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Swann thankful for receptions as he runs for State House

More than 100 people turned out for a reception to support Republican State House of Representatives candidate Art Swann earlier this summer.

Swann said the get-together at Gwen Berrong’s home at Lambert Acres Golf Course went extremely well. “We had a good crowd, probably 100 people, and we raised a little money,” Swann said.

Swann said his team has been successful raising money throughout the campaign. “People have been generous, and we appreciate that,” he said.

The former District 20 state representative who served from 1985 to 1989 said receptions have been important to his campaign to win the District 8 seat being vacated by State Rep. Joe McCord, who has served for 12 years.

Swann won the Republican nomination for the seat during a primary race with Scott Hughes of Seymour. He now faces Marvin Pratt of Gatlinburg, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary in August. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 2.

“It is real important (when people come). It builds the base. The reception we had at Springbrook reflected that. Alcoa was our number one voting precinct (in the primary) and gave us half our winning margin,” he said.

Swann said the Walland precinct was his third best voting area in the primary, which he believes was helped by a reception held in that area.

“It lets you know that while you may be drawing people from throughout the county, getting out and meeting people through events like receptions have an impact in each community.”

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