‘I am more than Joe Armstrong’s wife’

LeTonia Hardin Armstrong was politicking Saturday, passing out a resume of her qualifications to serve in the House District 15 seat at a Democratic women’s gathering, reports Georgiana Vines. The Knox County Democratic Executive Committee meets Thursday to choose a replacement nominee for Joe Armstrong, who was convicted of filing a false federal income tax report.

“I am more than Joe Armstrong’s wife,” she said following the luncheon at the Foundry.

…(She) distributed to some Democrats and the media a copy of an email she has written to 15 members of the Knox County Democratic Party who will make the decision.

She considers her credentials to be:

•She is a longtime resident and Democratic voter of the district;

•She attended Chilhowee Elementary School and graduated from Holston High School and from the University of Tennessee with a master’s of public health degree;

•She just retired as government affairs director of AbbVie, a pharmaceutical company that works with legislators;

•She has been on the boards of the Knoxville Women’s Center, the YWCA, the American Heart Association and the Civic Coliseum and is a member of the Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus and the Perfect 36 Society of the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument, both of Nashville.

…Other candidates seeking the position are City Councilman Daniel Brown, a former Knoxville mayor, and Rick Staples, a community advocate who has unsuccessfully sought other elected posts.

Armstrong, 55, said the vote seems to be weighing heavily toward Staples from what she can determine.

“It is an unfortunate opportunity. I’m capable. I have credentials. I know the process already,” she said.