Art Swann picked as interim successor to Sen. Doug Overbey

The Blount County Commission voted today to name state Rep. Art Swann of Maryville to temporarily fill the state Senate District 2 seat vacated by Doug Overbey, who resigned to become U.S. Attorney for East Tennessee.

Swann received 14 votes from commissioners to three for Scott Williams, who lost to Overbey in the 2016 Republican primary, according to County Clerk Gaye Hasty. Four commissioners were absent at the meeting.

The appointment is effective immediately. Swann took the oath of office following the vote.

Swann, who has held the House District 8 seat since 2010, will serve on an interim basis until the November, 2018, election. He has declared he will seek election to the seat in next year’s campaign.

Williams, who got 5,155 votes to Overbey’s 8,126 in the 2016 GOP primary, has also indicated he will run next year for the position.

Said Williams in a Facebook post after the vote: “Thanks everyone for calling and coming to the BCC meeting sadly they chose Swann but not unexpectedly. The fight has just begun!”

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, meanwhile, offered congratulations to Swann via Facebook:

Congratulations to my friend Art Swann on his appointment to the Tennessee Senate by the Blount County Commission. Art has been a highly respected member of the House of Representatives who has served his constituents with great distinction. He will be an excellent state Senator for the people of Blount and Sevier counties.

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