, Carpenters, Happy Valley and Big Springs.

“When I heard that Rep. Doug Overbey would not run for re-election, I decided to step up and run,” Hargis said. “We have worked successfully together to enact legislation on several issues, including protection for firefighters’ jobs in Tennessee.

“My intentions are to continue Rep. Overbey’s strong commitment to communications. He has always been easy to talk to and understanding of his constituents’ concerns,” Hargis said.

Overbey is a candidate for the Tennessee State Senate, challenging Sen. Raymond Finney for the Republican nomination to represent Blount and Sevier counties.

In addition to working in high-voltage electrical operations at K-25 and Y-12 plants in Oak Ridge for 33 years, Hargis is also a volunteer firefighter, grant writer and public information officer for the Friendsville Volunteer Fire Department.

Hargis, 60, said he is a conservative Republican who considers the Republican philosophy in every decision he makes. He said he is especially loyal to the philosophy’s formal statement: “Government is accountable for maintaining sound money and a responsible economy. Individual rights, liberties and properties are continually eroded when citizens are oppressed by excessive taxation, inflation, government waste and over-regulation.”

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