Former Johnson City mayor eyes run against Van Huss

Steve Darden, an attorney and former Johnson City mayor, is considering a Republican primary run for the state House District 6 seat now held by Rep. Micah Van Huss, R-Gray, reports the Johnson City Press.

“I’m honored to be seen as someone who could make a positive impact in Nashville on behalf of Washington County and bring some much-needed effectiveness and vision to that role,” Darden said. “There are a lot of factors that have to be evaluated, including family and professional matters, but yes, I am considering throwing my hat into the ring.

“I’ve gotten quite a bit of encouragement from friends, family, folks I go to church with, the business community and others to run in the Republican primary for the state House. They recall that we accomplished a lot while I was a commissioner and mayor, and that I have been very involved in economic development and job creation in our area, as well as several projects like the Tweetsie Trail and Founder’s Park that have enhanced our quality of life.”

Note: The article is rather complimentary of Darden. It begins by quoting the newspaper’s past use of five words to describe him: “Calculating. Deliberate. Courteous. Intelligent. Shrewd.”