KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Three people have expressed interest in replacing Tennessee Rep. Joe Armstrong on the November ballot following his conviction of tax fraud, including his wife.
LeTonia Armstrong confirmed Wednesday she is seeking her husband’s seat serving the 15th District. “I’m talking with as many people possible in order to make a decision based on what is in the best interest of the 15th District,” she said.Previous story: Tennessee State Rep. Joe Armstrong found guilty of fraud
LeTonia Armstrong says she served for 18 years as a corporate lobbyist and traveled across the country, working with legislators on both sides of the aisle.
Knox County Democratic Party Chairman Cameron Brooks says in addition to Letonia Armstrong, he was also contacted by former mayor and current Knoxville City Council Member Dan Brown and recent Knox County Commission candidate Rick Staples.
Because of his conviction, Joe Armstrong can no longer appear on the November ballot. State Democrats have until September 29 to name a replacement. There is not a Republican candidate running in that district. Pete Drew is on the ballot as an Independent.