Candidate Profiles for Knoxville Area Elections

U.S. Senate Race – Marquita Bradshaw vs. Bill Hagerty

Background: Marquita Bradshaw is an alumni of the University of Memphis, where she is from. She’s a single mother and is the first Black woman to win a senate primary in Tennessee. For most of her career she’s been an activist or working for non-profit organizations. She advocates for labor rights, education reform, social justice, but her main focus has been environmental justice. Bradshaw has received multiple awards for her work and activism and has served on boards and committees for several local and national organizations, including the Sierra Club and VOX. 

You can learn about Marquita’s policies here.

Background: Bill Hagerty is from Gallatin, Tennessee and graduated from Vanderbilt University. In 1999 he co-founded Hagerty Peterson & Company, a private equity investment firm. He was a national finance chairman for Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign. From 2011-2014 he served on the cabinet of Tennessee governor Bill Haslam as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. In 2016 he worked for Jeb Bush before he suspended his campaign, he then worked under the Trump campaign for the remainder of the election. From 2017-2019 he was the US Ambassador to Japan until he started his Senate campaign in late 2019. 

You can learn about Bill’s policies here.

U.S. House of Representatives: District 2- Renee Hoyos vs. Tim Burchett (Incumbent)

Renee Hoyos for Congress – Tennessee's 2nd District

Background: Renee Hoyos grew up in northern California and earned two degrees from the University of California Davis. After she graduated, she worked for the state of California’s Immigrant Legal Resource Center. In 2003 she moved to Knoxville to serve as Executive Director of the Tennessee Clean Water Network. While attempting to grow the network she gave up her salary three different times to make sure her employees were paid. After a few years under Renee’s leadership the network became a full blown advocacy group that has sued corporations for polluting Tennessee’s waterways, advocated for change of government policy, and testified in front of Congress.  

You can learn about Renee’s policies here.

Background: Tim Burchett is a native of Knoxville and graduated from the University of Tennessee. He first ran for office in 1994 and won the 18th Disstrict’s seat in the Tennessee State House of Representatives where he served two four-year terms. In 1998 he was elected to the Tennessee State Senate for the 7th District and served three four-year terms. 2010 Burchett ran for Mayor of Knox County and served two four-year terms. In 2018 he successfully ran for Congress to represent Tennessee’s 2nd District. 

You can learn about Tim’s policies here.

TN State Senate: District 6 – Dr. Jane George vs. Becky Duncan Massey (Incumbent)

Background: Jane George was born and raised in Knoxville and attended the University of Tennessee. She moved to Los Angeles where she started her family and earned a degree in biology from UCLA. She completed coursework for a doctorate in biology but decided she wanted to become a chiropractor. She completed studies at the Cleveland Chiropractic Clinic in Los Angeles, she went into practice and later moved back to Knoxville where she has her own practice.  

You can learn about Jane’s policies here.

Background: Becky Massey is a Knoxville native and graduate of the University of Tennessee. She was the executive director of the Sertoma Center in Knoxville for 25 years that helps adults with disabilities. She won the District 6 election for Tennessee state senate in 2011 after Jamie Woodson resigned during his term. She ran for reelection in 2012 and has served 2 full 4 years terms. 

You can learn about Becky’s policies here.

TN State House: District 16 – Elizabeth Rowland vs. Michele Carringer 

Background: Elizabeth Rowland was born and raised in Knoxville. She graduated from the University of Colorado and after majoring in International Affairs and Latin American Studies, she went to Mexico as part of a labor delegation. After Mexico she worked as a legislative assistant in Washington, DC, for former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. of Memphis. She then moved to China to learn Manderin and learn about the country’s growing economic power. She served as a senior policy analyst at the American Chamber of Commerce in China. Between living in China she earned a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. After moving back to Knoxville she founded the TN-China Network, a non-profit to focus on educating and connecting people in Tennessee that do business with China.

You can learn about Elizabeth’s policies here.

Background: Michelle Carringer is a life-long Knoxvillian and graduated from the University of Tennessee. She has served on copious non-profit boards and service organizations around East Tennessee. She’s been part of the Knox County commission since 2009 and was elected County Commissioner in 2016. 

You can learn about Michelle’s policies here.


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