Lundberg wins Ramsey’s state Senate seat

Tennessee state Rep. Jon Lundberg will replace outgoing Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey as the seat holder in the 4th Senatorial District, reports the Kingsport Times-News.

Lundberg, R-Bristol, easily defeated former state Rep. Tony Shipley, Colonial Heights Republican Neal Kerney and Blountville Republican John Paul Blevins in Thursday’s GOP Primary. No Democrat has filed to run for the seat.

Lundberg took 6,679 votes, compared to 2,630 for Kerney, 2,508 for Shipley, and 330 for Blevins, according to unofficial returns from Sullivan, Carter and Johnson counties. The only county where Lundberg was seriously challenged was in Johnson, where he recorded a 20-vote victory.

Lundberg has served as House District 1 representative since 2006.

“I think voters have affirmed me because they’ve watched for 10 years and what I’ve been doing,” Lundberg said of the outcome. “They see common sense introducing legislation and dealing with things in a common sense fashion. That’s what I’m taking away from this.”