Knox County

Tennessee Voter Guide – 2022 Primary Races

How To Vote For, Not Against, Your Values

Ratings: Every candidate is considered after thorough research; we also have a questionnaire for candidates to complete. Here is our rating system:

  • ***** The best candidate. Our strongest endorsement.
  • **** Very good.
  • *** Acceptable.
  • ** Vote only to prevent worse candidate(s) from winning.
  • * Terrible. Do Not Vote. All your other votes will count.

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Tennessee; Knox County, Governor of Tennessee; Primary Election

Bill Lee, Republican (Incumbent) **** (Endorsed)

Jason Martin, Democrat *

Constance M. Every, Independent (Not Rated)

John Gentry, Independent (Not Rated)

Basil Marceaux, Independent (Not Rated)

Charles Van Morgan, Independent (Not Rated)

Alfred O’Neil, Independent (Not Rated)

Deborah Rouse, Independent (Not Rated)

Michael E. Scantland, Independent(Not Rated)

Rick Tyler, Independent(Not Rated)


Tennessee; Knox County, US House, District 2, Primary

Tim Burchett, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Mark Harmon, Democrat (Not Rated)


Tennessee; Knox County, TN House, District 14, Primary

Jason Zachary, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Amanda Collins, Democrat *


Tennessee; Knox County, TN House, District 15, Primary

Pete Drew, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Sam McKenzie, Democrat **


Judges sitting on the courts may be incompetent, corrupt or lazy. Even worse, many are political opportunists with a political agenda.


There are two types of judges: judicial activists and strict constructionists. A judicial activist legislates from the bench. Instead of strictly interpreting law, these judges make the laws. Instead of applying the law to facts, they rule based on their own values.


Judicial activists overturn voter-passed initiatives and laws passed by the state legislature because they personally have a different belief system, twist the law to rationalize their decisions, and impose their own moral codes, political beliefs, and secular values in an effort to reshape our society and promote social engineering.


Strict constructionists impartially arrive at a fair judgment based on law.


Judicial activists are usually more liberal; strict constructionists are usually more conservative.



We come up with a final rating by taking the average of the candidate’s Judicial Index and Qualifications. For example, if the candidate had a Judicial Index of 8 and Qualifications of 6, their overall rating would be 7.


Judges are rated on a scale of 1-5 — 5 being best.

5 Stars – The best candidate. Our strongest endorsement
4 Stars – Very good
3 Stars – Acceptable
2 Stars – Vote only to prevent worse candidate(s) from winning
1 Star – Terrible. Do Not Vote, Unless We Say Endorsed. All Other Votes Will Count


Tennessee; Knox County, TN House, District 16, Republican Primary

Michele Carringer, Republican (No Competition)


Tennessee; Knox County, TN House, District 18; Primary

Elaine Davis, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Gregory B. Kaplan (Not Rated)


Tennessee; Knox County, TN House, District 19; Primary

Dave Wright, Republican ****

Zeke Streetman, Democrat **

Mary Ann Rochat, Independent ***** (Endorsed)


Tennessee; Knox County, TN House, District 89; Primary

Justin Lafferty, Republican **** (Endorsed)

M.D. Dotson, Democrat **


Tennessee; Knox County, TN House, District 90; Primary

David “Pozy” Poczobut, Republican **** (Endorsed)

Gloria Johnson, Democrat **


Tennessee; Knox County, State Senate, District 5; Republican Primary

Randy McNally, Republican **** (Endorsed)


Tennessee; Knox County, State Senate, District 7; Republican Primary

Richard M. Briggs, Republican ***

Bryan Langan, Democrat (Not Rated)

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