Former Campfield aide among challengers in House District 18

Two Republicans and a Democrat have collected qualifying petitions to run for the House District 18 seat now held by Rep. Martin Daniel, R-Knoxville, reports Georgiana Vines. One of the Republican challengers is a former aide to former Sen. Stacey Campfield.

Bryan Dodson, who said he helped Campfield with all his legislative campaigns, is the first of any candidate to return his qualifying petition for the 18th District. The pizza deliverer said he isn’t running against Daniel but for himself.

Daniel, owner of a billboard business, is seeking re-election.

James Corcoran, a lawyer who practices in Juvenile Court in Knox and Blount counties, also has taken out a petition (in the GOP primary) to represent the district.

Dodson has issued a challenge to his opponents not to spend more than $20,000, which is about what the legislative post pays.

Daniel, who self-financed his campaign two years ago, said, “I’ll spend what it takes to get my message across.”

Meanwhile, two new Democratic faces have taken out petitions. Brandi Price, an attorney in Knox County Juvenile Court, seeks to represent the 18th District, and Heather Hensley, a registered nurse, has taken out a petition to run in the 89th District, represented by Rep. Roger Kane, a Republican.

Hensley said she has degrees from Pellissippi State Community College, Tennessee Wesleyan College and Tennessee Technological University.