Environmentalist becomes 2nd Democrat in 2nd Congressional District race

Renee Hoyos, executive director of the Tennessee Clean Water Network,  has filed papers with the Federal Election as a candidate for election in the 2nd Congressional District, reports the Nashville Post. She becomes the second Democrat to enter the contest to succeed Republican U.S. Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan.

A California native, Hoyos worked for the California Natural Resources Agency under then-Secretary Mary D. Nichols before assuming the helm at TCWN in 2003. In the past 14 years, she’s grown the non-profit’s budget and staff, turning it into one of the state’s leading watchdog environmental groups.

… Hoyos will face Knoxville psychologist Joshua Williams in the Democratic primary. (Previous post HERE.) The winner will take on whichever of several Republicans emerges from what is likely to be bitter and expensive fight to replace the retiring Duncan, whose family has held the seat with little to no competition since the 1960s. The 2nd District has not elected a Democrat since before the Civil War.

Former state legislator and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and current state Rep. Jimmy Matlock (R-Lenoir City) are considered the likely frontrunners in the Republican primary. Also running are Ken Gross, the director of safety and risk management for renewable energy company Ameresco, and Brad Fullington, a financial planner in Knoxville.

Note: The FEC website shows a fifth Republican, Vito Anthony Sagliano of Knoxville, has also filed paperwork as a Republican candidate.

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