Your 2020 Tennessee State Republican Candidates
TN State Senate, District 6: Becky Duncan Massey
Knoxville native Becky Duncan Massey has been married to software developer Morton Massey since 1976. Both earned bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. They are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Courtney and Kristen, and doting grandparents to granddaughter Bailey. The family has been members of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church since 1976.
As executive director of the Sertoma Center since 1993, Becky manages a staff of over 200 people and balances an annual operational budget of over $8 million. The center serves over 100 adults with intellectual disabilities by providing vocational training, part-time employment, mental health support, life skills and residential services. She also worked for the Dogwood Arts Festival as special events director and was the vice president of American Savings and Loans. As an adjunct professor at Walters State Community College, she taught a money and banking course.
Giving back to your community is very important to Becky. She has served on the board of directors of the Akima Club of Knoxville, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, Overlook Mental Health Center, Sertoma Center and the UT Alumnae-Knoxville Chapter. Becky's other business positions, community leadership positions and information about Becky's family legacy can be found on Becky's website.
Becky was elected to the Tennessee Senate on Nov. 8, 2011, and has served in the 107th and 108th general assemblies. She is the only business woman in the assembly who is a provider of social services. Becky serves as chair of the Senate Calendar Committee and is a member of the Health and Welfare Committee and Transportation and Safety Committee. She was elected to serve as secretary for the Senate Republican Caucus. Becky was appointed to the Tennessee Technology Access Program Statewide Advisory Council; Statewide Planning and Policy Council for the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; and Tennessee Economic Council on Women. She received the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police Legislative Award in 2012 and 2013 and was honored by the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians as 2012-13 Legislator of the Year. The Tennessee Cancer Coalition recognized Becky as its 2013 Legislator of the Year in recognition of her strong advocacy for cancer prevention and control policies designed to reduce the burden of cancer in Tennessee. In 2014, Becky received the Freedom Award for Legislative Excellence from Disability Rights TN. She was appointed by Governor Haslam to serve on the task force for Sentencing and Recidivism.
TN State Rep., District 13: Elaine Davis
Elaine grew up in Farragut and graduated from Farragut High School and the University of Tennessee. Elaine has been married for 24 years and has three children. Her oldest serves in the Air Force Guard, while her middle child is currently attending Pellissippi State, and her youngest is junior at South-Doyle High School.
While earning a degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice, Elaine volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. That passion for advocacy assisted her in becoming a voice for her one of her sons when he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She became a School Advocacy Program Advocate and Call to Congress Delegate for the American Diabetes Association as well as receiving an award for Valued Support, Leadership, and Commitment. In addition, she served on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Legislative and ACT teams. Elaine later served her community as a Knox County Commissioner and Chair of the Knox County Ethics committee for four of the six years she served on that committee. Elaine was also appointed to serve on the Knox County Beer Board and Intergovernmental committee.
Elaine has continued to ensure that the community's voice is heard through hosting a local radio program, being guest panelist on local political programs, and arranging Concerned Citizens forums allowing for citizens the opportunity to meet local officials and make known their concerns.
TN State Rep., District 14: Jason Zachary
TN State Rep., District 16: Patti Lou Bounds
TN State Rep., District 16: Michele Carringer
Michele Carringer is a Republican Candidate for Tennessee State Representative District 16, which includes the Fountain City, Halls, Powell, and Heiskell communities, in the upcoming August 6 Republican Primary.
She is currently completing a four-year term as Knox County Commissioner having been elected to represent the citizens of the Second District in the August 2016 election. The past two years she has served as the Vice Chairperson of the Commission. Michele previously served as Commissioner for Seat 7A from January of 2009 through August of 2010. Her area was redistricted to District 2. She has served on the Court Subcommittee, the Joint Education Committee, Vice Chair of the Rules Committee, Sponsored the Knoxville County Employee Insurance Benefits Committee, the Cable TV Committee, Finance Committee, Insolvency Board, Beer Board, served as the Designee for Tennessee County Commission Association Board where she also serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee and Veterans Committee.
Michele is a life-long resident of Knoxville. She graduated from Central High School in 1980 and attended the University of Tennessee in the College of Communications.
Michele is proud to be married to Dr. Michael Carringer for 39 years and they have raised two children, Dr. Christie Carringer Lewallen, M.D., who is a Hospitalist with her father at University of Tennessee Medical Center, and Kent Carringer, J.D., who works at Carroll, Anderson & Foust. Christie is married to Grant Lewallen, J.D., who is a partner at Baker, O’Kane, Atkins & Thompson, and they have one daughter, Emma Grace Lewallen who is 7 years old. Kent is married to Jessica Alston Carringer, who is a Nurse Practitioner with University Cancer Specialists. They have one daughter, Olivia Scarlett who is 2 years old, and are anxiously awaiting the birth of Jack Michael Carringer expected in August. The Carringers and their children live in Fountain City and attend church at Sevier Heights Baptist Church.
Throughout her life Michele has been active in her community, serving on numerous non-profit boards and service organizations including the Knoxville Academy of Medicine Alliance, the Akima Club of Knoxville, the Halls Crossroads Women's League, North Knoxville Business and Professionals, the Knox County Foster Care Review Board, Former President of the University of Tennessee Delta, Delta, Delta Mom's Club, The Executive Committee of the 2014 Congressional Medal of Honor Committee, the Broadway Corridor Task Force, the Sertoma Center, Sertoma Center My Life Board, Metro Drug Coalition, Three Ridges Golf Course, Free Medical Clinic of America, Knox County Career Technical Education (CTE), Fountain City Town Hall, and the East Tennessee Epilepsy Foundation. She has served as the Secretary of the Fountain City Lions Club and is Vice President of the Fountain City Company. She also delivers Mobile Meals.
A life-long Republican, Michele has served as President, Vice President, and Secretary of the Fountain City/North Republican Club, Vice President of the Volunteer Women's Republican Club, Secretary of the Halls Republican Club, member of the Powell Republican Club and former First Vice Chair of the Knox County Republican Party, and was Secretary of the Knox County Republican Party. She is currently serving as The Republican State Executive Committeewoman for Senate Seat 6.
TN State Rep., District 18: Gina Oster
Gina Oster is a lifelong Republican and proud supporter of our party.
Gina is a Real Estate agent at Southern Legacy Realty and Realtor member of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors. She has experience in government including serving on the County Ethics Board from 2013-2018 and currently serving on the county Board of Equalization and the Knox County Sheriff’s Merit System Council. She also served her community as a Former President of Cedar Bluff Parent Teacher School Association.
Gina is a Graduate of Karns High School and a member of Grace Lutheran Church.
Gina is the proud wife of 30 years to Stanton Oster and a happy mother to Stanton Jr who is married to Madison and who are the parents to Gina's granddaughter Savannah; Alexander who is married to Madelyn; and Matthew, Gina's youngest, who is dating his high school sweetheart Lexi.
TN State Rep., District 19: Dave Wright
TN State Rep., District 89: Justin Lafferty
Justin Lafferty has called Knoxville home for over 33 years. He has been married for over 18 years to Jana Lafferty and they are proud parents to Madison.
Justin is a graduate of Farragut High School and the University of Tennessee. He currently operates a small real estate investment and rental business.
He is currently the State Representative for the 89th District and serves on the Government Operations, Insurance, and State Committees. He is a member of the Karns Republican Club and Center City Conservatives Club.