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Uncontested House seat gets first candidate

The Davidson County state House seat currently held by retiring Democratic Rep. Jason Potts has its first contender for 2022.

Jeff Preptit, a public defender and the son of Haitian refugees, filed paperwork with the state to establish a candidate committee in House District 59.

The district could look drastically different by the time of the 2022 elections, as state lawmakers are currently considering redistricting maps.

"Growing up in Tennessee, I’ve seen what great things this state can accomplish,” Preptit told the Post. “For my entire adult life, I have been committed to serving my community and seeking to make it a better place by serving as a public defender. I am exploring a run for House District 59 to continue to help cultivate an institutional structure that supports all Tennesseans and works to extend opportunity to every corner of our community and state."

Potts, a builder, missed more than half of the 2021 legislative session and said he would not seek re-election so that he could focus on his career.

Preptit attended Lincoln Memorial University’s law school and Milligan College, where he was elected student body president.

By: Stephen Elloitt - Nashville Post

Notes: Uncontested House seat gets first candidate | Elections |

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