published Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Republican Johnny Horne best for 28th District

Republican Johnny Horne faces an uphill battle to defeat Democratic state Rep. JoAnne Favors. Favors defeated 20-year incumbent state Rep. Tommie Brown in the Democratic primary after reapportionment left the two state lawmakers living in the same state House district.

The 28th District, which was redrawn to collect as many liberal pockets of Chattanooga as possible (namely the Southside, Highland Park and Avondale communities), is now one of the most Democratic-leaning in the entire state.

In fact, it is one of the few Democratic state House districts in the state, period. And that’s what makes Horne’s case for election particularly compelling.

With Republicans on the verge of taking control of a supermajority of the seats in the Tennessee General Assembly, which would allow them to govern even if no Democrats bothered to show up to Legislative Plaza, Democrats will be largely ineffective at representing their constituents.

Horne, a moderate Republican who leads the congregation of a small, predominantly black church in the Curtis Street neighborhood, is poised to offer a voice for the 28th State House District that Favors can no longer effectively provide. As Horne points out, “As a Republican, I’ll have a seat at the table.”

It’s hard to argue with Horne’s logic. As effective as state Rep. Favors may have been representing her district when Democrats controlled the Tennessee House, this newly configured 28th District will be one of the lowest priorities for members of the state legislature — despite the fact that it faces issues related to unemployment, crime, education and poverty that should make it a top concern.

A Vietnam veteran, Horne has been active in service to the community, directing the Learning Academy and the Sports Academy Program at Howard High School. He also served as a commissioner on the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth and sat on the boards of Chattanooga Human Services and the Chattanooga Creek Cleanup Advisory Group.

Horne can make sure the people of the district are not forgotten in Nashville. For that reason, the Free Press endorses Johnny Horne to represent District 28 in the Tennessee State House.

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Loyalties said...

Great News for District 28! Mr. Horne is a retired Lt. Col. from the U.S. Air Force Pilot. He protected our country in a huge way. Wounded twice in the Vietnam War, Mr. Horne fought relentlessly and never gave up. This is the type of man we need to represent District 28. This district cannot afford to have ineffective leadership because it will be ten more years before District 28 will have another chance to improve the condition of this community with this much power at the table. I applaud the Chattanooga Times Free Press for recognizing this fact. Mrs. Favors only has 34 votes from the Democratic Party and Mr. Horne has 65 votes form the Republican Party and it takes 50 votes to carry a bill which means a vote for Mrs. Favors is a dead vote! Mr. Horne is extremely intelligent and is more than capable of leading this District with Legislation that will lead District 28 to great heights in the area of Education, Job Opportunities, Business Growth, Safer Neighborhoods, and programs for our Youth and Young Adults to promote healthier lifestyle choices and better opportunities for their future. Wake up District 28 and vote for "CHANGE" vote for Johnny Horne State Representative District 28!

October 23, 2012 at 5:48 p.m.
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