Excerpts from a Times-Free Press article on the House District 29 Republican primary, pitting incumbent state Rep. Mike Carter of Oolteway against Ethan White, 27, a Collegedale city commissioner and Realtor:
“I am running for the District 29 seat to bring fresh and innovative ideas to our community and the state Legislature,” White said when he announced his campaign this spring.
…In a recent editorial board meeting with the Times Free Press, White challenged Carter’s proposed de-annexation proposal, claiming it would prevent cities from growing. That bill follows Carter’s landmark annexation reform legislation, which requires citizens to vote to approve annexation instead of allowing municipalities to bring in new territory just by passing an ordinance.
Carter, 62, an attorney and former Hamilton County General Sessions Court judge, says giving people a vote whether to be brought into a city is doing only what’s right and fair by the state’s residents.
“We were told it could not be passed,” Carter said in recent phone interview. “It was difficult, but it passed.”
Carter said he also plans to continue the fight to bring broadband services to rural Tennesseans despite the opposition and influence of corporate telecommunication giants such as AT&T and Charter.
In this year’s session he voted to de-fund the University of Tennessee’s Office of Diversity and opposed an attempt to override Gov. Bill Haslam’s veto of legislation naming the Bible as the official state book.