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House District 49: Mike Sparks vs. Mike Williams

Republican state Rep. Mike Sparks, a longtime Smyrna resident and former Rutherford County commissioner, is being challenged in the 49th District of the Tennessee House of Representatives by Democrat Mike Williams, a retired Methodist minister and sociology professor.
From a Tennessean story on the race:
Sparks said he has a pro-business platform that seeks to reduce regulation at the state and local levels.
“Small businesses create the majority of the jobs, and not big businesses,” Sparks said. “There are not lobbyists for the small-business people because they can’t afford it and they are too busy working 50 hours a week.”
Sparks also vows to help prisoners who have completed their sentences be better prepared to be productive citizens.
Williams is retired from a career in ministry for the United Methodist Church and as a sociology professor for 23 years for The Ohio State University at Mansfield.
Williams said his key platform is jobs.
“I intend to help create jobs and preserve jobs by helping our small businesses succeed,” Williams said. “Part of helping our small businesses succeed involves working to give them the tax breaks they need, breaks from workers’ compensation charges.”