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VOL. 40 | NO. 34 | Friday, August 19, 2016

Knox Democrats select replacement for convicted lawmaker

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NASHVILLE (AP) — Knox County Democrats have chosen a nominee to replace longtime incumbent Rep. Joe Armstrong, who was convicted of filing a false tax return in a federal trial earlier this month.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2b6vIWe) that county party leaders selected Rick Staples to become the new nominee because Armstrong's felony conviction disqualifies him from appearing on the ballot.

Other candidates for the spot included Armstrong's wife, LeTonia Armstrong, and City Councilman Daniel Brown.

Staples said his experience in making unsuccessful bids for the city council and county commission will help him focus his bid for the state Legislature. He faces independent Pete Drew in November. No Republican is running.

Armstrong was elected to the House in 1988 and was tied with two others as the chamber's longest serving members.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 0 0
MORTGAGES 0 0 0
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 0
BANKRUPTCIES 0 0 0
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 0 0
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0