Two elementary schools were directly impacted by a massive tornado in the Oklahoma City area on Monday. It brings to mind a storm from a 1996 tornado which destroyed the Allardt Elementary School in Fentress County.More >>
Two elementary schools were directly impacted by a massive tornado in the Oklahoma City area on Monday. It brings to mind a storm from a 1996 tornado which destroyed the Allardt Elementary School in Fentress County. More >>
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville's high-profile state senator now has a well-known challenger from within his own party.
Richard Briggs, a Knox County commissioner, said he's running in the
Republican primary for the District 7 seat held by State Sen. Stacey
"I like a good fight. I like a good scrap," Campfield
said. "I've always been me. I always try to stay true to what I believe
in. Feel free to talk about it or not talk about it. You like it or
don't like it. This is me. These are the things I believe in. I support
the traditional family."
The way he does that sometimes puts him in the national spotlight, like Thursday night with Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central.
a very funny guy. It's easy to make something sound funny when you take
something out of context or you turn it to sound like something it
really isn't," Campfield said.
"If I am fortunate enough to be
elected senator, I don't want to be on national news. I want to be the
quiet guy that's in there getting the job done, working for people,"
Briggs said. "I want to make it very clear, we're not running against
any issues or any person. We're running for things. Some of those things
include economic development, better jobs, lower taxes, better
But it was just over two years ago that Briggs supported Campfield's run for senate, even contributing to his campaign.
think he's strayed some from the party principals," Briggs said. "Don't
underestimate how hard a retired military colonel who's a cardiac
surgeon, how hard that guy knows how to work."
"We'll see what happens at election time. May the best man win," Campfield said.
Former County Commissioner Frank Leuthold was named Briggs' treasurer in the campaign.
Campfield, who's serving his first term as a senator, has been in the spotlight lately for his controversial "Don't Say Gay" bill. The bill prohibits any instruction, material or informational resources on LGBT discussions at schools.