Richard Briggs considers run against Stacey Campfield

Knox Commissioner Richard Briggs considers run against State Sen. Stacey Campfield

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County Commissioner Dr. Richard Briggs says he has his eye on running for the Tennessee Senate seat currently held by Stacey Campfield.

Briggs said Monday he is setting up the infrastructure for a possible campaign, but doesn't anticipate making a formal announcement until after the November election or even the first of the year.

Briggs was elected to the commission in 2010. He is a heart and lung surgeon.

State Sen. Campfield has served the 7th District since 2010 after holding a seat in the Tennessee House for six years. He has been a controversial figure in the state legislature, especially with outspoken views on social issues that have grabbed national attention.

"People need jobs, they need to get back to work," Briggs said. "The economy is very important. The state needs to promote business, they need to promote education. We need to be certain that Knox County has a representative in Nashville that's willing to speak very forcefully and understands that these issues are very important."

At least one other candidate is looking to challenge Campfield in 2014. UT Statistics Instructor Brian Stevens has set up a campaign Facebook page.

Stevens describes himself as an economic moderate and social libertarian.

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